Marathon Tires Flat Free Tire - 15in. x 6.50-6in. Turf
Great...FOR ABOUT A MONTH
I was having trouble with a slow leak in one of the front tires on my riding mower, and I finally got tired of messing with it. So, I decided to give flat-free tires a try.
These tires were great for roughly a month. Then, the last time I mowed, as I was getting ready to store the mower, I looked down and saw a couple splits/cracks in one of the tires (see the photo). Up to that point, I was quite happy with them. As mentioned in other reviews, they do ride a bit harsh compared to pneumatic tires (enough that you can feel the difference), but on my lawn that doesn't really present a problem because there's not much in the way of rough terrain.
I'm not sure what went wrong to cause one to split. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary while I was mowing. My riding mower is toward the smaller size, and I don't fly around the yard at breakneck speed. Whatever went wrong, my experience doesn't exactly instill a sense of confidence in the product, and I'm not even sure I want to try another set. Maybe I should just go back to the headache of pneumatic tires after all.
October 10, 2013
Roll'n Roll'n Roll'n
Ever had the air let out of your plans? Not any more we got the flat free tire now we can roll our stuff around anywhere we want. Leave the air for the blowhards. Flat free tires are the way to go. "Good price Great product"
September 17, 2013
I bought these tires when I was building a trailer for my generator to go on. I didn't want to fuss flat tires when my power was out so I decided to go flat free. I have to say these are some beefy looking tires with a great profile.
October 15, 2012
The front tires on my John Deere lawn tractor had been plugged, patched and filled with fix-a-flat multiple times. The tread was fine and it seemed a waste to replace them, but finally I had enough. Replacing them with these flat free tires was a great decision. I expected a rough ride, but actually they ride smoother now. Because they don't flex side to side they actually improved the turn radius. Now I need to get some for the trailer!!
August 13, 2012
tired of flats
I ordered these tires after going through 3 pairs of standard tires even when used with Ultraseal Bulletproof in them. The ride on these tires is harder and they do not respond as quickly while mowing. They work well with a front blade when low air in standard tires destroyed steering parts. If you have thorns you need to seriously look at these tires. I have not noticed any accelerated steering wear in 6 month's use.
May 13, 2012
Flat free tires
I live in an area with many mesquite and hack-berry trees. My mower front tires were getting flats even with Green Slime in them. With these flat free tires I just laugh when I see thorns in the front tires.
Pro: No flats!
Cons: Ride is a little bumpier since these tires are not pneumatic.
January 9, 2012
Flat Free Tires
I highly recommend these tires. Its so much more productive to just go to the mower and mow the lawn, not having to worry about flat tires.
June 6, 2011
Flat Free Tires
I use a pair of small John Deere Tractors for many different chores; mowing, hauling trailors and a log splitter, and plowing snow in the winter. Every year, many times some years, I get flat (front) tires from tree thorns (living in the Emerald Cave Woods), usually as far from the barn as inconveniently possible. A dozen cans of instant flat repair per year provides temporary relief until I can use plugs for better repairs. After a while, the holes just leak ... period.
In April (2011) I bought a pair of Marathon Tires' (Flat Free) (15in.x6.50-6in Turf) for one of my tractors. GREAT NEWS - NO FLATS
Comments and Ratings:
PLUS: NO FLATS. NO MORE FLATS...
MINUS: Does NOT have the bounce and feel of pneumatic tires - much firmer which transfers that energy to other tractor steering parts - may have problems later with sway bars and steering arms' ball joints - time will tell.
MINUS: The bearings that are installed on these wheels are the cheapest quality that can be used and still be legally called bearings. I seriously doubt that they will last the 12 months of the warranty (or, more likely, just barely longer than the 12 months warranty).
STILL, the relief from flat tires' aggrevation warrants an overall rating of 4 stars. I like them so much that I am buying another pair of them for my other tractor as soon as I finish submitting this review.
Regards, and happy wheeling... YIT from the Emerald Cave
June 6, 2011