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Posted May 11, 2014 - 08:30 PM

This may seem like a silly thing to wonder about but... What is correct as far as front wheel/tire alignment on a riding mower or garden tractor? Most of the several that I have provide adjustment . Most have adjustable "tie rods". Should the wheels/tires be parallel , that is straight ahead when the steering is centered, or is some toe-in needed? I know that no high speed handling is involved here, but what about steering ease, and tire life? Would alignment affect wheel bearing or spindle wear?Also, what would make the tires less likely to dig in and damage the grass when making turns?Am I crazy or what? Thanks.

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Posted May 11, 2014 - 08:45 PM

Excellent question. I just set parallel but not sure. Looking forward to getting answers.



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Posted May 11, 2014 - 08:48 PM

 I think most a parallel, but I have found that if they are towed in a bit the tractor turns tighter. Maybe 1/4" ???

If there towed out they don't turn as tight.

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Posted May 11, 2014 - 08:56 PM

check my manual for a JD 212 

and here is want Deere shows




how this helps

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 05:08 AM

Generally they are toes in a bit like the 112 manual above. I think this gives you better straight line stability without making it hard to steer.

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 06:42 AM

My Speedex on non-adjustable and has a very slight toe-in.

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 07:25 AM

I am glad you brought this up.  I was wondering myself.

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 04:51 PM

I would like to add to this link about my problems with a SEARS Craftsmen 917.288580 Lawn tractor with front wheel alignment problems.

I did not notice when I purchased it a couple of years ago that the wheels toed out.  Hence now after having to replace the tires do to excessive wear, the issue of poor alignment concerns me. I had looked at the same models on the show room floor last year and all of them had the same problem of toe our.  I looked at the new models of this year and all of the new modes have a front wheel alignment that looks correctly slightly toe in.


This model does not have an alignment feature.  It looks like the only thing that can be done is to remove the existing rods and bend them so that the wheels have a slight toe in condition.  I called SEARS and the most that they suggested is hat I take it into a repair shop. 


Has anyone else experienced this problem with this tractor and if so what did you do about it.