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post #1 of 22 Old 06-01-2017, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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need tires for my 60" deck...any thoughts?

I am in need of a front caster tire for my 60" deck...any thoughts I where about in can locate some... either air or hard rubber...air tires are on there now..i prefer those but I think that tire will be hard to get...
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Re: need tires for my 60" deck...any thoughts?

Stens...I assume it's a newer style with all four pneumatic tires of the same size?

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I'd replace all four of them with a solid tire from either Carlisle or Stens. I put Carlisles on both my 60" deck and A-frame setups, as the pneumatics leaked and I didn't need more tires to chase with the air hose. Plug the Gravely part # into Ebay and you will get many options.

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Re: need tires for my 60" deck...any thoughts?

Gary,

I'm not the 60" deck expert, but a quick check of some part numbers at Jack's Small Engines shows the pneumatic tires still available from GRAVELY and a number of different solid tire options .

Again, 60" decks are not my area of expertise, but I think the final version had four solid swivel casters, with the version before that having four pneumatic swivel casters.

Both are still readily available.......I never assume stuff is no longer available, you would be amazed at the stuff I have been able to still get from GRAVELY.

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We have two 60 inch decks, one early (1982) with the small solid front caster (non-swivel) and one later with pneumatic tires (all four same size, front swivel). Was there one more?

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We have two 60 inch decks, one early (1982) with the small solid front caster (non-swivel) and one later with pneumatic tires (all four same size, front swivel). Was there one more?

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This IPL dated July 1988 shows same size solid wheels on all four corners:

http://gravelymanuals.com/pdf/60_Inc...p_Man_0788.pdf

This earlier one dated November 1984 shows same size pneumatic tires:

http://gravelymanuals.com/pdf/60_Inc...p_Man_1184.pdf

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Mine is a later deck and came with pneumatics.

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I think I paid around $33 each for the hard rubber Carlisle wheel - tire assemblies through Berlin Gravely a few years ago. They are probably more now, but money well spent in my opinion.

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This IPL dated July 1988 shows same size solid wheels on all four corners:

http://gravelymanuals.com/pdf/60_Inc...p_Man_0788.pdf

This earlier one dated November 1984 shows same size pneumatic tires:

http://gravelymanuals.com/pdf/60_Inc...p_Man_1184.pdf

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If you look at pg. 19 (Specifications section) of the 7/88 Operators Manual (which included an IPL), it shows them also as pneumatic with inflation pressure range, size, etc.

I don't think this deck changed much from then to 2000, which is the year of my machine. Have to check the hard copy manuals I got with it. Gravely did rev. these from time to time.

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Dwaine, if you look up the part number for the wheel from the 1988 IPL, you get a sold tire. There is no part number for the wheel or the tube. The older 1984 IPL has separate part numbers for the two piece wheel, bearing, tire, and tube.

https://www.jackssmallengines.com/ja...up/part/045205

The newer IPL only has a part number for the wheel assembly, bearing and zerk fitting.

I would say they changed the wheels in 1988 but failed to rewrite all the copy in the manual. The two IPL's have a completely different set of numbers regarding those wheels.

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I'm thinking that they became NLA and Gravely started crossing them to a solid wheel tire assembly sometime after they stopped making the riders.

My 2000 era deck came with pneumatics (as did my A frame), but I never researched if I could replace any of the components as I considered them to be a PITA and not worth the trouble. The Carlisle solids have held up very well. Sunbelt is another brand I would look into if doing it again.

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Re: need tires for my 60" deck...any thoughts?

Well I just went on the GRAVELY parts radar and solved the mystery.

Up until 1988, pneumatic tires, starting in 1988 at least four different 60" deck model numbers, 45790, 49376, 887003, 887004 all show solid tires, part #045205

THEN, starting with 887024 and then 887031, the two newest model numbers listed, they go back to pneumatic tires. So without an IPL, we have no date on the change back to pneumatic tires, but it was near the end, which matches what you say about your deck.

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Do we have any way of knowing if #045205 was actually a tubeless wheel/tire assembly? I'll check the model on mine when I get home as well as the hardcopy manual to see if it disagrees with the 1988 manual in this regard.

After some checking, it is clear the solid assemblies have gotten quite expensive in recent years.

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Well, it looks like you might be right, it seems that part number might be a tubeless pneumatic tire on a one piece rim that is not serviceable.

Interesting, but still they changed, then changed back to the two piece rim........interesting.

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Re: need tires for my 60" deck...any thoughts?

As info., mine is an 88700300, with a date of purchase of 4-13-2000.

Owner/Operator & Parts Manual is a 084282B Rev. 7/96. #045205 is the 9x3.50 wheel also. Interestingly, it shows the same spacer but a washer instead of the flange in the 1988 manual. What I am not remembering is if I kept and reused the spacer with the solid assemblies, or not.

At today's prices for the solid assemblies, I think I'd try foam filling the tubeless pneumatics if they were in otherwise good shape and simply leaked down.

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