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#1 Moosetales OFFLINE  

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 11:45 AM

I've been waffling back and forth between using chains on my front turf tires (16 x 6.5 - 8) for the winter months to get that added traction I need when snow blowing OR bite the bullet and buy a tri-rib tire.

 

Well, I decided I'd bite the bullet and purchase the tri-rib tires. Easy enough one would think. So, I went to Miller Tire's website to secure my new tires and to my wonderment (and partial bewilderment) I was faced with more options that I was prepared to deal with.

 

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Before I launch into what I need from you let me tell you a bit about what I'll be using my Case tractor for. I maintain (4 seasons) a long dirt lane (100-150 yards). I blow snow, grade the drive way, till the garden in the spring and fall and collect leaves (hydra-vac attached to mower) in the fall. I have a newly refurbished K-2 cab (I believe) on my tractor and I have two sets of rear tires (ags and a turfs with chains). My rear wheels are weighted with approximately 60 lbs. of weight per wheel.

 

This is where I need your help (based on experience more than arm chair hypotheticals....please). Have you had any experience with these three tires on your tractor? What was your experience regarding longevity, traction, etc. What would you recommend for my situation. Thanks.


Edited by Moosetales, October 10, 2013 - 11:57 AM.

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Posted October 10, 2013 - 11:53 AM

I would go with the 5 rib tires as they should do the least amount of damage to your lawn when you are leaf vac-ing.


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 12:00 PM

I would go with the 5 rib tires as they should do the least amount of damage to your lawn when you are leaf vac-ing.

 

I won't be on the lawn for an extended period of time. I use my Simplicity 3108 as my primary mower. With that said, and focused on the traction factor......what would you recommend? Thanks.


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 12:24 PM

I think the 5 lug would give you good straight line floatation, with very good side bite. I would also think that on snow/ice it doesn't matter what you use unless you use chains and/or weight.


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 01:00 PM

I plow most of the time with my 1973 Ford 2000 diesel with an FEL. My driveway is gravel and about 150 yards long. The 2000 has tri-ribs on the front and they slide sideways in heavy snow. I have plowed with my old Raider 9 and snow blown with a now dead Craftsman. I don't think that the front tires will make much difference unless you have four wheeel drive. An extra counterweight on the back may help but the rest of it is so very sensitive to conditions that the tires don't help that much. I agree with Brian, chains with bars seem to make more difference than the tread. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 10, 2013 - 03:13 PM

Like the rears the fronts will load up without chains regardless of what you use. I would just chain what you have now & save some money. Let us know what you do & how it works for you.  :thumbs:


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Posted October 11, 2013 - 02:27 AM

The Vredestein V61's (1st ones you pictured) are the best you will find. I ordered some early this year for my 448 and used them for everything from plowing to steep hillside mowing. They are an excellent tire. For a working tractor I'd recommend nothing else. The 5 rib V-61's are just plain awesome. The grooves are deep and pronounced. For snow and ice nothing will out do chains, but this is probably the best you will find. They are 6 ply but were still easy to mount and ride nice, not as harsh as I thought they would. Steering is much easier even with 100 lbs on the front!

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Posted October 11, 2013 - 02:40 AM

A few more pics.

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Posted October 11, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Thanks for the great feedback (with examples) AND for the pictures. I just pulled the trigger on the 5-rib tires from Miller Tire. Now to wait and get my rims prepared. Thanks again. I'll post pics once everything is on and set.


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Posted October 11, 2013 - 12:27 PM

My 5 cents says to go Snow Hogs. They have good traction, but they are only 2 ply still. I use them on the Caterpillar for plowing and they will dig in for tight high speed turns when on dirt / grass. The bonus is you can usually find a used pair in good shape still. You can buy the new tires in your list and if you run across some snow hogs, I have a pair of Case front rims I will sell you, as I no longer have any tractors they fit LOL.


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Posted October 11, 2013 - 01:38 PM

My 5 cents says to go Snow Hogs. They have good traction, but they are only 2 ply still. I use them on the Caterpillar for plowing and they will dig in for tight high speed turns when on dirt / grass. The bonus is you can usually find a used pair in good shape still. You can buy the new tires in your list and if you run across some snow hogs, I have a pair of Case front rims I will sell you, as I no longer have any tractors they fit LOL.


I may very well be in the market for a second set of rims. Shoot me a pic and price via PM. Thanks.

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Posted October 12, 2013 - 01:29 AM

I also have several sets of front rims available if interested. Some tires good on them others not so much.


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Posted October 16, 2013 - 08:25 PM

Well my new tires (and snow blower belt and new coil) came today. Now to locate some new to me rims.

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Posted October 17, 2013 - 04:40 PM

I find the 5 rid tire Vredestein V61's to be the best all purpose tire.

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Posted October 18, 2013 - 02:23 AM

I find the 5 rid tire Vredestein V61's to be the best all purpose tire.

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If they work on an electric GT I think it will work great for about anything. Thanks for the pic. That's cool. Go Green! :rolling:


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