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 01-25-2006, 08:38 Post: 123446
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I just joined this forum, as I think there is a lot of knowledge and insight here. Hopefully I can contribute as well...

Anyway, I bought my first utility tracter - a used 4110 - and it has about 350 hours on it. It has turf tires on it. The front tires appear to be virtually new, and the rear tires look somewhat worn. I say this because I can still see the "line" in the lugs of the front tire, whereas they are gone from the rears (assuming they were there in the first place). I measured the lug heights on both front and rears, and they are about the same on both - 0.32" to 0.39".

I understand that tire wear can vary greatly depending upon use and what you're using it on, but what's the typical life span some of you have seen on your turf tires?






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 01-25-2006, 08:46 Post: 123448
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Jason, it sounds like you bought a machine that spent a bunch of time of a hard surface while in 4WD.

A local nursery here has one like that, the front tires are scrubbed bald after about 300'ish hours.

Our units that operate strictly off-road, don't ever wear out a tire. The tire will get ripped, puntured or will rot away long before you wear the tread out unless it's on asphalt, gravel, concrete, etc.

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 01-25-2006, 08:53 Post: 123452
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Thanks for the reply Murf, but I'm a little confused about your 4WD comment - my fronts are fine, it's the rears that are worn.






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 01-25-2006, 09:16 Post: 123455
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Jason, sorry, I must have been writing between the lines. Laughing out loud.

Nobody would try to sell a tractor with bald front tires, it's dead giveaway. I'd bet it's got two original rear tires, and two brand spankin' new fronts.

If that's the case be VERY sure they are the proper size for that machine. A wrong sized front tire can get really spendy in the long run.

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 01-25-2006, 09:51 Post: 123459
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Jason,
you have witnessed a miracle. (Laughing out loud) Murf does not miss something very often. He is good, no GREAT. Sort of like Tony the Tiger.

I had not thought about the dealer putting new tires on the front but had wondered about his not explaining it.

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 01-25-2006, 10:05 Post: 123462
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I suppose the previous owner could have replaced the front tires, but I'm pretty confident he didn't - or if he did - it was long before he put it up for sale, as one of the front had a small gash in the sidewall & while the tires look new compared to the rears - they've definately got some hours on them. (I'd be more inclined to think he found someone to swap rear tires with prior to selling it - but I highly doubt that as well.)

Either way, I'm not overwhelmingly concerened about whether the fronts were replaced or not. If I end up replacing the rears soon, I was wondering if that was something I'd be doing every 400 hours or so - or if it was more like 1000+ hours, etc.

FYI, the fronts are 23x8.5-12 and the rears are 31x13.5-15

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 01-25-2006, 10:20 Post: 123464
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I'm not real familiar with that line of tractors, but your owner's manual will tell you what combination is the proper skins for the machine.

BTW, thanks Kenneth for the kind words.

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 01-25-2006, 10:25 Post: 123466
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Those sizes sound just about right for that model.

I suspect you have several years of wear left in the tires you have.

BTW, I found a used 4100 Gear at a local dealer last week. The rear R-1's were about 1/2 worn down and the clock said it had 120 hours on it.

Right, sure.......






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 01-25-2006, 10:38 Post: 123467
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Jason,

Look back at Murf's first reply on how long tire last for his many tractors.

The front and read tires do not rotate at the exact same ground speed causing excess wear in 4 wheel drive on hard surface. Something your manual probably tells you not to do. It will bind the drive train.

Of course if the tractor was on hard surface either pushing or pulling something of sufficient load to cause the tires to spin that would do it.

If you keep your tractor off of hard surfaces the tires will last a long time.

Hope you enjoy it.
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 01-25-2006, 12:07 Post: 123469
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Unfortunately the hours meter on a tractor is a poor way to judge a machine. Even more unfortunate is the number of people who look at very little else when they're shopping for a used tractor.

A few years back a buddy of mine asked me if I could help out his father-in-law who was wanting to buy a CUT, he wanted an 'expert' opinion on a used tractor he had found. He had been to see it with his FIL, and it looked good, but something about it didn't 'feel right' but he couldn't put his finger on it. Story went that a wealthy family member had passed away and this guy was selling it for the widow who had no use for it, it had only been a toy for the deceased. It was about 5 years old and showed about 350 hours on the meter.

When we got there it was in the driveway. My buddy & I started poking & prodding while the FIL knocked on the door. Right off I saw that it had been recently repainted, it also had new rubbers on the brake pedals, a new seat, and 4 new tires. Also, there was way too much play in the 3pth, the swivel balls in the lift arms were badly worn. There were marks on the dashboard where something had been stuck and removed.

As soon as the seller walked out to meet us I had it figured out.

He was the head of the greens department for the local golf course, I had met him several times over the years and he recognized me instantly. He nearly fainted when he saw me poking at the tractor, then he started screaming I was trespassing and to leave, all of us.

Bad move, the FIL was a cop.

It is a common trick. You disconnect the hours meter, if the tach dies too you just stick a tiny tach to the dashboard and go. Then when the tractor is about used up a few million hours alter, you remove the stick on tach, reconnect the hours meter and sexy it up & sell it. Since CUT's are so popular there is no shortage of people looking for a "good used tractor" at a few grand off the new prices.

BTW, the 'seller' not only didn't sell the tractor, he didn't keep his job or freedom either. A quick check showed he had been sued by a previous buyer when the 'nearly new' tractor turned out to be worn out. They charged him with fraud and a bunch of other stuff too.

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