Shipping is a 'killer' on cost, must be considered when buying.
First thing is to check with your local (car) tire seller, like Discount Tires
ASK to see this, all tires sellers have a "Tire Wholesale" catalog where they buy their tires, there are no prices in this catalog, just pictures of all their tires, it usually has 5-6 pages of just Lawn & Garden tires
and sizes, with about 200+ tires that the local tire store can order in. Get them on the regular weekly delivery so there are no delivery charges to you (a special order can cost you $20/tire extra
Locally, the price is very good, the lowest I can find and a huge selection, and if I pre-pay the
full amount, my local store gives me a 10% discount. They will also mount them for a small fee,
plus their 16 & 23" tubes are quality thick USA made and less $ than TSC's thinner China tubes.
My favorite Lug tire is the Firestone 23º Ag
tires, (and then fill with RimGuard): Then you have the extra 60-70# of weight in them, IMO, then you would not need the studs
. There are often those tire sizes listed on eBay, but then the shipping costs. MillerTire is a very trustworthly place, and free delivery to certain shows in the Summer. Stay with the factory recommend 23" size, best all around (ground clearance loss with 21"
).This is my Wheel Horse 312 with Firestone 23º Ags, filled with RimGuard and with Inside weights, for a total of 120# extra weight per rear tire, and at 20PSI. Also have a heavy-duty 2" tow receiver on (made/sold by another member here), tractor can easily tow a 2.5 ton trailer on the drive, or for using with my carts, I get an extra 12" length for turning, but had to add a marker pole to keep from tripping on it.
Edited by MH81, February 25, 2014 - 09:23 PM.