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Baron
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This foam completely fills the tire. It's not for fixing flats but rather its for filling tires. My buddy's tires are ten years old on the Telehandler and it gets used on excavation sites on old industrial  properties. He will never have a flat even though he has reason to believe he's had many punctures. The tires are solid but pliable. Also they weigh similar to calcium filled tires. 

eddiemac
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If the foam weighs the same as calcium chloride in a large tractor tire, doesn't harm the rubber, and lasts for the life of the tire, that seems ideal.  The only question now is how much it might cost?

Baron
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I hear it's expensive. Try the link up above. I've met numerous people that have used it and it seems tough. 

Bill
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I found anything you put in your tires is a lot of grief when it comes to replace them but a tractor without balast is usless if you wish to carry anything in your bucket.

Dcrocker
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My ford 850 tires are filled with common -30 windshield wash fluid. Not as heavy as calcium products, but still around 8 lbs per gallon. Leaks won't rot the rims or kills plants/grass, and it's relatively cheap at around $1.75 a gallon. And, you can buy it anywhere and don't need any safety gear or tools to load the tires. I used a drill pump, two short sections of garden hose, and an air/fluid tire valve.

machamillion
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Croker, how many gallons did the 850 take? Did you dilute with water to some degree? great idea.

Baron
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That is brilliant.

Baron
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That is brilliant.

Dcrocker
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The tires are 12.4x28, so they took about 35 gallon each, adding about 560lbs total. I added the fluid straight, no water, to get the full freeze protection. On occasions, we get nights to 20 below, quite rare for anything near 30 below, so figured it was a safe bet. In addition, I leave my Fransgard winch hanging on the three point most of the time and that adds another 400lbs, so I don't have much trouble.

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