Choosing Lawn and Garden Wheel & Tire PackagesEric Johnson
In This Article:
Choosing Wheel and Tire Packages for Lawn and Garden
First, How Do You Know When You Need New Lawn and Garden Tires?
How Do You Know When Your Lawn Equipment Needs New Wheel Rims?
Definition—What Is a Tire and Wheel Combo?
The Advantages of Tire and Rim Combos
How to Choose the Best Wheel and Tire Package for Lawn and Garden
Top Quality RubberMaster Tires Mounted on Tough SteelMaster Wheels at Treadworld
When You Need Lawn and Garden Tires, Count on Treadworld Wheel and Tire Packages
You know, even if you count yourself among the people that find maintaining your yard and garden a relaxing experience, the enjoyment can quickly turn to frustration, with a dose of pain-in-the-neck, if your equipment isn’t working properly. And the most important factor for making sure that your lawn mowers, riding lawn mowers, lawn tractors, zero turn mowers, transport vehicles, seed spreaders, slit seeders, fertilizer spreaders, garden wagons and garden carts lawn and garden equipment are safe, reliable and perform at their best the to keep your home looking good—is the tires and wheels. Cracked rims and worn out tires can damage your yard, and in some cases, result in injury. Here the tire experts at Treadworld offer you some tips to help you determine when you need new tires and rims for your lawn and garden machines and equipment, along with offering a few thoughts on why new rim and tire packages may be your most productive, most cost-effective option.
When your equipment’s tires aren’t easy-rolling and working flawlessly—poor traction and slippage, an unsteady ride or wobbly steering, tires continually losing air—it’s probably time for new tires. Usually, the need for replacement will be apparent based on your visual inspection. One of the most obvious signs is a sidewall showing signs of dry rot—primarily in the form of cracks on the sidewalls—caused by exposure to heat, UV light and oxidative degradation, common especially when equipment sits unused for extended periods of time. A loss of traction caused by dead or shallow tread can result not only in damage to the grass, but in safety issues, especially when going up and down hills. Traction challenges and loss of tread can be the result of prolonged usage, poor inflation or misaligned tires. And, of course, an easily identified sign that you should replace your lawn and garden tires is a frequent loss of air pressure. Thorns, glass and debris are enemies of lawn mower tires that can cause punctures. You may be able to use tire sealant to plug some small holes, but once you start down that path, the end for that tire is generally near, and some cracks and holes are not fixable.
The basic function of your rims is to provide leverage as well as a solid base to mount your tires. A good rim reduces friction for smooth-rolling ease, and facilitates smooth handling. One easily noticeable sign that you have rim trouble is if your tire frequently goes flat. If the tire isn’t punctured and there’s no leak around the valve stem, then the problem could very well be worn or out-of-round rims. Further, if the tire is wearing unevenly, it can be a sign that the rim is bent or damaged, leading to the tire to wearing out prematurely. Plus, worn or damaged rims can cause equipment to wobble, vibrate, or drift off-line, indicating it’s time to change out your wheels. And finally, keep an eye open for rust or corrosion. Over time, rims can rust or become corroded, especially if they’re frequently exposed to moisture or harsh weather conditions.
Also known as assemblies, wheel and rim packagers are tires already fitted, mounted and balanced on a wheel, with a valve installed, so all you have to do is install them—on your mower, riding mower, seeder, grass seed spreader, utility cart wagon, any lawn and garden equipment you have lawn and garden equipment is safe, reliable and performs at its best the tighten up the lug nuts and go. Quick and easy.
Safety. Because the Tire and Wheel Package consists of a matched set of the right tire and the right wheel, it gives you a safety advantage. Mismatched wheel and tire combinations result in uneven and premature wear that can lead to failures and blowouts, as well as stress added to other parts of your equipment—all of which can lead to uncomfortable situations, especially on terrain that isn’t flat. Convenience and Time Savings. First, you save time by making only one selection, instead of finding a tire then trying to match it to a rim. Plus, you save time by eliminating the need for mounting the tire to the wheel and installing the valve stem. That has already been expertly done, and the assembly has been balanced. Money Savings. You’ll find that it costs you less money to buy a tire and wheel assembly than to buy the same tire and the same wheel separately—and that’s before the costs of mounting and adding a valve stem.
You get your Treadworld Lowspeed Tire and Rim Assemblies delivered to your door, and if you put them on yourself, you’re ready to mow your lawn, care for your garden, seed your lawn, whatever is needed, in just minutes.
Size. Either check the owner’s manual, measure the existing wheel and tire, or check the sizes printed on the tires you’re replacing to determine the sizes you need. Lowspeed tires generally have a three-number system—like 16×6.50-8—where the first number indicates the tire’s diameter or overall height when it is mounted and properly inflated, in this case 16 inches; the second number is the tire width, in this case 6.50 inches; and final number is the rim diameter the tire will be mounted on, in this case 8 inches. The letters “NHS” after the sizing numbers mean that the tires are “Non-Highway Service” and not rated for highway speeds—not really a problem with your riding lawn mower or seed spreader.
Bolt Pattern. Another factor that you will want to consider is matching the bolt pattern of the wheel to the hub. If your current wheels connect to the hub with a 4 on 4 inch bolt pattern, then the new wheels must have a 4 on 4 inch bolt pattern as well. Along with 4 on 4, 5 on 4.5 is a common bolt pattern for lowspeed lawn and garden wheel rims. The first number indicates the number of lug holes, and the second number indicates the diameter of the circle that those holes sit on.
Tread Pattern. Choosing the tread patterns that will provide your lawn and garden equipment with the traction and stability you want, will depend in large part on the type of terrain. Turf and S-turf treads are designed to provide traction that facilitates maneuverability on a variety of surfaces, while providing excellent weight distribution, which helps to reduce soil compaction and turf damage. They are commonly used as riding lawn mower tires, on lawn tractors and yard wagons and yard carts. Ribbed treads are often used on mowers, wheelbarrows, hand carts, garden utility carts and power washers, and feature circumferential grooves and straight ribs that roll easily and provide traction, especially on wet surfaces, along with lateral stability to prevent sliding. Sawtooth treads have an angled pattern that is a hybrid between a rib and a lug tread pattern which provides excellent traction and stability on various terrains, for lawn mower tractors, garden tractors, tillers, and many times are used as zero turn mower tires. Smooth treads have no tread whatsoever and are often used for garden wagon carts, garden dump carts, wheelbarrows and hand trucks used on uneven terrain, and also with a zero-turn lawn mower since this tread excels at facilitating sharp turns, however doesn’t provide much in the way of traction.
Obviously, any advantage gained by getting a rim and tire package is lost if the individual components are not reliable. With Treadworld Tire and Wheel Assemblies, you don’t have to give quality a second thought. Every RubberMaster Tire is manufactured to strict tolerances from top rubber compounds, then triple-tested for quality, balance and uniformity before being X-rayed to be sure they’re perfect. It is then matched to a tough, durable SteelMaster Rim that undergoes its own battery of quality tests before it leaves the factory. SteelMaster Wheels are virtually indestructible. Add in a quality valve stem, and precision mounting and balancing, and you’ve got a wheel and tire package you can depend on for the long haul. Literally.
When you’re looking for replacement tires or new tire and wheel combos for your mowers, lawn tractors, riding lawn mowers, seeders, garden wagons and carts, seeders and other lawn and garden equipment, count on us here at Treadworld to provide you with the high-performing, long-lasting tire and rim assemblies you want, in a wide range of styles and a huge selection of sizes. You can count on RubberMaster Lawn and Garden Tires and SteelMaster Rims to provide you with “never-let-you-down” quality. Easy ordering, fast shipping plus your satisfaction is always guaranteed with our no-hassle Ultimate Advantage Warranty. Don’t hesitate to contact our tire experts via live chat, or email with any questions you may have, and to get the rim and tire packages—or the perfect ATV tires, UTV tires, golf cart tires, skid steer tires, trailer tires and many others—from our extensive selection.