Introduction: Retreading Your Lawn Mower Tires

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With proper care and maintenance, a good lawn mower can last for decades. This means your machine will long outlast the tread on your tires, making your once self-propelled mower a push mower and making your job much harder. Here's a simple trick to retread your mower tires and keep your mower running like new. All you need is some basic tools and a used bicycle tire, which you can probably get from a local bike shop for free.

You can do the same thing with any solid tires.


Used bike tire


1/2" long Screws



Scissors or snips

Step 1: Prop Up the Mower and Measure the Tire

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This whole thing is much easier with the rear tires off the ground, so prop up your mower. I used a stool.

You'll need to measure your tire. No need to get technical here. The easiest way is to wrap a string around the tire and then either cut it off or hold your thumb at the length once it is all the way around.

Step 2: Cut the Bicycle Tire

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First, cut the tire to the length of the string. Then cut the sides off so the bicycle tread is the same width as your mower tire.

Step 3: Screw the Bicycle Tread on to the Mower Tire

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Put two screws into the end of the tread to start. Then wrap the tread around the tire, putting in a few screws as you go to hold it tight. Once you get to the other end, trim any extra and add two more screws. I ended up with seven screws total: two on each end and three spaced out around the tire.

Step 4: Repeat for Second Tire and Get Mowing

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Once both tires are retreaded you'll be amazed at how much better your mower pulls. If you live on a mountain, this is going to be very important. Of course, the next step is to find a gullible neighbor child who wants money more than free time and will mow your lawn for you.


Lee Wilkerson (author)2016-08-13

Great idea for larger tires, but 3 inch to 5 inch tires usually don't cost that much. Besides, extra rubber meeting any surface means extra friction as rolling resistance. There is already far too much rolling resistance in small tires.

honda_on_nos (author)2015-03-17

Too much thought.... Self tapping screws would be all that's needed truthfully

DavidR166 (author)honda_on_nos2015-10-02

Good idea, I have a entire jar of those.

bigpig (author)honda_on_nos2015-03-19

Unnecessary comment.

DavidR166 (author)2015-10-02

I had the same idea myself but was planning on gluing on the tires. Think I will use glue and screws.. Using string to measure is a great idea. I just need to find some good scissors or exacto to cut with..

tfellad (author)2015-05-13


tfellad (author)2015-05-12

Great idea

JohnC20 (author)2015-04-01

Used mountain bike tires for my grandkids PowerWheel Car so he could ride in the yard and not the street.(too fast for street) was fun to do. The Dad sold it in garage sale last summer. Car was 4 years old when it sold. Love the DIY Re-Tread

nkz75 made it! (author)2015-03-30


My mower now has a life of it's own.. no more pushing in closed corners.


espdp2 (author)2015-03-25

Hardwood75 beat me to it. Powerwheels are *begging* for this treatment, as is my front wheel powered mower. Thanks!

Bverysharp (author)2015-03-23

A great use for old bicycle tires, and a neat solution to a vexing problem! Well done!

jakall3 (author)2015-03-22

THIS is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" moments. Kudos!

hdmotorc (author)2015-03-22

Im gonna do my hand trucks with this technique. thanks

Hardwood75 (author)2015-03-20

Great idea! I'm going to use this on my kids powerwheels too.

pietro.busatta.7 (author)2015-03-20


zap1998 (author)2015-03-19

Awesome idea.

shivaprasad.kodlapur (author)2015-03-19

It is a beautiful idea thanks for that.

blackout drop (author)2015-03-18

Aerator tires? Put some big spikes on the tires. Solid fix idea though

camping crazy (author)2015-03-18

Great idea!! If you drove screws up through the bike tire before you wrapped it around you would have unbelievable traction. Might tear the lawn up when they spin though.

Dustin Rogers (author)2015-03-17

Genius!! Makes me want to try it on my front propelled wheels, even though they aren't worn out. :)

I was thinking the same thing :)

joshcube (author)2015-03-18

Excellent Instructable and excellent recycling of an old bike tire.

EricHi (author)2015-03-18

is smart! I could have done this on my old Toro lawn mower after
finding out that replacement tires would cost over $50. Have to
remember this one. Thanks!

NathanSellers (author)2015-03-17

Genius! I have been thinking about what to do with my mowers bare treads. Question answered.

saulhudson32 (author)2015-03-17

genuinely ingenious, I was at lowes the other day and they had rims for riding mowers and I thought "why don't they sell better wheels for push mowers

ShakeTheFuture (author)2015-03-17

Very cool!

It's definitely worth trying.

Let's see if I'll remember this trick in the future (when I'll have a lawn mower and a lawn) :)

joshualeelaird (author)2015-03-17

good job man. I would attempt to use a rubber cement and pressure to seem it really tight to avoid lawn debris from building between the wheel and tread, keeping the ground mating surface flatter and more uniform. I am totally go to try this ible!

DIYgiveaways (author)2015-03-17

Pretty awesome!

seamster (author)2015-03-17

Very clever! And definitely cheaper than buying a new pair of tires!

TomV4 (author)2015-03-17

Excellent! This also raises the blade height slightly, which can be an added plus.

Wired_Mist (author)2015-03-16

Lmao, Awesome Idea! I bet that has more traction then when it was new :P

And Grats on your First I'ble; Nicely done !

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