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#1 RustyB ONLINE  

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Posted December 14, 2016 - 08:27 PM

I need a little help. I have a new JD X580 GT with a snow blower on it...I bought a set of the rubber flat chains for it. The ride is so rough that it makes it unusable. I have wheel weights and 4 suit case weights Around 250 extra pounds of weight on it. I am running the original  Carlisle HD Field Trax tires on it. I have used GT's for over 25 years with steal chains and have never had a tractor ride this rough...like it is on a cobble stone street. It bounces so much it shakes the suit case weights up and down, then the tractor spins and hood shakes. That is at a slow speed.

Has anyone run into this? Any ideas on a fix? Tires? These tires are completely new to me. To much air? Running 12 lbs. Trying to save driveway.

Superior Tech - the company I bought them from has no idea - except the tire are not flat across the tread so the rubber bar is not making complete contact with pavement, They have offered to take them back. Sorry so long winded. Pics attached

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Posted December 14, 2016 - 08:30 PM

Been using these rubber chains since 2011 and have to say they are alot smoother a ride than Steel chains!


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Posted December 14, 2016 - 08:49 PM

Drop your rear air pressure down to 6 lbs. Your tires are stiffer in the cold and your not carrying much weight on the back with the blower hanging out front. 


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Posted December 14, 2016 - 09:07 PM

Thanks Tractorholic I hope that takes care of it. I was leaning towards replacing the tires with a extra set of turf tires that I think are the same size. Even the JD dealer told me to run 12 lbs of air even in the winter in those tires.


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Posted December 14, 2016 - 09:09 PM

Yep, what Chris said. Drop the pressure until they have some 'give' to them.


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Posted December 14, 2016 - 09:12 PM

If they were 2 link instead of 4 link, the ride would be better. To much gap in between the cross bars on the 4 link ones.

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Posted December 14, 2016 - 09:24 PM

  I agree, drop the pressure, I only run just enough pressure to get the tire up and that's it.  maybe 5lbs max.  Nice looking rig by the way.

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Posted December 14, 2016 - 09:34 PM

Thanks petrj6 First brand new tractor for me. Imagine this went to look at a used tractor, took the wife with and she thought we should buy new when she saw the shiny paint in the showroom. I still like working on the older ones I have though.


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Posted December 15, 2016 - 06:52 AM

If dropping the pressure doesn't smooth out the ride enough. A set of two link where it has a cross strap twice as often gives a much smoother ride. My experience with the 4 link was not the best. Especially running the road to the neighbors.
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Posted December 15, 2016 - 09:39 AM

The snow will give you a cushion so you don't feel the bump of the rubber chains.


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Posted December 15, 2016 - 03:56 PM

The snow will give you a cushion so you don't feel the bump of the rubber chains.

Exactly what I was going to say.



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Posted December 15, 2016 - 06:11 PM

Thank you to all that responded. I had to much air in my tires...instructions said to go by the tire. lowered air pressure to 7.5 lbs, made the ride really smooth. Thanks again 


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Posted December 15, 2016 - 06:34 PM

Glad your happy with the results   :thumbs:


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Posted December 22, 2016 - 02:42 PM

Any chains, be they metal(rougher than rubber on dry pavement)or rubber will give a rough ride on dry hard pavement.  Even 2 link will still be choppy feeling on the dry pavement.  But once in the snow, they go to work.  I run the rubber 4 link as you have with excellent traction and no damage to the driveway when I slip out.  Usually trying to back up the inclined drive with the snowblower off the ground will result in some slippage if I get to aggressive with the reverse peddle.  This is one reason its nice to have a second tractor that doesn't have chains on it for chore duties when the ground is dry.  The ride is much smoother!   Chains are going on the GT275 in about 30 min after I eat a late lunch.    Mike

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