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Posted April 17, 2012 - 09:23 PM

What would be the best size tire for plowing, moldboard plowing, with a garden tractor?
Which is better a narrow tire or wider tire or is there a certain size that works best?
AG lug tires, no liquid ballast added.

6 - 12
23 x 8.50 - 12
23 x 10.50 - 12
26 x 12.00 - 12

Edited by DH1, April 17, 2012 - 09:24 PM.


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Posted April 17, 2012 - 09:27 PM

For snow I was always told the narrower the better, but for drit and mud wider the better.

Snow - you want to sink down to somthing solid (cut down thru the snow)

Dirt - You want contact surface with the ground

My pic is either 23x8.50-12 or 23x10.50-12
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Posted April 17, 2012 - 09:28 PM

The 8.50's I had on the Caterpillar last year plowing with only 60 pounds of wheel weights per wheel and it did ok.
I drove it in mud and snow (didn't really work it) and it has had both 10.50's and 8.50's on it, and yes both ags.

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Posted April 18, 2012 - 04:49 AM

Doug, there is another discussion going on here with some interesting info. on tire size considerations for plowing. Heres the link http://gardentractor...-x-12-12-tires/ It sounds like there can be some problems with oversize tires that aren't that obvious.
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Posted April 18, 2012 - 10:35 AM

Really, NOT too wide is better. 8.50's do awfully well. I go wide just because they look good. Actually, it's best not to surpass your plow width by much, so I'd say 10.50's would be prime for a 10" plow.
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Posted April 18, 2012 - 11:28 AM

I've noticed that with the wider tires (23 X 10.5 X 12) on my Wheel Horse 314-8, I have all the traction I will ever need. I'm pulling a 10" plow and it does a great job.
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Posted April 18, 2012 - 12:14 PM

I use the 23x10.5-12 ags on my wheel horse raider 12 w/a 10in plow and a set of weights and it does fine.
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Posted April 18, 2012 - 08:50 PM

Ryan has the Deestone 10.50 tires.. They tend to run a little smallish, so call them 10" He rarely, if ever spins with weights. Total between weights and fluid is around 125 per side.

I have 8.50 turfs & chains on my Sears SS12. It did really well at Plowday. Rarely spun unless I was way over in a deep furrow. I only have 65# per side on it, so a little more wouldn't hurt any.

KK also has 8.50 & chains. She only has 50# per side. Her chains are 2 link spacing instead of 4 like mine. She was pulling the 8" plow and almost never spun.
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Posted April 18, 2012 - 08:58 PM

One thing to remember is that a lot (most) of the gt tires aren't actually their marked size. The 26x12x12 carlise super lugs on my mf12g are really only 10 3/4 inches wide and fit in a 10" brinly's furrow fine. I do a good bit of plowing for peoples gardens and there are times I would have a really hard time without my 26x12x12's. If your plowing at a plow day or a pre-existing garden it's one thing but when your plowing virgin ground that was overgrown with weeds a few days before plowing you need all the traction you can get. My mf12g isn't the heaviest of GT's so I have a lot of added weight also. I have the tires loaded, 85 lb wheel weights on the inside and 55 lb weights on the outside. Believe it or not even with all the weight I still always bring a set of tire chains a long and there have been times I've had to chain up to get the job done. I have another mf12g with deestone 23x10.5x12's and it does okay at plow days with some occasional a$$ shifting.

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Posted April 19, 2012 - 05:50 AM

I put the 26 X12-12 Carlise ags on 11.5" rims on the JD 140 and took them back off because I could not use the mower deck with them on. I am going to find a set of 23 X 10.50-12 t1res instead and mount them on 9.5 or 10" rims.

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Posted April 19, 2012 - 08:23 PM

Thanks for all the info, looks like 23 x 10.50 - 12 is a good choice.
I know when you load the tires the bigger ones will be heaver for sure but for the same weight is the wider tire better than a narrow one???
I know form yrs ago for snow plowing tall skinny tires work better that the wide fat ones on a 3/4 or 1 ton snow plow truck, as was said before.
If you go off road 4wheeling in the mud the opposite is true, wide fat ones are better.
I always wanted to try a comparison, I have a set of AG 6-12s and a set of AG 23x10.50-12s maybe some day I should try both sets on the same tractor, keeping the tire/wheel weight the same and see what happens.
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Posted April 19, 2012 - 08:27 PM

Sounds like you have a plan Doug. Glad we were all of some help in your decision.

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Posted April 19, 2012 - 09:58 PM

I think it also depends alot on the size of garden tractor. I can tell I loose alot of torque on the 140 when I have the 26X12's on compared to the 23X10.50's. Would really like to have a pair of those new Firestone 10.50's to try out. :thumbs:

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