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#1 awol OFFLINE  

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 01:20 PM

As most here know I'm new to the garden tractor family. So I just wanted to know why do you put bungie cord on the chains? I don't have them on mine and should I?? (Rocokie)!!! Is it to prevent the latch from cuming undone.:itsok:

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 01:28 PM

They are used for tightening up the slack in the chains.

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 01:30 PM

Some chains fit better than others and you may not need them in some cases.
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Posted January 03, 2011 - 01:34 PM

They are used for tightening up the slack in the chains.

I don't seem to have any slack in the chain, when I close the latch it seems to take all the slack out. Mind you it is not always easy to do, maybe wrong size chains!!

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 01:38 PM

Some chains fit better than others and you may not need them in some cases.

Thats what I thought thanks Brian!!

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Posted January 03, 2011 - 02:59 PM

Back when they used them on cars, it was a safety feature.
If the outside clasp lets go, the whole shootin match works to the inside of the tire, and wraps up on your brake lines, axle, etc.
Still a good idea with GT's even tho you're not going 35 MPH. Might just keep you from breaking something.

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Posted January 04, 2011 - 12:42 AM

I used to do the bugie thing all the time, but lately, I resize the chain for a good fit by using use half links to fine tune. Then I let some air out, to get the chains on, & then reinflate. It makes for a tight fit with no slop. I can run much faster, with no chains slapping the fenders.
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Posted January 04, 2011 - 08:13 AM

Thanks for the tip railman

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Posted January 04, 2011 - 08:29 AM

I used to do the bugie thing all the time, but lately, I resize the chain for a good fit by using use half links to fine tune. Then I let some air out, to get the chains on, & then reinflate. It makes for a tight fit with no slop. I can run much faster, with no chains slapping the fenders.
Joe


Yes that way works good,that's how I used to do it when I was clearing my yard with a garden tractor.

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Posted January 08, 2011 - 07:17 PM

See, when I chain up I start by jacking the tire off the ground and laying out the chain so the lay is perfectly strait right behind the tire. I then pull it onto the tire and bring it around. I get them to where the slack is minimal when I close the latch and then the bungee cords come out. I spend the next 15-20 minutes weaving the the cords around the main outside chain (hate them going across the wheel). Once the cord is on I spin the wheel and get the chains seated on the tire nicely to where the bungees take out the slack just right. After the first drive I see the results of the success. It is time consuming but well worth the time to not have the chains on the tires in a big wad (seen that and looks like trouble). That reminds me, the tilling tractor has slack in the chains from the day I bought it 3 years ago and I have yet to fix that!!

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Posted April 04, 2011 - 03:06 PM

Can you use tire chanins throughout the summer at all or if you leave them on to long will it hurt the tractor?

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Posted April 04, 2011 - 07:56 PM

Chains can stay on as long as you want
They dont do damage to the tires, Usually I leave chains on year round on a few of my Bolens

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Posted April 05, 2011 - 12:50 AM

The only time the chains come off my tractor is when they get replaced with new. They last about 800 -1000 hours before the cross links start wearing through.

No bungy cords either. I spend the extra time to work all the slack out.




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