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Foam filled tires

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by redman6565, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    i foam fill my tires, specially my skid steer. adds extra weight which allows the machine to push more. anyone else do the same?
     
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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    Do you do that yourself?
     
  3. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
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    It does make good ballast.

    What does it run ya?
     
  4. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    if i did it myself i wouldn't cry at the bill every time i need it done lol
     
  5. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    i want to say it works out to be $175 per tire, i run a 300-Series 12.5-16 tires. so about $700.00 to have the tires filled
     
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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    We just buy a 45 gallon drum of it for $300 and do it in our shop.
     
  7. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    is it an easy process?
     
  8. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
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    Do you just fill your skidloader or anything else?
     
  9. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
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    Have you ever tried having filled tires retreaded?
     
  10. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    no, have you? i would question the integrity of the re-tread and durability i guess.
     
  11. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    i tell ya though, if i had the extra dough laying around, i think i'd fill my backhoe tires too. i have a JD 310SE, only run a 10 footer on her, but she still struggles sometimes when its slick out.
     
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
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    That is all I run. But none have been filled yet.

    My tire guy says you can send the filled tire in to have recapped and I am thinking about trying it.
     
  13. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    if you do, definately let me know how it lasts. i just bought a new set, dropped 600 on tires, 700 on foam...quite expensive so if i can cut out having to re-fill them everytime, that would definately be great
     
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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    Sorry never tried it before, thought I'd get you excited about saving some money. LOL I shouldn't drink beer and post.:D
     
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
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    Actually, the rears serve as counterweight when you lift the bucket.....
     
  16. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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    Wouldn't filling the tires really effect your ride?
     
  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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    Oh god, not the counterweight.:eek:
     
  18. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    backhoe doesn't do much road travel so i'm not too concerned about the rough ride. they did say not to foam fill anything that you want to use for landscaping purposes though, tears up lawns real bad
     
  19. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
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    You are absolutely correct. :drinkup:
     
  20. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
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    thanks JD...build my hopes up and then cut my legs out from under me :laughing: