Effects of Ride-on-Mower Tire Pressure Difference That Homeowners Need to Know

Ride-on-mowers have become the go to machines when it comes to mowing large lawns. Their ability to work fast and with minimal human effort is the reason people prefer them to other types of lawn mowers. However, the fact that you are using a ride-on-mower does not guarantee a perfect lawn. One area that is often overlooked by most homeowners is the pressure level in ride-on-mower tires. The aim of this article is to provide homeowners with information on how pressure differences in the tires of ride-on-mowers could affect the vehicle as well as the finished landscape. 

Unwanted Tilt -- One of the biggest problems with pressure difference in the tires of a ride-on-mower is that it causes the machine to tilt at an angle. Consequently, such an inclination leads to a rough cut since the blades will not be oriented flush with the ground. For instance, if the back tires have little pressure and the front wheels have the right amount of pressure, the ride-on-mower will lean at an angle and so will the cutting deck. The result will be a lawn with an angular cut that gives your overall landscape an awkward look.

Hindered Steering -- Smooth steering of a ride-on-mower depends on the pressure levels of the tires to a significant degree because it affects the surface area of a tire that is in contact with the lawn. For example, low-pressure tires will make it difficult to turn during mowing because of the weight of the machine. In turn, you will be prompted to use more force when making turns thereby damaging the grass beneath the wheels. The final product will be a lawn with unsightly patches around the perimeter.

Wobbling -- A wobbling mower is the last thing you want on your lawn. Such instability is often caused by differences in pressure levels across all four tires. When this is the case, as you drive the mower, it will keep moving up, down, and sideways that in turn forces the cutting deck to bob in all directions. As the deck keeps on moving about, grass will bundle up different sides of the blades due to uneven cuts and eventually force the blades to stop altogether. Wobbling also compromises the overall safety of the lawn moving process. Therefore, before embarking on your mowing duty, make sure that the pressure in all tires is at the recommended levels. Such an inspection will save you both time and money.