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#1 chieffan OFFLINE  

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Posted December 04, 2015 - 08:34 AM

Been trying to find a pair of tire chains for my H16XL.  No one that I can find has any large enough except one JD dealer.  Cost prohibitive as one would expect.  Due to the weight shipping would be expensive also.  Prices seem to vary considerable too as do the cross bar pattern.  I would like chains with the ice cross bars attached to every other side link.  Where you you get your chains and what would be a reasonable price?  Tire size I believe is 12" rim and 10 or 11 " wide tread.  Ag bar tires, not original.


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 08:53 AM

epay?  Sounds like yours are a little wider tire, that is what makes hard to find used. All kinds of 8 or 10" wide ones offered. They have new ones listed too, but as you say, costly. Sometimes just got to "bite the bullet" and get those when you have quick need.


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 09:08 AM

I buy all my chains from tirechain.com, they have a large selection and the quality is excellent and the prices are reasonable.

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Posted December 04, 2015 - 09:12 AM

As glgrumpy said: EBay. Unfortunately they are 'in season' and very expensive. I picked mine up in the spring at the end of the season; they were like half price. You need to know the tire size.

 

Here are a couple of places:

 

http://www.tirechain.com/26X12x12.htm

 

http://www.tractortirechains.com/


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 09:14 AM

epay?  Sounds like yours are a little wider tire, that is what makes hard to find used. All kinds of 8 or 10" wide ones offered. They have new ones listed too, but as you say, costly. Sometimes just got to "bite the bullet" and get those when you have quick need.

Your right about the wide tires being harder to find used.  I make my other pair for the 10" tires from 1 - 1/2 sets of vehicle tire chains.  Works out good but they won't fit the other tractor.



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Posted December 04, 2015 - 09:21 AM

Looks like the ones I can get run about $100  a set

 

is your tire size 23X8.50X12?


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 10:16 AM

The easiest and cheapest chains are recycled car or truck tire chains. I usually pick them up for $5 or less per set at tag sales or fleamarkets. The trick is to find the tool. With it, you can shorten the chains to the length that you need and put as many cross pieces as you want. BTW, I find that a spacing of less than 6" between cross pieces doesn't work well. Good Luck, Rick

Bungee cords or bicycle tire tubes make great tensioners.

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Posted December 04, 2015 - 10:44 AM

Would need to know tire size to be sure but pretty sure you run the 23 x 10.5-12 tires. New chains run $112.00 and used run $60.00 a set. These are the 2 link spacing. Shipping would be $13.00 a set. We also have terragrip sets that use rubber slats to protect the drive way so no steel touches the driveway. Those are a little more $125 a set.


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 01:13 PM

Looks like the ones I can get run about $100  a set

 

is your tire size 23X8.50X12?

 

 

The easiest and cheapest chains are recycled car or truck tire chains. I usually pick them up for $5 or less per set at tag sales or fleamarkets. The trick is to find the tool. With it, you can shorten the chains to the length that you need and put as many cross pieces as you want. BTW, I find that a spacing of less than 6" between cross pieces doesn't work well. Good Luck, Rick

Bungee cords or bicycle tire tubes make great tensioners.

Your right about the recycled car/truck tire chains.  Can't even find them around.  Why do you think that less than 6" spacing between the cross bars doesn't work well?  What size tires are you talking about.

 

My tires are 23 X 10.5 X12.

 

Got lucky !  I just bought a set 2 years old,  right size off a JD 425 for $30.  Have the cross bars on ever other side link.  45 miles from home.  Going after them in the morning.  Thanks for all you good advise guys.  Going to go look at a red Cub Cadet about 8 miles from home then split wood this afternoon in 40+ temp.


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 01:37 PM

Your right about the recycled car/truck tire chains.  Can't even find them around.  Why do you think that less than 6" spacing between the cross bars doesn't work well?  What size tires are you talking about.
 
My tires are 23 X 10.5 X12.
 
Got lucky !  I just bought a set 2 years old,  right size off a JD 425 for $30.  Have the cross bars on ever other side link.  45 miles from home.  Going after them in the morning.  Thanks for all you good advise guys.  Going to go look at a red Cub Cadet about 8 miles from home then split wood this afternoon in 40+ temp.


I've found with the smaller spacing and packed snow they tend to sit on the snow. The greater spacing seems to dig in better. I believe my rear tires are the same size. Just incase, I keep a coffe can of sand with me too, for ice. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted December 04, 2015 - 02:48 PM

I run 2 link vbar on my cub and its a tank, I've never got it stuck and last year I was in snow as deep as the tires and had no issue pushing it.
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Posted December 04, 2015 - 04:53 PM

In my experience, two link spacing gives almost double the traction of four link. It also gives a better ride.
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Posted December 04, 2015 - 08:03 PM

In my experience, two link spacing gives almost double the traction of four link. It also gives a better ride.

I think it is a lot easier on the tractor also.  with two link it constantly has chain traction.  With 4 link it has a jerking effect, on and off the cross bars.


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Posted December 05, 2015 - 09:51 AM

Assuming that the AG tires that are on it are the same size as the original tires (23-10.5-12), here is a link to that size chain on tirechains.com.

 

http://www.tirechain...23X10.50X12.htm

 

If you have the R1 style AG tires (V-Bar), the best types would be the two on the left or the one on the far right.

 

Those types will help keep the cross links from falling down between the bars.






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