Toro tires are constantly being tested to make sure the tire fits the application for maximum performance including traction, application/support and turf markings. Toro engineers are always looking for the optimum tire to meet all these standards.
Tire markings are the biggest concern when it comes to tire testing. Testing for markings are determined by:
- Performance Testing - Tire marks are the most glaring evidence that a tire is not performing the way it should be. Toro makes sure that no matter what machine is being tested the tire will have only a minimal marking effect on the green or fairway.
- Tire Conditions - Tires are tested to determine the exact pressure to make sure only a minimal effect will be made in the greens or on the fairways
Tires are also tested for extreme weather conditions. Toro is constantly testing machines in northern climates where machines are used for 6-7 months and then stored during the cold, harsh winters. Conversely, machines are tested in southern climates where they are used 12 months a year in hot, dry sunny conditions. Toro tires are designed to stand up to temperature cycles, prolonged UV exposure and resistance to cracking and weathering in all types of weather conditions. Tires are tested for durability as well. For example, in a Groundsmaster® application, it's not uncommon for these types of machines to traverse curbs which can result in a split sidewall. Tires for these applications are tested to stand up to this type of wear and tear. Punishment will-fitter tires may not be designed for.
Here are the key points about Genuine Toro Tires:
- Vendor criteria: Toro looks for both quality and repeatability in selecting a tire supplier. And that's important because when you order a tire for a machine you know the Toro tire you're getting is exactly the same tire that's being replaced. Just because the tire is the same size doesn't mean the machine will perform the same. The fact is, 9 out of 10 times identical-sized tires from two different vendors will not be the exact same size and that difference will greatly effect the machine's performance.
- For instance, the will-fit tire may not be sitting level which will add more weight on one of the tires. This imbalance will leave a mark on the turf - especially on a machine that's meant to cut below .100 of an inch such as a greens mower. Any variation and machine attitude is going to go straight to the cutting edge and your customers are going to see that in the turf.
- Traction: The key with a tire's traction design is simple: At Toro, our goal is to equip each machine with a tire that provides the most aggressive traction without damaging the turf.
- Tire Pressure: Checking tire pressure every day is critical to a machines optimum performance. Tire pressure is temperature dependent; a dramatic change in temperature can result in a 50% loss of tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires will show up on the turf.
- Edge Profile: The edge profiles on tires are very important. For example, heavy machines need a stiff sidewall to support the weight. Toro tires on these types of machines are specially designed with a rounded-edge profile so the machine will get the support and suspension of a large tire without the square edge profile or a conventional tire that could leave marks on the turf.
- Application Chances are, will-fit tires will be the right size but the recommended tread (or non-tread) design and tire pressure recommendations will not always meet the application the machine is designed for.