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#1 grand OFFLINE  

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Posted February 15, 2010 - 05:33 PM

I wanted to get some input on the type of chains you folks like to use. Our 4 link spacing chains just arrived today so they haven't been tested by us yet. The others we have used
have been 2 link spaced. The picture that tweidman posted of his tractor in the snow looked like he was using a 4 space chain and I would like his opinion and anybody else that cares to jump in as to which chain you like best.:cool2:


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Posted February 15, 2010 - 07:09 PM

You know, I have been sitting here thinking about this and I am wondering if the 4 links might not be the better option when it is mainly snow and the 2 links would be better in the ice. The other thing to consider is whether you are running ag tires or turf tires because they would affect how the chains were spaced also.

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 08:47 AM

In the past all i knew was 4 link chains and they work. This year i got a different set of chains and modified them to fit my tractor. They are now 3 link chains because I didn't have enough cross links to make 2 link chains. I think they work better, so 2 links would probably be even better. Just my $0.02

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 10:02 AM

In the past all i knew was 4 link chains and they work. This year i got a different set of chains and modified them to fit my tractor. They are now 3 link chains because I didn't have enough cross links to make 2 link chains. I think they work better, so 2 links would probably be even better. Just my $0.02


Are you using them with turf tires or ag tires? I am wondering if it makes a difference depending on what tire you are running?

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 10:24 AM

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I cut down a set of larger tractor chains for my 12" tires.......crosses are every 2 links, but being larger chains they are probably about 3 link compared to smaller chains...they grab real good.

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 10:26 AM

That's not a bad idea either, the larger chain size would definitely make for good grabbing.

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 10:36 AM

Are you using them with turf tires or ag tires? I am wondering if it makes a difference depending on what tire you are running?


I am running mine with turf tires.

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 10:41 AM

It would be awesome to do a side by side comparison with turf tires with 2 and 4 link and ag tires with 2 and 4 link.

I don't have a set of ag tires to be able to do a test. We have the chains though. I might have to see about getting a set of ags and trying it out.

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Posted February 16, 2010 - 10:50 AM

Here are my 3 link chains.
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and here is a shot of my old 4 links
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For anyone working on chains I suggest a pair of tire chain pliers, they are a huge time saver.
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Posted February 16, 2010 - 01:26 PM

I have only ever used 4 link, but my guess would be... the more cross chains the better for traction. The chains do tear up the grass and driveway pretty bad. Damage-wise the 4 links cause less... that's my guess :rolleyes:
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Posted February 16, 2010 - 02:33 PM

Thank you to everyone that posted a reply. Several different things to think about.




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