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Filling pneumatic tires with foam?

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  • Filling pneumatic tires with foam?

    In the past I've always driven carts with solid rubber tires but for training my young horse I got a decent quality easy entry cart with pneumatic tires. I'll be doing a lot of driving in riding arenas or on a quiet dirt road, I don't plan to be going out on trails until he's ready to pull my marathon cart.

    To prevent flat tires is there any reason not to fill the tires with foam, Or is there a reason not to? Also do they make solid rubber tires for this type of cart, I've looked and not found any


  • #2
    You can get hard rubber/no-flat tires for your cart, but they are not cheap.
    I looked into the same thing after catching a flat on my way to a drive.
    I found a set - 20", I drive a mini - that would run me $250 shipped.
    From Silver Penney Farm in CT.
    As I paid $300 for my cart at auction, that put me off the idea... at least for the time being.

    I'd be interested in hearing if the foam might be a less pricy solution for me too.
    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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    • #3
      I used solid tires that looked like pneumatic bike tires, but were not pneumatic. That was after getting two flats in one day. Thanks, goathead thorns! I was so happy never to get another flat. There are only three problems with them: they are expensive, they are hard to get onto the rim, and they have more rolling resistance than a pneumatic tire (I know about the rolling resistance because I also had them on my bicycle). I felt they were well worth it given the thorn problem where I used to live.

      If you don't want to go that route, I would first put liners in your tires (like a Tuffy liner, although I bet there are other brands as well). Then you can add foam, and I think that would give you quite a bit of protection.



      • #4
        You might explore getting your tires, foam filled. Call heavy equipment tire shops or your local skid steer dealer. Know that this is a permanent solution. To replace foamed tires, the old tire has to be cut off.
        Equus makus brokus but happy


        • #5
          Originally posted by Milobloom View Post
          Also do they make solid rubber tires for this type of cart, I've looked and not found any

          Sizes would help.

          Last edited by Equibrit; Jan. 16, 2019, 09:59 PM.
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