Turf Saver Lawn & Garden Tires

Arthur Forner

09-08-2020

The profile of the lawn tires varies from completely flat to the design that is used on regular tractors – “lugs” or chevron pattern. In all cases, wide surface helps increase steering and traction.

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Comparison Table

Product Features Short review
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  • Inflated no-load tire diameter:
    13-20in
  • Tire width:
    13-20in
  • Rim Width: 5-8in
  •  Load Range A = 2ply
  • Tubeless
  • Rim is not included
Turf Saver II has softer, less aggressive tread and rounded shoulders to avoid damaging the grass. Turf Saver I had more aggressive tread and more traction for wet areas and hills.

2ply is not much, more plies mean more durable tires, will also be harder and stiffer on your grass.

The tires made in China and they often arrive misshaped or deformed and it makes them difficult to mount. Especially for home mounting. Even for local shop trying to getting the beads seated and the tires inflated can be problematic.

If you decide to buy these tires, leave them out for a day in the sun to warm up and allow the rubber to relax. I recommend then taking tires to a tire shop to get them mounted onto your wheels. With a normal shape, it is not so difficult.

Once this was done and the tires are aired up they work great. Everything else is positive, and they’re well priced. So I’m still recommending Carlisle Turf Saver for non-urgent cases 🙂

 

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OUR CHOICE!

  • Inflated no-load tire diameter:
    11-20in
  • Tire width:
    5-10in
  • Rim width: 6-12in
  • 365-pound load capacity, 2ply
  • Tubeless
  • Rim is not included

 

Tires arrive well packaged, not compressed and easy to mount onto wheels. After getting it on the rim you’ll get both sidewalls on the rim. I do not recommend “blow” tricks. Mower tires are thin and low-pressure, don’t make a blast inside it. Use your compressor to seat the tire or go to a tire shop.

The Kenda tires have a wide surface, it helps to increase steering and traction. The profile has a deeper, wider and more “block” design than Carlisle Turf Saver II. And a mower will less slip and slide around. 

 

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9×3.50-4
11×4.00-5
11×4.00-5
11×4.00-5
11×4.00-5

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  • No-load tire diameter:
    2.8-18in
  • Tire width:
    3.5-8.5in
  • Rim width: 4-8in
  • 350 pound load capacity, 2ply
  • Tire on wheel, bearings

 

In my experience, more turf damage caused by slips, slides, other “lack of traction” situations. So “aggressive” tires in most situations are better than smooth (see the comparison table).

So flat tires are acceptable only in the smooth and dry lawn.

It is nice to not have to worry about adding air to these wheels, but they do result in a stiffer ride. In a fact, the Marathons a made of hard plastic, the ride is harsher than with the pneumatic tires.

The tires are taller and wider than standard and in most cases require the modification. Customers remove the extra length, cut edges, remove and replace the bearings.

If you have time for modification, it is your choice – these Chinese tires cost three times cheaper than solid wheels from local manufacturers.

 

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18×8.5-10
22×12-8
22.5×10-8
24×12-12
25×13-9
26×12-12

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  • Inflated no-load tire diameter:
    18-26in
  • Tire width:
    8.5-13in
  • Rim width: 8-12in
  • LRC, Load Range C, 6 Ply
  • Tubeless
  • Rim is not included

 

The tires have great traction and wearability, go through mud and wet grass with ease. Have good thick sidewalls and very good tread pattern. The traction is much better on the hills than the Turf Master tires.

There are no slides and slips, therefore tires don’t damage the grass. The extra traction pulls the plow without wheel weights or chains.

Carlisle Field Trax are typical replace for OEM John Deere tires. You can not beat these prices at any JD dealer

I was at first concerned that the aggressive tread design would not be good for my lawn, but it is not a problem at all. I should have bought these years ago.

Lawn and Turf Saver Tires Marking

On the side of the turf saver lawn & garden tire you can see NHS abbreviation. It is not a part of the tire size but stands for Non-Highway service. Using it at highway speeds will cause overheating and damage.

Lawn and turf saver tires feature markings that spell out specific details. Some tires show three series of numbers, while others have two.

Two-Digit Marking
Marking 4.80-8 means the rim is 8 inches in diameter and tire’s width is 4.8 inches.

Three-Digit Differences
15×6.00-6 marking means the tire’s diameter is 15 inches when inflated and not under load (the first number before the “x”). The tire’s width is 6 inches ( digits between the “x” and the “-“). The width of the rim is 6inches (the final number).

Ply rating
Load range or ply rating refers to the carrying capacity. The higher the load range the more weight the tire can carry. Different manufacturers use different terms to relay the load range of the tire like Ply, LRA, LRB, LRC, etc. Below is a conversion chart.

LRA, Load Range A, 2 Ply
LRB, Load Range B, 4 Ply
LRC, Load Range C, 6 Ply
LRD, Load Range D, 8 Ply
LRE, Load Range E, 10 Ply
LRF, Load Range F, 12 Ply

Lawn Tires Traction

On hilly terrain, you may have some issues with maintaining traction. It is dangerous because of the potential for tipping over.

Usually, mowers don’t have any problems with when going uphill. However, when tires lose traction, machine occasionally slides backward and then regain traction will cause the front of the mower to lift off the ground. It is risky.

Mowing downhill is more dangerous. When you apply the brakes, you can lock the tires go skidding down out of control.

Sliding down a slope is the last thing you want, and the best way to maintain traction is using tires rated for mowing on slopes.

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