Lawnmower Tires

Just like the tires on your car, lawnmower tires take a beating over time. Eventually, you'll need to replace them. You may, however, wish to replace them with a slightly distinctive style than the ones the mower came with. What type of tire you choose will depend on the terrain you mow and whether you use your lawn tractor for other tasks.

When do I need to replace my lawnmower tires?

It's important to replace your lawnmower tires if you see any dry rot on the sidewall of your tires or if chunks of the tread are worn smooth or are missing entirely. A frequent loss of tire pressure also indicates that your tires are due for replacement. Other signs of tire wear can be subtle, however. Replace your tires if you lose traction on hills or if you notice the ride gets rough even when the terrain is smooth.

Should I choose tubed or tubeless tires?

Most lawnmowers come from the factory with tubeless tires. Unfortunately, tubeless tires rely on the tire rim to keep them sealed to hold air. If that rim gets damaged or dented, which happens often, the tire will lose the ability to hold air and will need to be replaced. Tubed tires tend to last longer, since the tube that holds the air is concealed within the tire. This offers more protection and can prolong tire life.

What type of tread should I look for?

If you use your lawnmower exclusively for mowing and do so on a flat and even lawn, choose tires with a minimal amount of tread. If your terrain is rougher and hillier, go for a tire with a beefier tread. You'll also need a heartier tread if you sometimes use your lawnmower to pull a cart or lawn equipment like feeders or seed spreaders. You can even mix and match, putting a hearty tread on the mower's drive wheels and smoother ones on the other wheels. The goal is to get a turf tire with adequate traction without overdoing it and tearing up your lawn.

How do I translate tire size labels?

Lawnmower tires are often labeled in the same manner as car tires. For example, let's say you're looking at a tire labeled as a "15 x 6.00 - 2." The first number indicates the overall diameter of the tire, the second number tells the width of the tire and the last number is the rim size. In this example, the diameter is 15 inches, the tire width is 6 inches, and the rim size is 2 inches. Although the numbers will change depending on tire sizes, the format in which they're listed doesn't.