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Garden / firewood cart tires keep going flat

Post in 'The Gear' started by wahoowad, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I know quite a few of us use this garden cart to haul their firewood around. Mine has been a work-horse and taken a lot of abuse but still keeps rolling along.

    The tires have finally dry-rotted and go flat quickly when I add air. I've seen replacements at Lowes but 4 new ones would cost around $75 (they come complete with the rim/bearing assembly) which is more than half the cost of buying a whole new cart.

    Has anybody replaced their tires/wheels and recommend what you bought? I see some "flatfree" styles at Harbor Freight but always hesitant as to quality when I order from them

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  2. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    oops - meant to add mine are 13x5x6 and I think keeping the 5" width important since the cart can sink into my yard unless it is bone dry. The flatfree at Harbor Freight is only 4"

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    Erik is correct. I have done the same with a 2 wheel dolly, with similar size tires, and a wheel blower. I think the inner tubes cost me about $8-$10 per tire installed. Check with your local, or maybe not so local, lawn and outdoor power equipment dealer that has a repair shop. My tires are still flat free to this day and they were done about 4-5 years ago. Great way to extend the life of tires. Obviously you will eventually have to replace them. Good luck!
  5. Butcher

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    I replace tubes in tires like that all the time. Just split the rims, cut the old valve off with a sidecutter and slap a tube in it. You'll get alot more years outta them tires.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Gotta agree with Butcher. Tube them tires - they have many miles left to give.
  7. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I bought 4 tubes. Turns out the original tires had tubes in them too. The tubes had small scratches along the sides that made me think a steel belt had scratched them, but this is a bias ply tire so no steel belt to abrade it. I think the cracks in the sidewall of the tire allowed the tube to recess in them a bit,...that or the sidewall cracks simply abraded the tube. I suspect the new tubes will get abraded over time too.

    I bought bent stem tubes and needed straight stem :(

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