Turf tires are specially designed tires for lawnmowers, lawn tractors, and other types of outdoor equipment. They are designed with a wider tread pattern to minimize discomfort on grass or other sensitive surfaces, while providing maximum traction and buoyancy. This makes them ideal for use on grassy terrain without leaving tracks. Turf tires are also known as lawn tires, and they are the same type of tire found on most lawnmowers.
Lawn mower tires, such as the Galaxy Mighty Mow, Turf Special, and Mighty Mow TS, are designed to provide sufficient traction, stability, and self-cleaning for most cutting operations. The tread design is rounded at the shoulders to avoid damaging the grass when turning. These tires are also suitable for occasional use on hard surfaces such as concrete and asphalt. R3 tires, also known as lawn tires, are designed to minimize damage to turf with a shallower tread depth.
These tires are usually a good choice for compact tractors that will be used primarily for mowing lawns or for working around lawns or gardens. The Versa Turf is a radial tire that reduces turf disturbances and maximizes traction with a 60% deeper tread depth compared to a standard R-3 tire design. It also has self-cleaning breakbars on the tread and rounded shoulders for superior mud removal performance. R4 tires are sometimes referred to as “industrial” tires and share a composition and tread pattern common to tires used in industrial equipment, such as skid steer loaders and some forklifts.
They are also suitable for use in snow and ice conditions. When choosing the right tire for your application, it's important to consider the type of terrain you'll be using it on. For example, if you're concerned about grass damage but most of the tractor's use is done elsewhere, consider buying a specific lawnmower and placing R4 or Ag tires on your tractor. It's generally not a good idea to buy used tractor tires if you're going to use a tractor regularly. Many stores sell these types of tires, including tire stores, agricultural supply stores, and even large stores like Walmart.
Choosing the best tire for commercial equipment is a vital step lawncare professionals can take to improve their business. However, there may be times when changing size makes sense, for example, when looking to expand a tire's footprint to reduce compaction or increase or decrease height. With the answers to these questions, the parts team will perform a quick diagnosis to determine which tractor tire is right for you. The selection of front tires is generally made from the same options above, with a few additional options for one or more “ribs” in the tire that provide additional support. By providing relatively little traction, smooth, ribbed tires are more commonly used on front (non-drive) wheels and can help reduce turf damage when turning. Ultimately, choosing the right tire design for a particular application is an important decision for turf professionals; a tire that doesn't provide enough traction can cause machines to slip and break grass and grass, while a tire with a tread that is too aggressive can dig into grass unnecessarily.