Well it's finally time for some new shoes for the 224. I believe the ones on it are the originals. If so they've lasted over 30 years, but it's finally time to replace them.
SOO, my questions to all you more experienced owners are:
What size, what ply rating, and tread pattern for the front?
It currently has 6.50 X8 2 ply turf tires. There's still plenty of tread, but the sidewalls have cracked to the point they no longer hold air very well. Should I replace them with the same thing, go to a 4 ply turf saver tire, or switch to the tread pattern to a ribbed style like most agricultural tractors?
What size, ply rating and tread pattern for the rear tires?
It currently has 8.50 X 12 2 ply turf saver tires. The tread on these has worn significantly over the years, but they still hold air. Should I replace them with the same thing, go to the optional 10.50 X 12 with the same tread pattern, go to a 4 ply version of either, or consider agricultural style traction tires?
The machine gets used primarily to tow a trailer hauling mulch, leaves, fire wood, sand and gravel. It goes up and down hilly terrain on a regular basis. However with extended use last fall I've learned to control the wheel spin to a point that I can climb relatively steep hills with heavy loads and not loose traction. It does occasionally get pressed into mowing duty, but those times are few and far between.
Thanks for your input.