Tires for ZTR
I have an Ariens EZR1742 mower like this one.
The original back tires do not have enough traction to adaquately control the machine. In turns they spin easy and pull up the grass. Steering at any speed is nearly impossible due to the the inside wheel slipping causing the mower to go straight instead of turn. I need tires with better traction, but I don't want to dammage the lawn. The originals are 18x8.50-8 and the selection of tires in this size are very slim. Basically Turf Saver and a slightly knobby tire with very close tread (this is the original, but I can't remember what it's called). This is a picture of a tire that is similar to the original.
There are also smooth and rib tires, but those obviously won't help. I think I can go to 18x9.50-8 no problem. Then I can get many more tires.
My first thought was SuperLugs like this:
But I'm not sure if they will tear up the yard. I would think this would give the best traction.
Then I thought about knobby tires like this:
Carlisle Turftamer ATV tires
Carlisle Badlands ATV tires
What would you recommend? All the tires are $30 to $50 each. I would hate to spend $100 to get a pair of tires that are not satisfactory. Any ideas?