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#16 EricFromPa ONLINE  

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Posted August 21, 2017 - 10:21 PM

 Has anyone really had axle wear issues?

 

Axle tubes on my old sears SS15 wore pretty bad. It had a huge chunk of concrete attached to the 3 point hitch when I got it. Must of weighed close to 300lbs but I didn't weigh it.

 

Axle seals were leaking bad so I replaced the seals but it didn't help much. And the differential was really noisy especially in reverse. Had to swap out the rear end.


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Posted August 22, 2017 - 07:16 AM

I would fill the back tires with washer fluid and be done with it, I use loaded tires to mow and it doesn't hurt anything.
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Posted August 22, 2017 - 07:44 AM

Where should I go to learn how to do that?



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Posted August 22, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Where should I go to learn how to do that?

Do you happen to have an old pump sprayer for herbicides? If so, you can clean it out really really well and use that

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Posted August 22, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Hi Lilly, ballasting the tires is a lot easier then most of us think at first I was one that found out its not hard once you get started, I've done three of my Power Kings, you need a couple of tools simple to get first is a small pump the ones that you chuck up in a 1/4" drill or so the second is an adapter to get the fluid into the tire, I'll attach a couple of links so you can see, I have the adapter linked it works good only thing it the air relief valve really doesn't I found it much simpler to remove the hose from the drill let the air escape and reattach the hose.To start let all the air out of the tire I set then up right with the valve stem up and start pumping in the fluid

 

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Posted August 22, 2017 - 08:10 PM

As with so many things in life, there is more than one way to do it.  Personally, I like using an inexpensive ($10) garden sprayer.  Here is my link and some pictures:

 

http://gardentractor...es/#entry212710

 

Super easy, you can keep setting it up, pumping in fluid while you putter around doing other things and refill and repeat.


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Posted August 22, 2017 - 08:19 PM

How much fluid does it take to fill a 23-10.50-12 and how heavy will it be?



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Posted August 22, 2017 - 09:06 PM

I put 5 gallons per tire. Roughly 8 lbs per gallon. I also use a weed sprayer for filling mine. Remove the wand from the hose and slip the hose on the valve stem with core removed.

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Posted August 23, 2017 - 07:58 AM

I have filled about 4 sets of my Bolens rear tires with RV antifreeze.  Break the bead free from the rim in one area only.  A screw driver will hold the tire away from the rim enough to simply pour the fluid in right out of the jug. Little air to set the bead and mount the tire back on the tractor.  No other items needed and much faster.


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Posted August 23, 2017 - 10:02 AM

Im a strong believer in keeping the weight in the wheels or tires. Counter weight if needed keep it minimal. I think loaded tires has it's advantages year round.
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Posted August 23, 2017 - 11:19 AM

I used a small Crapsman LT with a snowblower for years, little 18 or 20' turf tires with chains, no extra weights. It did fine overall, only lost steering when blower was on the ground.

 

On my Sears 16/6, I run washer fluid loaded rears and plastic 55# wheel weights all years round, tires are Deestones 23x10.50. Does pretty well, but I think it would do better if I have true 10.50 wide tires, mine only measure 9.0.

I broke the bead, set tire up on something so it was at a slight angle, used a funnel and poured it in. I got roughly 6 gals per tire.


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Posted August 23, 2017 - 12:56 PM

FYI: Bead break vs sprayer.
Biggest difference would be tubed or not.
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Posted December 31, 2017 - 09:16 PM

I got 7-1/2 gallons in each of my rear tires on my Ariens, 23x10.50-12s wasn't enough. Got 3 feet out of the garage, it kicked a chain and I sat and spun, this with the plow set ~1/2 to 3/4" high with the skids on the ground so I don't take the gravel with the snow. Got 2 sets of IH cast iron weights that I was hoping to save for the other tractor that is getting the blower installed.
I saw a cool looking setup on one of the Wisconsin CL's basically an x with a steel bar welded to it, bolt the x to the rim and add barbell weights to your desires. I might have to make a couple of those doohickeys. I can get barbell weights cheap enough from the auction or garage sales.

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Posted December 31, 2017 - 09:38 PM


I saw a cool looking setup on one of the Wisconsin CL's basically an x with a steel bar welded to it, bolt the x to the rim and add barbell weights to your desires. I might have to make a couple of those doohickeys. I can get barbell weights cheap enough from the auction or garage sales.

 

That's what I was talking about in the first place. If you use a piece of the bar bell bar welded to the X, then you can use the quick spin on nut to install weights.


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Posted December 31, 2017 - 09:43 PM

My setup, 100lbs wheel weights + 250lbs suitcase weights in box.

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