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#1 york0060 ONLINE  

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Posted November 01, 2013 - 09:44 AM

I have never used a garden tractor to push snow with before, i have the 318 outfitted with ag lug tires, 2 sets of wheel weights and a 75 lb lead weight hanging on the back. Do you think i will need chains or do you think i would get by ok with what i have?  We usually don't get the real deep snows here, most times about 4-8 inches at a time is a deep snow, except 2 years ago we did get 25 inches in one dump. Thanks for the input!

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Posted November 01, 2013 - 09:54 AM

Haven't used a GT with ags before but if it were mine I would add chains. Not sure what you are plowing on, gravel, cement or blacktop. My BIL plows a large blacktop drive with an old MW. GT and he uses ags and chains and has no problem. JM2CW. Roger


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 10:00 AM

It kind of depends on where you are pushing snow. First time I took my 318 out with the blower on it went down the drive fine but I had to push it up the hill to the house. Put chains on before I ever went out again. They are worth the price in my opinion!!

I see your in SW Missouri. While I live in the Snowbelt and you do get some snow. I consider SW Missouri to be in the ice belt.

Temps normally are just enough higher than in Iowa  that you are more likely to get Ice and I consider Chains mandatory on ice.


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 10:02 AM

Yes!


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 10:12 AM

I had AG's on an X475 and it was pretty useless on my hill when it got icy. Even my 3000lb jd2320 with industrial tires needs chains. I say you should invest in a set. The size you need for a 318 aren't expensive and it makes a night and day difference when you need them. If you have any hills to deal with then it is a necessity IMO.


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 11:07 AM

You need chains but you don't have to spend alot. Used auto chains are often only $2 at garage sales. Front wheel drive radial tires should use cables so chains are obsolete for cars. These can be cut down to fit your tractor. There is a chain tool that makes it easy. Use some bungee cords as tighteners. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 11:10 AM

Yes if you ever get any ice under or the buildup could turn icy.
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Posted November 01, 2013 - 11:55 AM

Another vote for YES, here. :thumbs:


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 01:20 PM

If your snowstorms tend to produce ice, then you must have chains.


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 04:03 PM

A must on ice.


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 04:29 PM

I am just up the road from you (KC)

 

I would trade the AGs for turf and yes you will want the chains.

 

Without chains you will slip slide down I-44 to Tulsa and Tulsa is a long ways to have to push uphill to Joplin.


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 04:30 PM

What will happen is that you will go along fine and then all of a sudden you start to spin, Then the snow under the wheel is now ice and you are now stuck.

Short answer Chains are necessary for winter on a tractor doesn't matter if it is a GT or a full size Tractor.
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Posted November 01, 2013 - 06:53 PM

You will need chains!  :thumbs:


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 07:36 PM

Have to agree...chains are a must!


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Posted November 01, 2013 - 08:52 PM

My experience with chains is not a bunch, but if it was me I would get turf tires and chains. Chains fall down in-between the lugs and don't do much. That's just my opinion.  And honestly I think chains are a big pain in the back side. Just my opinion though.


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