Try as we might, customer lawn damage happens from time to time, and how you choose to handle it can make or break your business.
At this point we should all know better than to mow a customer’s lawn after a heavy rain, or risk rutting a customer’s yard by mowing in the exact same pattern every time.
One problem many landscapers battle every day however is tire damage from their heavy equipment.
There’s typically a single culprit causing lawn damage from tires, so below we’ll talk about what causes tire damage and the one easy tip you need to avoid it altogether.
The Problem: Spinning Tires Cause Lawn Damage
We’ve all seen it. Maybe someone spun a zero degree-turn around too fast. Maybe they just got on the throttle too hard when starting a new line.
Regardless of how it happened, a patch of grass has clearly been torn up from a spinning tire.
If you’re lucky, a spinning tire will simply leave a low spot or a blemish on a customer’s lawn, which will grow back before your next service. Just cut it carefully in a few weeks, and it’s good as new.
If you’re not so lucky, it’s back to top soil, grass seed, and hoping you can get a spot patched up before it becomes a serious eyesore for your customer.
Either way, our goal here is to prevent lawn damage from happening in the first place.
Lucky for you, the cause of this issue is clear. Your tires are damaging grass because they aren’t getting enough traction.
Solution: Reduce Lawn Damage By Increasing Tire Traction
Unless your tires are running low on tread, don’t worry, replacing them isn’t the fix you need here.
You don’t need the latest and greatest tires on the market to increase your traction and reduce lawn damage either.
In fact, all you need to get loads more traction out of your tires is a pressure gauge.
Check the pressure you’re running in your lawn mower tires. Chances are it’s way too high.
If you’re inflating your tires up to the “max PSI” listed on the sidewall, for instance, you’re asking for trouble.
Overinflated tires can’t conform to the ground the way they’re designed to, so when you put them under load by getting on the gas, they struggle to maintain grip and slip as you accelerate.
By lowering your tire pressure several PSI, you can effectively increase the contact patch of your tires, and allow them to “flex” more under acceleration rather than simply spinning in place.
We recommend dropping down 2 to 5 PSI below the max pressure listed on the sidewall initially, and then working your way down from there.
Many of our customers in the landscaping industry currently run between 9-12 PSI without issue, some even lower. And you may be able to go that low yourself, but there’s a reason our customers are able to get such great traction without worrying about flat tires: They use our sealant.
Using Stan’s Sealant To Run Lower Tire Pressures
Most mowers can drop a few pounds of pressure without any real added risk of “burping” air at the bead of tire.
“Burping” happens when your tire bead momentarily breaks its seal at the rim and allows some air to escape.
Depending on how bad you burp your tire, you may or may not end up with a flat.
That’s where our premium sealant comes into play.
By adding Stan’s Sealant to your lawn mower tires, you virtually eliminate the possibility of losing air at the bead.
That’s because once Stan’s is inside your tire, it remains liquid. This natural liquid latex rolls around as you move and continuously coats the inside surfaces forming a flexible seal.
This reinforces the strength of your seal at the bead, making it safe to run your tire pressure as low as you need to get the traction you want.
As an added bonus, our sealant also prevents puncture flats by instantly sealing damages up to ½” in diameter before air pressure can be lost.
What Makes Our Sealant Special
Stan’s Sealant is the one-size-fits-all solution for preventing 99% of flat tires, and what’s even better, Stan’s isn’t just for your lawn mower.
The same Stan’s Sealant that keeps your mower rolling season after season works in just about every other piece of equipment in your shed. Add Stans to your ATV, UTV, side-by-side, wheelbarrow, golf cart, hand truck, or tractor to get the same quality protection in all of your utility equipment, all season long.
Don’t Let Flat Tires Happen To You!
Here at Stan’s, we make the best tire sealant in the world, and every bottle we make is produced right here in the USA at our facility in Big Flats, NY (ironic, we know).
If you want the best sealant on the market, specially formulated for the hard work you and your equipment need to get done, look no further. But don’t wait for a flat tire to happen to put Stan’s Sealant to work for you.
Stan’s Sealant is formulated for whatever lies ahead, so get proactive about your tire protection this season. Pick up a bottle or two today in convenient 16 ounce and 32 ounce sizes and know that a flat tire will never come between you a job well done again.
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