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    I have a Husqvarna GTH26V52LS garden tractor (26 hp, 52" cut) that I bought basically to mow large areas, including some heavy brush and slopes around the ponds.

    The slopes are 25 degrees steep so I always mow those up and down, never sideways. The Huskqvarna has plenty of power to pull up the slopes but traction is always near the break loose point, and as I get near the top I also have a fear that she'll flip over.

    Adding 50# weights on each the back tires solved the traction problem but I still feel that the mower is near max on tipping over.

    I was thinkng about filling the front tires with water, 1/2 - 3/4 full. Do you think that's a good idea, or not? And if not, any suggestions? Also, if yes, should I add water also to the rear tires?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Water in tires?

    I put water/rv antifreeze mix in the rear tires of my John deere GT275...it made a world of difference in stability and traction. I bought the fitting for this at Tractor Supply. A bonus was the tractor rode smoother....which surprised me, I thought it would be the opposite. I haven't done the fronts yet,but plan too....if I can ever remember to pick up more rv antifreeze

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    I don't think I would use water because of corrosion and freezing. I have heard of guys using beet juice. We also live in an area where beet juice is readily accessible so I don't know if that would work for you. The mixture with the antifreeze may be a good idea

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    Default Re: Water in tires?

    Heinlein, I live in Georgia. Same weather as I had in Texas. Hot and Hotter :-) And I'm fortune enough to have inside storage for my tractor and mowers. Otherwise, I definitely would consider calcium or bettle juice mixture.

    Hizoot - super info! I too, expected that the mower would ride like a brick. Glad to hear that it's the opposite.

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    Default Re: Water in tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gem99ultra View Post
    Heinlein, I live in Georgia. Same weather as I had in Texas. Hot and Hotter :-) And I'm fortune enough to have inside storage for my tractor and mowers. Otherwise, I definitely would consider calcium or bettle juice mixture.

    Hizoot - super info! I too, expected that the mower would ride like a brick. Glad to hear that it's the opposite.
    You might also consider windshield washer fluid ( winter grade ) . It's cheap ,and has a fairly low freeze point .
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    Default Re: Water in tires?

    Job done. Added ~2 gallons (exactly 14 pounds) of water to each of the fronts. As Hizoot said - it has better front end traction, and surprisingly - has a better ride!

    Thanks for the suggestions. And yes, I will consider beet juice or another antifreeze additive... just in case.

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    I have the same model you have forget the fluid buy some knobby mud tires like on a 4 wheeler , mine will climb straight up just about anything , my front end docent come up if I lran my bodyweight forward when going up and lean back when I go down . I dont know what you weigh though body weight could make a significant difference . I'm 215. Sorry I didn't see you have already fixed the problem . Good luck.

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    Default Re: Water in tires?

    oh yeah , the old straight water routine, that should rust up those rims real well on the inside where you won"t be able to see it.

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    How do I add fluid in the tires?
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    Default Re: Water in tires?

    Well... job's not quite done. Now the steering is 'too heavy' for spouse to comfortably cut grass. Water's coming out.

    BTW - I had no concern about rusting the rims off. I'd be a very old person before that happened. Besides, rims are cheap.

    I have a 50# weight on each of the back wheels, so traction isn't an issue. It's the flipping over part that concerns me.

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