This is my first post/time using this forum. Forgive me if I am missing something or am ignorant to how the site runs, I don't want to waste peoples time!
I recently was given a 2002 (I think but can't seem to locate the date of manufacturing) Craftsman GT3000, (48" blade, 23HP Kohler Pro V Twin). The former owner (my good friend) was fed up with it. Luckily my father was a small engine mechanic for years and last weekend we spent about 5 hours on it and it runs perfect other then I need to have the choke out a bit at all times. This may improve as I run it more, (it had been sitting in a barn for two years).
At any rate, I am looking to purchase tire chains and had a few questions. I have poked around the forum and am having difficulty finding the right info.
I have taken the deck off and will be using the tractor primarily for hauling wood, dirt, rocks etc.... I live in New Hampshire on approximately 3 acres of land. The majority of my yard is wooded and somewhat flat. I will be taking down trees, cutting them up and hauling them up to my driveway area to my wood stack. This will require going up a small hill approximately 20-30ft long and a moderate grade. I also have a few other small hills in the yard that I need to get over. I currently have 23 x 10.5-12 Carlise Turf-savers on which are spinning on me, even on the small hills without hauling anything.
I was thinking of getting 2" spaced heavy duty V-bars for maximum grip however I will be on my paved driveway some of the time. The driveway is relatively flat. I may or may not use the machine for snow removal in the future. I do not have any snow attachments for it currently.
I am concerned about chewing up my driveway with the V-bars, however I want maximum grip for pulling out in the yard. Do V-bars really dig into tar?
With all that being said, here are a few questions:
- recommended chain type/brand/spacing for my situation
- should I get some sort of chain tensioner?
- do I really need the chain tool that I see advertised?
- do I need tire weights and or some sort of rear weight?
- recommended weight brands
- where is the manufacture date on my tractor?
- Recommended material for building access trail up the hill for driving on (hard pack verses gravel etc...)
Thanks in advance to any advice!