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Posted August 13, 2014 - 11:41 PM

I have a 1978 Case 222 with a 44 inch mowing deck. The Caterpillar (Craftsman) is on the list this year for being parted out. On it are 26x10.50-12 tires on Cub Cadet 12x8.5 rims. I have an extra pair of front Case rims and a pair of 18x6.50-8 snow hogs. I also have the later fenders for gaining the needed clearance of 26 inch tall tires. It appears I can clear the mower deck, and I am only talking it has to drop an extra inch or so to mow versus stock. But has anyone done this before and expected to still mow lol?

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Posted August 14, 2014 - 09:32 AM

I wouldn't do that if I were You!
The small wheel tractors are geared higher than the big wheel tractors.
It will go too fast to mow well!

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Posted August 14, 2014 - 10:03 AM

I just posted a warning about the same thing in a different thread... Yes, consider that the taller tires have a larger circumference which equals faster ground speed which equals more strain on the drive system.


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Posted August 14, 2014 - 10:35 AM

What about if I just went with 23x10.50-12 tru powers?

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Posted August 14, 2014 - 08:47 PM

 23x10.50-12's are what I have on my 222, although they're Deestones, which aren't nearly as nice as tru powers. :thumbs:

 

 While I agree with what was said about the larger 26" tires changing your gearing, and adding some stress, I think you would be just fine, if the tires will clear your mower deck. For the most part, mowing will never come close to testing the strength of these rugged built drivelines. If you were going to use it for  ground engadgment (like ploughing, or tilling), then my opinion might be different.

 

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Posted August 14, 2014 - 09:22 PM

I plan to pull my empty utility trailers into and out of the yard. The 6x10 is about 900 pounds, the 5.5x12 is about 1200, and the 6x12 enclosed is somewhere in there too I would say. Ya I plan to build a hitch to bolt on to the fare and hitch bolts for moing the trailers.

By the way, are you running 12x8.5 rims?

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Posted August 15, 2014 - 07:41 AM


By the way, are you running 12x8.5 rims?

 No they're the original Case wheels.

 

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