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Push spreader tires and expanding foam?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by terrapro, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,878

    Has anyone just filled them up with expanding foam instead of replacing the tubes every year?
     
  2. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I want to hear this
    I thought about it but never tried it
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,997

    Why not just slime them?
     
  4. lilpusher

    lilpusher Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 140

    Regular expanding foam will not hold up to use and will compact with weight.
     
  5. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,550

    so add more......had to say it.

    that stuff tends to flake and crumble once it dries.
     
  6. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,878

    So if it just flakes off and crumbles it cant just disappear its still in the tire?
    No slime...the valves just seem to rot off and $10per every year if not twice... I don't know, if I have to just keep on replacing them I will but I was just looking for another way cause this is a pain in the butt...those little 4.10 or whatever they are are ***** to get in and out.
     
  7. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    It flakes and crumbles out in the weather BUT inside a tire I wonder if it would crumble
    Since there no light or air to break it down
     
  8. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Funny this is posted, because I was going to ask if anyone has filled push spreader tires with the same foam filling that goes in skid/etc tires????? I cant imagine it would cost much? The amount of foam it takes to fill 1 skid tire, would probably do 20+/- push spreader tires??..??...
     
  9. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,878

    Probably more like 200+. That would be cool cause Im tired of flat tires at 3am only to have the valves fall off in my hand when I go to fill them...
     
  10. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862


    I'm getting a price quote today....will let you know.
     
  11. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    $25 per tire....a bit more than I expected. I might try 2 or 3 spreaders, but not gonna drop the coin to do them all at this point.

    Surprised nobody has chimed in, that's tried this before.?.?
     
  12. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,878

    $25 is more then I expected but really isn't bad especially since a good quality tube replaced every year can be $15
     
  13. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    What about the extra weight it would add?
     
  14. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    LOL and here I thought I was the only one redneck-enough to try this! I filled 4.10xwhatever tires on a mower deck. It has four of em. Tired of the constant flats. I used low-expanding Mono foam. Worked great with no tube in the tire! It didn't get everywhere in the tube where we tried it, made for a crappy tire with soft voids. I only did it this summer, so no idea on longevity or cold weather... and I never really intended it to be perminant. I ordered up some Marathon flat-free tires for it, they are on clearance at Northern Tool at the moment (my 11" tall ones were only $17 each!). They are on rims with bearings, they'd need to be modified to be drive tires on an axle. They are also smooth but you could probably stud them for a push spreader.