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 01-10-2006, 06:37 Post: 122522
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I was reading my operator's manual (imagine that), and came across the section on adding ballast to the tires. My question is: what is the best "consumer" product to use inside the tires? I've heard about adding window washer fluid or other types of antifreeze. Is this okay? Pros/cons?
Going along the theme of "consumer" products, I would like to add the ballast myself. What tools/devices are available to get the fluid into the tires? Where might I find them?






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 01-10-2006, 06:58 Post: 122524
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 Tractor Tire Tire ballast

I suspect you will get comments all over the board on this topic. I do believe it's an awesome way to add traction, because of direct contact with wheel/ground, plus it's rather cheap compared to steel. If you do this, I would highly recommend purchasing tubes and putting the fluid in tubes as compared to direct contact with the rim. This is not to imply that good solutions (beat juice others) will harm your rims, but why risk the rim for a few bucks.

The downside I see to loading wheels are as follows: a) you have essentially permanent weight added, which may not be wanted during the soft times of year, i.e., Spring and thus, increase your chances of damaging areas; b) added compaction to soil, essentially daily during use because of added weight; and c) if you get a flat, you will have a mess on your hands as compared to a simple plug. Even though it cost more, I like rear wheel weights, because they can be detached when not wanted.






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 01-10-2006, 07:02 Post: 122525
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The only liqud I've had experience with is Calcum Chloride, it can be a real mess if you get a leak, it will rust any steel it gets on. Far as washer fluid, I've heard of it being used but have no experience with it. Tire shops are the only ones I've heard of having the device to pump the fluid into and out of tires, but there may be something available at TSC or Farm Fleet, I'd check there. Frank.






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 01-10-2006, 07:24 Post: 122527
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Loaded tires will also lower the center of gravity a bit more than wheel weights because the weight is nearer the ground. Here's a link that shows how filling of tires works.






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 01-10-2006, 10:29 Post: 122541
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According to your profile, you have a BX 1500.

I would bet that you cannot get enough weight in those tiny rear tires to equal the 60 pound wheel weights that Kubota sells for a very reasonable price. I think you would have to fit about 6 gallons of Ca Cl or 8 gallons of other, lighter weight fluids to equal the 'Bota weights.

My calibrated eyeball says that you don't have that much volume in those 24-12x12 tires.

If you don't like, or can't get the 'Bota weights, just go to a big box store that sells lawn tractors. The BX uses the same basic rim as most larger lawn tractors and the wheel weights should interchange.






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 01-10-2006, 10:56 Post: 122542
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You're pretty close. I should be able to get 9-10 gallons in each rear tire and about 2-3 gallons in each front. I know it sounds rediculous, but 200lbs of ballast on a 1200lb tractor equates to almost 17% increase in weight. The benefit is the lowest possible center of gravity, and that's what I'm really after. My question is really more about which type of fluid to use.






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 01-10-2006, 11:16 Post: 122546
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I'm running windshield washer fluid in my rear tires.(no tubes, pumped it straight in)
I considered running anti freese in my tires, but felt the washer fluid would be less likely to kill our pets or yard in case of a leak.






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DK35vince; Just wondering how you pumped the washer fluid into the tires. Did a tire shop do it or did you do it yourself? Frank.






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Jarndt... don't forget that you can only fill the tires to about the 75 percent of the internal volume.

You rotate the tire until the valve stem is at 12 o'clock and fill to that level. I would not bother filling the fronts, I think it does no good to do so.






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Frank,
I filled the tires myself. I've read posts before on tractor sites where pumps and fittings (to relieve air pressure in the tire while pumping) are available through Napa for a reasonable price (around $15 if I recall). This would likely be the easiest way to fill the tire.
I used what I had on hand to fill my tires. Jacked up tractor, removed valve stem core. I had a 9 gallon portable air tank that I filled with washer fluid, then I would pressure the tank with air and push the fluid into the tire,let air out of tire, repeat till fluid came out the valve stem at 12 O'clock.
Not the fastest/easiest way to fill a tire, but I got it done !!






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