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Flat Free Tires

Hi folks - been a while since I have been on here...couldn't remember my password, lol. Just curious, has anyone bought a new snowblower with the plastic flat free tires?

These things are terrible. I bought a new Yardworks (Canadian Tire version of an MTD blower) 30 inch snowblower last winter and the flat free tires were being pretty hyped up. I have never had a flat tire - ever - on any snowblower I have owned, so I am pretty positive it is simply a cost savings/profit maker for the company vs offering any real world benefit to the user.

Anyways - all last winter these things would bung up with snow and simply spin. I have a slight little ramp to get into my storage shed, and where my previous snowblower with normal tires would walk up no problem, this thing just sits there and spins. The plastic compound is too hard and won't bite.

To add insult to injury, this summer they went flat. Yes, the flat free tires went flat, and now have flat spots on them that do not go away during use. I lurch every tire revolution as the tires hit the flatspot. My tire is the second attached photo. First photo is a generic shot from the website.

Has anyone else had issues with these? Any luck getting it resolved with the dealer or brand? I am debating on trying to report the issue to Canadian Tire, as I know when I call I'll get the "Due to higher than normal call volumes" message and I don't feel like sitting on hold for an hour.

I thought about raising the tires off the ground next year during storage to at least get around the flat spot issue, but doubt it will work as the flat spots are not going away as the plastic has deformed permanently it seems

Thanks. I am curious how anyone with these tires are dealing with the issue
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Geez, that sucks, sorry. Talk about insult to injury!

Clumsy and a bit silly, but could you try and pop the flat areas out again? Like stick a wooden dowel through the flattened hole, to help re-shape it.

I would definitely support the frame and get the wheels off the ground for the off-season. Even though you sure shouldn't need to do that! Maybe keep an eye out for compatible used conventional wheels?

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Speaking of no flat tires. Is there a product to make pneumatic tires flat free?

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Where was it stored last year in the summer? Might it have gotten hot enough to soften the plastic? It looks like it would want to pop back out, if it could flex, and I would think a little carefully applied heat might get it to do so . . .

Not sure what those are made of, but I have some vinyl floor plank that does that . . . stiff as wood inside, but out in the sun, totally floppy and flexible . . .
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How much is a new flat free plastic tire ?

I would probably opt for a real tire like the XTrac, as most machines come with that I have seen.

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It is always stored indoors - in my shed, and might get above 80F for a few days every summer. I might have to shape a piece of wood the right size to hammer into the mannicoti hole and use a heat gun to reshape the plastic.

Just sad though - you'd think someone would have actually realized "Hey, this stuff is too hard to provide traction in the cold, and too soft to retain shape in the heat"

We've only been building tires for 120 years or so now
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Maybe if you flatten the rest of them the same way it will have better traction?

Thanks for posting, I will never buy anything with those on it!

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Speaking of no flat tires. Is there a product to make pneumatic tires flat free?
Wanna trade? lol
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Wanna trade? lol
No, that's ok. At least I can air mine up if i need to. Can't imagine why they would that kind of tire on a machine that weighs as much as a snowblower does.

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Can't imagine why they would that kind of tire on a machine that weighs as much as a snowblower does.
I have a gue$$.

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