Available in a variety of lengths to customize the track width of your walk-behind tractor. Sizes range from 5” to 16” total extension (2.5 to 8” per side), plus, we now offer spin-out adjustable axle extensions with an 8 inch range of adjustment, variable in 1/2” overall increments. Use these accessories to increase stability on slopes, or simply to customize the wheel track to a particular application (i.e. straddling a bed — with the 16” extensions and 10” rim [or larger] wheels, the tractor will straddle a 30” wide bed) NOTE: 18” total (9” per-side) extension is the maximum recommended by the tractor manufacturers. Adding additional extensions beyond 18” will void tractor axle warranty.
NOTE: sizes listed are total extension (both sides combined)
The pulling or pushing power of a walk-behind tractor is directly related to traction, and a major factor in traction is weight. Wheel weights are the best means of improving traction because they add weight without changing the balance of the machine.
By far, our most popular and practical system for adding wheel weights is our “Barbell weight hangers”, which bolt onto the wheel-mounting studs of the tractor (the wheel does not have to be removed to install them; just the lug-nuts) and they accept standard 1” hole barbell weight plates. The weight plates themselves can be removed or installed with a single pin, and since we offer the hangers in various post lengths, you can actually get far more weight on the tractor than with the “factory” weights … 100 lbs max per wheel! The “hangers” can stay on the tractor even when the weight plates are removed…although if you have one of the longer lengths, the posts may stick out and get in the way sometimes…If so, they are easily removed.
This is a sweet system, as you do not have to pay shipping charges on the weights themselves…just the mounting “hangers” (posts). You can usually find new or used 1”-center-hole barbell-weight plates in your local area (cast iron are best, to maximize available space in the wheel rims)…however, for folks who are paying freight on a tractor from us anyway and don’t mind adding a little more freight cost, we do offer the 1” hole barbell weight plates at competitive prices, and we can provide the optimum plate size combination according to your wheel size and implement application.
NOTE: Barbell weight hangers cannot be installed in conjunction with Adjustable Axle Extensions!
Also, both BCS and Grillo offer factory cast-iron weights, which are OK IF you don’t mind them being quite hard to take on and off (because the mounting nuts are recessed waaay down in blind holes) AND being horribly expensive…something like $3 per pound for Italian cast iron…
Whether you are needing a second set of wheels to put “duals” on a tractor, a new set of wheels for an old machine, or just want a larger set of wheels for extra ground clearance and/or greater ground-speed, the following is our selection of tire sizes for our walk-behind tractors.
NOTE #1: for a nominal up-charge, most of our new tractors can be fitted with larger-than-standard wheels at the time of purchase. You pay only the difference in the relative cost of the wheels when up-sizing. Make sure you ask us about what wheel size is best for your application. ALSO: Some “larger” wheels may be TOO big for a particular tractor model, due to clearance issues…ask an Earth Tools salesman for advice.
NOTE #2: “Adjustable track rim” wheels have a separate inner hub and outer rim, which can be assembled in anywhere from 2 to 4 different positions (depending on what the tractor will accommodate), to achieve different wheel widths. To see these measurements, go the Walk-behind tractors page and look at the specs of a tractor that has standard wheels of the size you are interested in.
NOTE #3: If you just need an individual replacement tire or tube for your old rims, these items are considered “spare parts” and we stock all sizes. We do not list these online–Call for prices.
NOTE: Sizes are shown as follows: Width x Rim diameter x Overall height…so for example, a 5x10x20” wheel is 5” wide, has a 10” rim, and is 20” overall height.
On replacement wheels, OR on new tractors, we now offer FOAM-FILLED tires on some of our most popular sizes. Foam-Filling means the tires are filled with Solidifying rubber foam, so essentially they become solid rubber wheels once filled. The advantages of Foam-Filling are:
The potential disadvantage of foam-filling is: The Permanent (not removable) addition of extra weight, and the resulting higher soil compaction. Plus, if using the machine on hills, the extra weight means more stopping distance. Consider the pros & cons carefully…(this is an option you could always have added somewhere locally in the future, if desired.)
These steel wheels provide extra traction for various applications. The “cage” type (with their 1” deep cleats) are best for soilworking applications; the “spiked” type provide unbeatable side-slope-holding ability for mowing on steep slopes.
For extra traction in snow & ice, we now offer tire chains with 2-link cross chain spacing for the following tire sizes (chains for 10” & 12” tires INCLUDE a set of spring-loaded tensioners):
We now offer rubber and steel Track options for our walk-behind tractors, for the ultimate in traction while maintaining a low ground-pressure to minimize compaction. The tracks we offer are built in Italy, specifically for walk-behind tractors…they are not made for some other application and just “adapted” to walk-behind tractors.
AVAILABLE TO FIT BCS MODELS 749, 852 AND 853, AND GRILLO MODELS G107 AND G110. (Can be special-ordered to fit BCS 750, 948 and Grillo G131)