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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted March 17, 2013 - 11:24 AM

Over the past few years it seems more and more people are putting AG style tires on the front of their tractors. The reason I'm starting this thread is just to get a couple opinions/reasons why people are doing this.

 

To me it just dosent make sense, The Garden Tractors aren't 4 wheel Drive and you would think steering would be harder with those big bulky tires on the fronts. IMO they actually look kind of silly on the front.

 I'm assuming these cost alot more than just your regular turf tires, so I'm really at a loss as to the reasoning behind it.

 

I'm not knocking the people who do this Just curious as to what others have to say and get some  different opinions on this topic.....

 

 

Here's a couple Examples:

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Posted March 17, 2013 - 11:31 AM

I've thought about doing that to one of my GTs, but haven't yet or maybe never will. The only reason I would put them on is to be a little different and to leave cool tracks in the snow and dirt :D


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 11:32 AM

Doc., I have wondered the same thing and i figure it's a couple reasons. They like the looks of their Gt with the Ag's up front, gives it that 4X4 look. the other reason I think is because of the load ratings, the Ag's can be bought with a higher Ply rating then the regular front tires. Just my thoughts. :wave:


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 11:50 AM

I have wondered the same. From what I have seen so far I guess they offer better steering in snow and muddy conditions? I was going to test them but decided to get Snow Hogs instead. I will probably test as set sooner or later.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:15 PM

I have wondered the same. From what I have seen so far I guess they offer better steering in snow and muddy conditions? I was going to test them but decided to get Snow Hogs instead. I will probably test as set sooner or later.

 

I would have thought the three rib style would give better steering in snow & mud, and reduce drag.

 

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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:23 PM

Good question as I'm curious about the answer on this as well, I seem to remember reading somewhere they offer great steering traction when installed backwards but I've rarely seen them mounted that way.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:31 PM

I think they look good on some tractors. I haven't used a set of ags on the front so I can't comment on how they actually affect driving and steering. But as far as looks go, I think they really give certain tractors a cool look...
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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:43 PM

Only one real reason on a 2 wheel drive tractor,

 

                                               The bigger is better "Cool factor"   :poke:  :D 


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:47 PM

I personally like the 3 rib I don't have them, cost to much , I bought new turfs As for ags I don't know .

 

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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:48 PM

I have not put a set of ags up front yet, but I like the look and probably will put them on one GT at some point. Like johonnyreliable post, I like the cool factor and it will make mine different looking that the others. Not a right or wrong issue for me, just being different
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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:54 PM

Over the past few years it seems more and more people are putting AG style tires on the front of their tractors. The reason I'm starting this thread is just to get a couple opinions/reasons why people are doing this.

 

To me it just dosent make sense, The Garden Tractors aren't 4 wheel Drive and you would think steering would be harder with those big bulky tires on the fronts. IMO they actually look kind of silly on the front.

 I'm assuming these cost alot more than just your regular turf tires, so I'm really at a loss as to the reasoning behind it.

 

I'm not knocking the people who do this Just curious as to what others have to say and get some  different opinions on this topic.....

 

 

Here's a couple Examples:

I agree with what you say here, Doc! I think the 3-rib look cool if you have narrow wheels. I'd like to have some 5-rib for my wider wheel fronts. Just don't see a reason for the AG's at all. I have no snow to push down here, so I don't have to worry about steering traction. I don't have a loader tractor, so don't worry about the weight on the front axle.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 01:09 PM

I could see a benefit as for extra plyes to protect against Mesquete and Catus thorns. I have been knee deep in Catus for the last couple weekends and not had an issue "yet".

 

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Posted March 17, 2013 - 01:10 PM

Think those guys are "Wanna-be's" and have the 4x4 look w/out buying expensive tractors like new ones mostly are now days.

I like 3-ribs on my PK's, otherwise just turf treads are fine. those big 5" tri-ribs don't look quite right tho.  If ags are on back, tri-ribs on front just look right and more like a bigger tractor would have. "wanna-be" again! 

 

Second question:  Why do some fellas put them on backwards on a 4x4?? Claim they give more traction for backing up is what I heard. They look funny though.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 01:22 PM

Even though it is not 4x4, it still does provide a tad more traction versus if you had ribbed tires up front. Others like it for looks. Maybe you want for a few upgrades and it does have all-wheel steer or 4x4, in that case go for it.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 01:58 PM

I like the look of ag's on the rear and tri ribs on the front, I have 1 GT that way and just bought a used set of ag's for the second GT looking for front tires now.I am not impressed with ag's on the front, juct to make it look like a 4x4




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