I saw this on a youtube video a few years ago and kept it in mind for the day I needed it.
Basically both the originator of this idea and I both used an old bike tire to cheaply retread a lawnmower tire.
This takes a little work, but it is much cheaper than buying new tires.
I simply measured around the circumference of my lawnmower drive wheels and cut the tire into a strip long enough to wrap around the tire.
Next, I cleaned the tire really well and glued the bike tire to the plastic lawnmower tire.
I additionally used self driving sheet metal screws to both hold the bicycle tire to the lawnmower wheel, but also to create “spikes”
Once the glue tried I tried it out, and my retreaded tires really made a difference in how my third hand lawnmower worked.
This Saved Me Money on a “Garbage” Mower
A co-worker thought he was taking advantage of me by selling me this lawnmower for $20.
However, a simple carb cleaning, blade sharpening, and tire retreading made this lawnmower work like a champ. The so called “garbage” mower worked well for me for 2 years.
Once again, a little ingenuity and the willingness to try new things has made my life a little easier. Especially when my yard is very hilly and slick.
This may not be a go to trick for retreading a lawnmower tire, but it was cheap and worked well.
I am sure I will do this again. This is the kind of money saving DIY project that I love to share on my site.
However, I kinda also want to get a reel mower. I like how they are quiet, even if they may take a little more work.