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MSS3020
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:57 pm    Post subject: skid loader tire size concerns Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For years now I have ran a skidloader that the tires are all the same size.. however by sight they all are different name brands, what I would call miss match.. bought it that way..tires seem to be different rim to bottom of tire according to brand.. some seem different profile..

Any concerns running this like this.. always bothered me that I may be stressing something out.. figure ground gives enough prob not a huge concern. Doesnt get run daily or weekly even.. but??
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:42 pm    Post subject: Re: skid loader tire size concerns Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wouldn't worry, by nature they are made to skid, they bounce around and skid to turn every bit so should be plenty of tire scuffing to take up the different
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: skid loader tire size concerns Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yeah, shouldn't be any problems. If it was mechanical drive, then you might have a problem, but not on a skid steer.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: Re: skid loader tire size concerns Reply to specific post Reply with quote

20+ years owning a tire shop. You should keep the same brand this on all 4 corners. Even though one brand of tire says 12x16.5 on the side of it and another brand says the same thing the 2 different brands may be a different height. Seen it many times. When you have a smaller tire on 1 corner or a larger tire on 1 corner the machine will try to go in circles. Seen it happen- my own machine does it. I miss matched the tires before I realized the tires could be a different height.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:47 am    Post subject: Re: skid loader tire size concerns Reply to specific post Reply with quote

any height difference between the two on the same side will cause wear on the chains and sprockets that tie the two drive wheels together for sure,, I have seen for many years excessive wear in this area if the operators run around with one wheel off the ground when running the bucket down hard enough to raise the front wheels as all the power and torque to the rear drive wheels,, that said unless you are running on dry concrete pavement ect all the time I do not see a huge issue for a few hours a year but the problem is there for sure, I am a firm believer in the correct tire sizes on anything 4x4,,
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: skid loader tire size concerns Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Having been 'inside; various brands of skid steers, I'll say this. As long as the tires are the same height/circumference, you'll be OK. Unless a machine is full hydrostatic drive, meaning an individual motor at each wheel, these machines all use chains and sprockets driving the tires on each side off of a drive motor setting between them. If the front and rear tires happen to be different sizes there will be excessive wear on the chain and sprockets until the larger tire is 'drug down to size' in operation.
 
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