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#1 Bolens 1000 ONLINE  

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Posted January 02, 2011 - 08:05 PM

Well after using the 1050 with rubber tire chains a few times I have come to the conclusion that they do in fact work well. Do they work as good as regular chains? No, but they are a great alternative if you want to save your blacktop. I used them with the blower and blade with minimal slipping. I even had the differential off most of the time.

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 05:45 AM

Well that's good to know Brian.

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 07:28 AM

Yes, that is good to know. How bad does the black top get beat up with just regular chains? I haven't had the chance to use my new set of chains more than once. No ill effects noticed yet.

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 10:19 AM

If you spin you will scuff up the driveway a little with regular chains. The driveway I have is about 2 years old and I didnt want to take any chances LOL

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Posted January 04, 2011 - 12:56 AM

Most pavement damage comes from spinning wheels, so less it stands to reason, less spinning means less damage. I used to use std car type chains, & while they worked ok, I always thought they could be better. The last batch I bought on ebay had twice as many latteral bars. With wheel weights & water (4 parts water/1 car antifreeze w/tubes), I hardly ever spin anymore . They are well worth the extra bucks if you want to save the pavement.
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Posted January 04, 2011 - 07:00 AM

Thanks for the report!

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Posted January 04, 2011 - 09:19 AM

Thanks for the update Doc, glad to hear they're workin' out good. As for regular chains, I know the more weight you've got on the drive axle the more damage will be done when you do slip. The big worry is turning though, I drove the QT16 down the road once with the 33" tiller and chains on it, and you could see a few little marks from straight line driving at top speed but everywhere I made a turn dug up some pretty good spots on the pavement.

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Posted February 08, 2011 - 10:06 AM

I put a set of these rubber tire chains on this winter and I agree that they work very well. I have a QT-16 with a 48" blade and a modest hill on my driveway. I have wheel weights and 5-gallon pail of rocks on my hitch. With this setup I'm able to actually plow up to about 6"-8" of dry snow going UP my driveway. Any more than that and I' limited to plowing downhill, but that works great!

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Posted February 08, 2011 - 10:22 AM

Yeah, they work better than I first anticipated

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Posted October 14, 2014 - 06:23 AM

Yeah, they work better than I first anticipated


How have they held up, Doc?
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Posted October 14, 2014 - 02:52 PM

How have they held up, Doc?

 

Still look new minus a few scratches here and there,

I can now sell/supply them for most of the common sizes! :thumbs:


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Posted October 14, 2014 - 06:44 PM

Hard to believe they work that good on hard packed snow or ice,seems like they would just slip



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Posted October 14, 2014 - 06:51 PM

Hard to believe they work that good on hard packed snow or ice,seems like they would just slip

 

They actually have more grip than chains in the snow due to them covering a larger surface area than a chain, I  was also pretty satisfied with the results when I tried plowing the garden with them.

As for ice, nothing can compete with it, only spikes in your tires will help you there!


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Posted October 14, 2014 - 06:56 PM

Like paddles on a sand buggie in some ways, i wonder what would happen if someone added studs to the rubber strips, worth a try ?



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Posted October 15, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for posting this review up. I was wondering how well they would work.

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