Hi all, new to site. Been getting into larger tractors a bit since I bought my 5 acre spread, so figures it's time to join up as I know I will have questions...First being: plowing traction.
I don't want a debate over plowing vs blowing, I have a new-to-me Crapsman garden tractor 20.5hp hydro, which for the free price tag, came with dozer blade, wheel weights, chains*, and a sleeve hitch. (as a side note, I also have a self-propelled blower, which is currently not running, different subject). My driveway is paved asphalt, steep downhill, right onto a 55mph state highway. I lucked out last year when I discovered that the little bit of snow we had gotten turned the drive into a bobsled track, and there happened to be no traffic when I slid across both lanes. Needless to say, I have been diligent on salting it since then. That being said; we have yet to receive any significant amount of snow. When that comes, I will have to plow/blow before salting.
Back to the tractor. I was happy to see it came with chains, but the * is for the fact that they are shredded. Guy must have been doing donuts in them...So I am at the point of buying new chains, or going with lug tires. I run chains on my White 2055 w/ turf tires(because they DO NOT MAKE TIRES FOR IT), and they do well, good in snow(when the damn thing starts.... another topic). I run lugs on my Crapsman mower, and they work great for everything I've tried them on. Have NOT tried snow with them, as all that thing is good for is mowing.
My main question is, this new tractor is going to be my "work" tractor, plowing(snow and moldboard), hauling, etc. I want good summer traction, and also winter. Short term if I get new chains for the turf tires, I know that will work ok in snow, and well enough during summer, I just hate to leave them on all year. If I go with lug tires, I want to make sure I can add chains if I find out the tires themselves aren't enough traction.