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    2013 X500 Amazing front tire balance and wheel bearing performance

    And now for something completely different....

    I recently had my X500 jacked up in the front doing some routine maintenance and I noticed how effortlessly the front wheels would spin. I played around a little and discovered that the tire is so well balanced and the bearings are so smooth that the tire will actually balance itself on the weight of the valve stem. The tractor has about 250 hrs on it. JD must be using some pretty good bearings on these wheels.

    The same thing occurs on the left and right front tire. I've never seen this type of precision from a garden tractor tire/bearing so I just had to record a video and share. :-)

    2013 John Deere X500 Front Wheel Balance and Bearing Demonstration - YouTube

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    That's pretty impressive
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    I knew they rolled easy, but never checked the balance. Impressive indeed.
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    It is smooth, but I don't understand. Naturally the tire/wheel will fall to the valve stem, because it's not balanced. Stick some gum opposite the valve stem. Balance it. Then watch it go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    It is smooth, but I don't understand. Naturally the tire/wheel will fall to the valve stem, because it's not balanced. Stick some gum opposite the valve stem. Balance it. Then watch it go.
    My point was that I've never seen wheels on a riding mower, wagon, tractor, car, etc. that would spin with such ease that they would self-center themselves on something as light weight as a rubber valve stem. About the only thing that I've seen come close was an expensive bicycle wheel.

    These tires seem to spin with the precision of a pendulum clock - on a garden tractor no less.
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    They certainly spin free. I am more impressed with fact there is no dirt or grease on anything in the photo. Not the floor, the tractor, the lawn cart or even the jack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    They certainly spin free. I am more impressed with fact there is no dirt or grease on anything in the photo. Not the floor, the tractor, the lawn cart or even the jack.
    Heh heh... I do like to keep things clean and tidy but full disclosure - I just cleaned up the garage last weekend and swept the floor and I just scraped the underside of the deck on the X500 on Friday and cleaned it up a bit. The jack mostly only gets used for the X500 and 2720 so it doesn't have many opportunities to get greasy. The lawn cart is quite a few years old and sees very heavy regular use but I clean it periodically and it gets stored indoors, which helps to keep it fresh looking. :-)
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    So it seems to me that after a bit of travel one would no longer feel the "flat spots" incurred during the tractor's down time making for a smoother and more pleasant mowing experience. I hate "tire thump"!
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    This is where my brother would jump in and type a whole bunch of mathematical equations showing that the wheel demonstrates good balance because of the small diameter of the assembly versus the ratio of the total weight to the imbalance weight,,,


    I did not have to take Dynamics class,, so I do not know the math,,,

    I am amazed the rotation is so easy, as the lubricant should have a high enough viscosity to inhibit the rotation of the assembly on the bearings,,,
    in other words,,, does the wheel need greased??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    They certainly spin free. I am more impressed with fact there is no dirt or grease on anything in the photo. Not the floor, the tractor, the lawn cart or even the jack.
    ahh-Herm-i noticed the same thing too-but is not a bad thing. now........if i was to show mine-aghh---
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