Went out this morning to blow some snow and on the last pass I was close to a chain-link fence. When I came to the end of the fence I went to turn around to put it away and with the rear tires turning the opposite of the front I bumped the corner post. Well guess what was at the bottom of the post...a bolt sticking out that I caught and ripped a very nice hole in the sidewall of my rear tire. I guess you wold say I was too close to the fence lol.
I pulled the tire and rim and took it to our local tire shop but they wouldn't even think about putting a patch on the inside of the sidewall. They wanted to look at a tube (OEM these are tubeless) but they were concerned that the tube would go through the hole in the sidewall. I was not interested in going to a tube.
So I came home and did some research and ended-up buying a new tire from boats.net 42750-752-631 TIRE (24X8.00-14) for $195.06 shipped to my door (paid tax but shipping was included). I've looked at these tires in the past and knew they're expensive. I saw new complete sets go for around a grand.
Some have probably seen this
link with some great tire info specifically on these Honda tractors. This
tire is said in the link to be a direct replacement tire and at $105.00 I was very interested. But I couldn't get past the advertised diameter of 25.0" of the Carlisle versus the 1" smaller diameter of the OEM Ohtsu. And the recommended rim width didn't match. And this tire is a 4 ply rating (there is also a six ply of this tire available) and the OEM Ohtsu's have a 2 ply rating. And finally, the OEM tires work so well in the snow/ice this tractor is normally used in (without weights or tire chains) that I just went with a new OEM Ohtsu tire.
Incidentaly, Miller Tire (from the above Carlisle link) offers new OEM Ohtsu front tires here
for $155.00 plus tax (not sure if shipping is free from them).
My recommendation is that if you possibly see a front or rear used tire that holds air and is reasonably priced I'd snag it for a spare. Or better yet snag one of each. I never thought I wold damage a tire using the tractor like I do--I thought they'd dry rot and fail. But I did ruin one and really need this machine working so I can leave my house.
Here's some pics of the rear tire as I like pics.