Looking For Tire Chains, Some Questions
Posted November 05, 2012 - 06:18 PM
Getting the tractors ready for the snow and one thing I lack is tire chains. Both of my tire sizes are 23.8.50-12. Should I get 2 or 4 link? Pros & cons?
I sadly don't have any wheel weights, but sure I'll figure something out.
Price wise, what's a fair value on chains? I see pricing all over the chart. Cheapest I've found so far are these:
$49.95 shipping for a set of two.
Posted November 05, 2012 - 06:33 PM
Posted November 05, 2012 - 06:58 PM
Posted November 05, 2012 - 07:11 PM
The $50 price you posted about looks like a good deal. The closer we get to winter, the more demand for these chains, and the price will probably go up.
As far as weight, you can put windshield washer fluid in your tires fairly inexpensive. A couple of years ago, I bought a 55 gallon drum of WWF for around $100.
Edited by KC9KAS, November 05, 2012 - 07:12 PM.
Posted November 05, 2012 - 08:45 PM
Posted November 05, 2012 - 09:32 PM
Posted November 05, 2012 - 10:17 PM
Posted November 05, 2012 - 11:24 PM
I like the tensioners as they are all steel and use springs instead of rubber. I have a set of chains and rubber tensioners on that the PO of another tractor I have, and one of the rubber ones just rotted away. I bought a 2nd set of tensioneers for it as well.
Here's what they look like
- tractorman604 said thank you
Posted November 05, 2012 - 11:25 PM
Just used old chain from were ever, 2 link,
I've got system for tensioner that works good, its a piece of round that get folded back over to provide tension,
I should take a pic when I put it on the H14.
Posted November 06, 2012 - 12:38 AM
>Size the chains right so the cross link/to side chain attaching links are completely off the tread area and are around towards the sidewall of the tire.
>Take the time to install the correct sized chains CORRECTLY, cross chains 90º to the side chains and no slack in the sides or cross links.
>Once you get the chains on right, trim off excess side chain links so they don't slap or hook anything back of the wheel. You won't ever need any "spare links" on them if you use them on the same tires. AND you'll never need to bother with any rubber bands or springs again.
>Correctly sized chains just won't allow room to fall off a tire. In fact, on full sized truck tires tensioners can pull a single chain off a tire that's going flat (at least it'll be in the snowbank instead of between the duals:D). Tensioners are good for keeping a broken link from whacking the truck body until you can put in a monkey link or replace the cross chain... (40-50mph truck plowing)
>On my JD GX335 (24/12/12) I found that one rear tire required one extra link in the inside side chain to allow for a difference in size from the other rear tire. I guess actual inflated size is not that critical at Carlisle for GT tires.
Disclaimer: May not apply to log skidder or large agricultural or earth mover tires. Luckily I never had to fool with those in the snow!
Posted November 06, 2012 - 12:52 AM
Posted November 06, 2012 - 09:43 AM
Posted November 06, 2012 - 10:32 AM
Yes, liquid ballast has long been used in tractors and GT's , calcium chloride mix in water is common, but rots a rim out over time. RV Antifreeze works ( propylene glycol) works too, Beet juice ( Rim Gard) seems fairly popular as well.
I have loaded a few sets of my tires with good 'ole WWF, and have had no issues.
There are many ways to get it in the rim/ tire, I like using an irrigation pump, some garden hose , and a fluid filling adaptor that mates the garden hose to the Schraeder valve on the rim, to the garden hose. The adaptor has a relief hole in it to purge the air as the fluid fills the tire.
I got my adaptor from Gemplers, it is found under the listing of Fluid Ballast Supplies.
added: Many tire places will fill your tires with ballast for you. But, I am kinda a DIY'er :-)
Edited by marlboro180, November 06, 2012 - 10:34 AM.
Posted November 06, 2012 - 12:33 PM
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Posted November 06, 2012 - 12:45 PM
Why, thank you Alan .
You might want to check out this post, this was the system I used and it worked fine for what we're doing. If it was a 38" tire on a big tractor, I might reconsider the process, but this worked fine for a GT tire.
- MH81 said thank you