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#1 Mark 149 J. ONLINE  

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Posted November 23, 2016 - 11:05 AM

I know I will get lots of different opinions but I have to ask.
I have a cub cadet 1811 that has a 42" snow blower. It currently has Goodyear Soft trac turf tires with wheel weights. I've never used a snow blower before and I don't know if these tires will be sufficient?
I also have a pair of chains that I bought at a yard sale that I can install on it to improve traction.
Another option is installing a pair of Carlisle ag tires that I have or I also have a pair of Carlisle turf savers.
Which ever way I go, I plan to fill the tires with beet juice at the local tire shop. It only cost about $10 per tire.
I've noticed that a lot of people use turf tires with chains on they snow machines. This is why I'm asking which way will work the best?

I also plan on using this tractor to rototill my garden.

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Posted November 23, 2016 - 11:13 AM

Weights and chains are all you need, and with them, tire tread pattern is irrelevant. Front weights are a plus and will aid in steering on slippery surfaces. Ags and weights are best when it come to plowing and tilling the garden.
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Posted November 23, 2016 - 11:13 AM

I use ag tires and chains. Some people say that the chains fall in between the ribs on ag tires which renders them not taking a bite. I think they still do and the ones that stay on top of the ribs really take a good bite, because the weight on that piece of chain. Just my opinion. I'm sure others think differently.

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Posted November 23, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Weights and chains are all you need, and with them, tire tread pattern is irrelevant. Front weights are a plus and will aid in steering on slippery surfaces. Ags and weights are best when it come to plowing and tilling the garden.

 

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Posted November 23, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Turf tires and chains are the best winter combo, the flat tread of the turf tire ensures even pressure on the chains.
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Posted November 23, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Only combination better than turfs and chains are the Carslile All Trail tires (kind of a crossbreed between an ag and a turf) with chains.  I run the rubber link "chains" instead of normal steel chains.  Less driveway damage on mine and my neighbors steep concrete drives.  And I think they grip better.  They also ride better when you have to cross dry pavement and will not damage asphalt or concrete drives like metal chains can if you slip out.   Mike


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Posted November 23, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Thanks for the great information!

Looks like I'll use the turf tires that came on the tractor and just add the snow chains.

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Posted November 23, 2016 - 12:01 PM

Weights and chains are all you need, and with them, tire tread pattern is irrelevant. Front weights are a plus and will aid in steering on slippery surfaces. Ags and weights are best when it come to plowing and tilling the garden.

  

:ditto:

  

Turf tires and chains are the best winter combo, the flat tread of the turf tire ensures even pressure on the chains.


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Posted November 23, 2016 - 12:09 PM

For years I used a crapsman LT1000 with a snow blower, turfs with chain and wheel weights. It did fine, rarely got stuck or had issues.


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Posted November 23, 2016 - 01:01 PM

Presumably the tires will run where you've already removed most of the show.  Ag tires won't help with the dusting that is left.  I agree, turf tires and chains.


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