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#1 artbuc OFFLINE  

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 01:46 PM

My 21 year old Gravely 18-H (GT 18 with a Gravely paint job) still has the original Carlisle Turf Saver rear tires. I had to replace the fronts about 3 years ago. One of them blew out while throwing snow. Of course the front tires take a real beating compared to the rears.

Was thinking about putting on new rears before winter. The rubber tread feels brittle and the sidewalls are starting to crack, but not too much.

What do you fellas think? Is 21 years a good time to replace the rears or do they still have another decade in them? Thanks.

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 01:58 PM

I have a 1970 Wheel Horse Bronco14 with the orginal Wheel Horse Brand front and rear turf tires on it. They are getting badly dry cracked, but still hold air.

Edited by Texas Deere and Horse, September 30, 2011 - 02:19 PM.


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Posted September 30, 2011 - 02:17 PM

I have tires from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and so on. It doesn't matter how old or drycracked the tire is, it is not worth replacing until you feel they are to risky to run.
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Posted September 30, 2011 - 03:04 PM

I agree with Casey

Most of my Bolens tires from the 60's are all original. Some have quite a bit of cracking in them but IMO I probably will get another 10 years or more out of them. Usually as long as the tubes arent showing through the rubber I say keep the tires on :thumbs:

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 03:20 PM

I also agree with Casey on this, tractors do not run high speed like a car ,truck,etc. Use your own judgement, I have plenty that are cracked and still work them. Shawn

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 03:34 PM

I find that the fronts always seem to rot out and start to leak before the back one. My 74 MF8 has original back tires, a bit cracked but they still hold air. The fronts were toast when I got the tractor in 2009.

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 03:57 PM

Oh, and for the record I have 3 times as many sets of tires as I do tractors to put them on, and that's before I lost count LOL. You might call me a tire collector lol.

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 07:36 PM

Run them till they pop, If you're not speeding. LOL

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 07:56 PM

I pretty sure these are the original tires , 1957 Allstate 4.00 x 12 DSC07525.jpg

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 10:01 PM

My 1968 Wheel Horse Commando 6 still has the original tires on it and they're in surprisingly great shape!

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 10:05 PM

Although they are not on the tractor right now, my 1967 Cub Cadet 123's original rear tires/rims are on the shelf in the shed, in amazingly good shape. One of them has a roofing nail stuck in the tread, but it hasn't caused a leak so I left it where it was.

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 10:48 PM

Although they are not on the tractor right now, my 1967 Cub Cadet 123's original rear tires/rims are on the shelf in the shed, in amazingly good shape. One of them has a roofing nail stuck in the tread, but it hasn't caused a leak so I left it where it was.


Sitting on a shelf is harder on a tire than running it as far as cracking, at least that's what I've read.

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Posted September 30, 2011 - 10:52 PM

Sitting on a shelf is harder on a tire than running it as far as cracking, at least that's what I've read.


They get used about 1/2 of the year. Currently have Tru-Power's on the tractor.

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Posted October 01, 2011 - 12:19 AM

There are 3 ways I store my tires, and have done this for years. I have tire racks for most of them, I also store some on the flat (stack them to the ceiling lol), and some are just leaning in various locations. All ways have proven acceptable as long as they are AIRED UP. The tire rack is probably the hardest on them though, leaves dips in the tread, but if I plan to use them soon I get the out and lean them somewhere in the shop. If I were to guess how many tires I have not on tractors I would say between 50 and 100 lol. Also, some tires are mounted and others are not.

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Posted October 01, 2011 - 02:20 AM

I'm not sure I don't think I have the oldest tires here by far, but the one on The 1970 Sears Custom 7 are original and even though they are checked and cracked they work fine and have tons of traction.

So until they give up completely they'll stay on.

Ron

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