I couldn't resist picking these up. I had been watching these on ePay for quite some time, but when I first encountered them the seller had a very high shipping price on them. Then, while perusing my watch list on Wednesday, I noticed that the shipping was now free, plus the tire price was reduced. They're currently listed at $85 (Buy It Now) with free shipping. They have "more than 10" in stock. These tires usually sell for ~$150/ea (w/o rims).
The seller (Pete's Tire Barn) says that these 26.5"x14-12 Carlisle Ultra Trac tires were "changeovers" and were previously mounted on equipment. They were never run and are mounted on 6-lug yellow wheels (J-D?). They incorrectly list the bolt circle at 6.5", but I measured them at 6", which should bolt onto my HT23, or any large frame. They are definitely new tires and still have the nibs on them.
Curiously, they have an extreme negative offset, so they would stick way out and not be reversible. They would probably look cool and provide great stability, but I'm not sure how practical it would be. The 14.4" section width along with the radical offset would probably add a foot to the overall width of the tractor. As it is, I can barely fit the tractor in the shed now! I will try mounting them just to see what they look like, but I think the standard Bolens wheel would be the better option. BTW: These wheels do not have wheel weight bolt holes. What do you guys think?
Since the tires currently on my tractor are in decent shape, I'd like to find another set of Bolens wheels. Anyone have a set for a reasonable price and willing to ship to SE PA?
I set them up next to the tractor for comparison. BTW: they're supposed to be only a half inch bigger in diameter, but they look a lot bigger next to the 26x12-12s on the tractor. I think they'll fit, though. Check these babies out. As a certain presidential candidate would say, they're yuuuuge!