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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted December 07, 2013 - 08:15 AM

I see pics on here like this:

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And am intrigued. Specifically with this section of picture.
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How do you guys keep the chain on there without any cross pieces?
Also, what is that chain? Would bike chain work?
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Posted December 07, 2013 - 08:19 AM

Don't move the tractor?

 

 

Nah.

 

I think they put them on, and then inflate the tires. I would think that might be

tough on the rubber, a bit. I guess that's the price to pay, for being able to steer.


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Posted December 07, 2013 - 08:24 AM

I'm thinking that with a ribbed tire you could lay the chain in the groove between ribs and it wouldn't be able to move side to side. It looks like a heavier chain than a bike chain, at least a #40. I don't think that would work as well on a turf tire. You could always get small conventional chains designed for snowblowers and use those.  


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Posted December 07, 2013 - 08:24 AM

Somewhere on this site, I've seen the recommendation for deflating the tires, fastening the chain, then re-airing the tires so the chain is good and tight.  It was a verbal description only, no pics, and not much more information than that.  I think the recommendatoin was for bicycle chain, but can't remember for sure.

 

PS:  I think it was a "Ags vs Chains" discussion, but not really sure.


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Posted December 07, 2013 - 08:24 AM

Yeah, Will is right. And it is bike chain.


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Posted December 07, 2013 - 08:50 AM

I think you'd want a bigger chain than a bicycle chain,

Maybe a #40 chain, you can get 1/2 links for those, might make it easier to get the right length that fits the tire.

I also heard let the air out of the tire, put the chain on and air up the tire.


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Posted December 07, 2013 - 09:19 AM

I have some old bike chain and a ST16 that steers like it is controlled by the Ouija board principle when the blade is down... Worse when angled.
It's really not all that bad, but I have this weird fascination with the tractor going where I aim it.
May give this a try.
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Posted December 07, 2013 - 09:32 AM

I have some old bike chain and a ST16 that steers like it is controlled by the Ouija board principle when the blade is down... Worse when angled.
It's really not all that bad, but I have this weird fascination with the tractor going where I aim it.
May give this a try.

 

Chain like that shown above, snowblower chains, or small AG's, reversed will all help tremedously!  To get even better, when that blade or blower is down, diminishing front end pressure, and creating a loss of steering control, add front wheel weights, or fluid.  My very favorite option is front AG's with weights.  I wouldn't mind adding fluid also.  I keep this setup on a spare set of front rims, becuase the added steering pressure and 'bite' will chew the crap out of turf when it warms up.

 

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Posted December 07, 2013 - 09:47 AM

I also have a very old set of 8" bull chains, but they are far to aggressive to mount to these wheels. No idea what they are off of, but they are slated to go on Loran's MF8h next year.
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Posted December 07, 2013 - 10:14 AM

Two years ago, I made up those chains. #40, I think, bought from Farm&Fleet. I deflated the tires mounted it and inflated. It looked good, but sometime in the first big snow, I lost one. Never found it. Never replaced. I would say if you don't get it lined up perfect, it may walk it's way off.


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Posted December 07, 2013 - 01:11 PM

Two years ago, I made up those chains. #40, I think, bought from Farm&Fleet. I deflated the tires mounted it and inflated. It looked good, but sometime in the first big snow, I lost one. Never found it. Never replaced. I would say if you don't get it lined up perfect, it may walk it's way off.

 

I have heard that 1 chain on a reinflated tire will work off especially if you are on coarse blacktop.  I don't know that from personal experience though.

 

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Posted December 07, 2013 - 01:25 PM

I sure could have used some chains on the front wheels today while playing plowing.

About 1/4" of ice then 5 1/2" of snow made for difficulty in going the direction I wanted!



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Posted December 07, 2013 - 06:59 PM

I'm leaning towards trying some snow blower chains. I'd hate to not notice loosing

a #40 chain, and then grinding it through the blower.


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Posted December 08, 2013 - 10:08 AM

It would be nice to have the extra traction on the front but with my luck one would fall off and go through the blower.  The resulting projectile would destroy:

 

A.  The front end of the camper on the east side of the drive.

B.  The front end of the pontoon boat on the west side of the drive.

C.  The overhead garage door.

D.   Neighbors font door.

 

I have enough trouble with an occasional stone.  Extra weight, wrap around tire chains or Ags would be much safer for me.



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Posted December 08, 2013 - 11:54 AM

A number of years ago, we had a winter that was nasty in relation to North Carolina.  A number of ice and snow events came through in about a two week span with temps staying colder than usual, which meant that whatever began to thaw during the day would ice up again overnight.  I had a set of chains with a cross bar on each link, and they really did a good job getting me around the 400 unit community I was working at at the time.  A good set of two link chains like in the attached link might work well for your front tires.

 

http://www.tirechain...-BAR-Chains.htm






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