When it’s time to replace your lawn mower wheels, know that there are several types of tires you can choose from. Factors such as the terrain you are working on, the quality of the soil you are running your lawn mower on and the size of the hub of your tire all come together to help you determine what kind of wheels you should go for.
Typically, when choosing lawn mower wheels, you want to choose tires that are long wearing, that have good traction, and will produce minimal damage to your turf. If you are looking for wheels for your riding lawn mower, then you will want tires that can bear the weight of your lawn mower.
Here are some common types of lawn mower wheels:
Lug Tread Tires
Tread tires are recommended for lawn mowers that are used in uphill terrains and slippery slopes where good traction is necessary. These are usually used for rear end tires. These tires may cause some moderate turf damage.
Ribbed tires are recommended to be used for front end tires. These are long wearing tires designed to produce minimal turf damage.
Slick tires are recommended for heavier lawn mowers. The wide surface of the tires allows for more equal weight distribution, easier steering and traction.
There are types of turf tires recommended for front end and back end use. These tires have pretty shallow treads, which ensures minimal turf damage when running and turning. These tires are good to use in wet and soft terrains because they don’t sink in too deeply.
To make sure that your lawn mower tires remain useful for a long period of time, proper care should be observed. Here are some tips to help care for your tires:
- Make sure that the tires share the weight of the lawn mower proportionately.
- Do not allow the tires to stand in oil or have oil on their surface. Rubber in tires absorb oil and can cause them to become brittle faster.
- During winter, remove the tires from the lawn mowers and store them horizontally. This is to prevent damage from low atmospheric pressure during winter.
- If removing the tires for winter is not possible, regularly check the tire pressure throughout winter and keep it at the right level.