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Re: 2550 Wider Rear Tires
What is the main use for the tractor? If you are doing garden work go with the AG’s, if you are hauling through the rough, the ATV type tires would be the best. But if the primary use is mowing and the turf tires don’t have enough traction, you may want to consider HDAP’s. In the picture below is the All-Trail that I use on my GT3235 and it is a great all-around tire – much more traction than a turf but they do not tear up the lawn like an ATV tire can. A bunch of guys here love them and Deere fits very similar tires as OEM on many of their 500 & 700 series tractors. Of course, if the tractor is primarily for fun, there is no wrong answer – whatever looks good to you is the way to go!
How big can you go on a GT2500 series? I have used 24X12-12 Turf Masters on 3000 series wheels (9” wide, I think) on the GT2550 below. I switched to them a few years ago, to correct the horrible way the lawn looked with the standard 9.50’s. These are heavy tractors (all are over 800 lbs.) and the stock tires are very heavily loaded. The 12” tread lowers the ground pressure and gives a really good-looking cut – a half-way decent stripe even. However, for anyone already having traction problems, this is not the set up you want, as the reduced loading makes them VERY easy to spin – you have to drive them carefully in situations where one side is unloaded. And they are not a bolt on, mods are required.
Your tractor looks really great from the back, like new! Give us the story on how your scored it, and MORE PICTURES please!