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#1 Cribs1450 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 15, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Hey folks,  its that time of year again and I have finished (for now) working on the Massey 1450 as seen below.

 

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Now the blade I have can rotate a full 360 so I plan on reversing to do the driveway and more than likely the ends of my neighbors drive as well!  I've got wheel weights that I have installed, but I am having an issue with the chains that I own.  I am new to this so I understand the rear tire chains, but I have no idea what the other straps are for (I do not even know if this is parts for the chain and tires)  See below.

 

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Also the chains for the rear tires seem to be a tad loose, so I was planning on going to home hardware or CT to grab either rubber straps or chain link to go across in an X shape to keep them from slipping!'

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated GT friends!

 

Oh also as a side note I have been looking into getting my second project,  My neighbour might be selling an older club cadet 128, that I might pick up.  But what I would really like is a massey 16, its just hard to find in the area!


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Posted December 15, 2017 - 12:46 PM

The others are strap chains. 2 are broken and should be like the 2 closest to the chain sets. They fit around the tire at 180* apart.


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Posted December 15, 2017 - 01:25 PM

:yeah_that:

 

The ones with the straps are not used with the regular chains but are a different type of chains similar to this.

 

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Posted December 15, 2017 - 01:46 PM

Thank you guys! makes sense. also I would not even be able to use them on the front tires as there are no holes in the rim obviously.  Must have been from something else!



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Posted December 15, 2017 - 02:08 PM

A couple of bungie cords like you mentioned in an x is what I do...works great.
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Posted December 15, 2017 - 07:36 PM

Chains can be kinda Loosey Goosey.  Long as they reach over the sides good, not a problem. When a little loose, least easier to put on, most are a battle to get on good.


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Posted December 15, 2017 - 08:01 PM

I have never seen tire chains like that, I would throw a set in my truck though in case I ever needed them. I usually use a bungee and some S-hooks to make an "0" shape to hold the chains instead of an X shape. That's just what I do, I have never done the X so I don't know what works better.


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Posted December 15, 2017 - 08:21 PM

One way I liked was to take the wheels off and deflate the tire a bit. Hook up the chains and reinflate for a snug fit. I haven't used a bungee since.
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Posted December 16, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Jack the tractor up and put the chain on the raised wheel.  lock the inside first, then the outside and try to keep them even.  Chains don't need to be tight to work, in fact the work better if they are a little on the loose side as long as they stay on.  The clean out much better when they fit a little loose.


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Posted December 16, 2017 - 06:46 AM

Update: I went with the X style with rubber straps as they were only 1.50 each at Home Hardware.  Works real well!

 

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Posted December 16, 2017 - 07:23 AM

Chains can be kinda Loosey Goosey.  Long as they reach over the sides good, not a problem. When a little loose, least easier to put on, most are a battle to get on good.

If your chains are loosey goosey , they can fly up and hook the fender.

 

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Then you will have fenders that look like this 


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Posted December 16, 2017 - 07:59 AM

If your chains are loosey goosey , they can fly up and hook the fender.

 

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Then you will have fenders that look like this 

Yea There is a decent amount of clearance but when I was going down the road faster the one came up and knocked it a bit.  not to bad though,  The fenders and the seat are the last 2 things that I need to do to the GT for looks



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Posted December 16, 2017 - 08:33 AM

Get 4 springs and a steel ring, they work awesome and a lot less fuss then bungees that won't last but a season or two anyway.

 

I just hooked up lucy with the springs and ring set up and I like it so much all my tractors are going to get them.

 

I'll take photos of it later when I run out.


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Posted December 16, 2017 - 08:38 AM

Jack the tractor up and put the chain on the raised wheel. lock the inside first, then the outside and try to keep them even. Chains don't need to be tight to work, in fact the work better if they are a little on the loose side as long as they stay on. The clean out much better when they fit a little loose.

That is when they start moving side ways and places you don't want them. Snug when installing gives the right tension while driving. The cross chains will still lift slightly as they come around.
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Posted December 16, 2017 - 01:51 PM

I used a tarp strap and S hooks on mine

 

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