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#1 Boss 448 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 04:37 PM

I recently purchased an Ingersoll 224 with the SnowCaster snow blower. The original ribbed tread front tires on the tractor are worn out and I need to replace them. My question is what should I replace them with - ribbed again or go with the more common turf style treads? In addition to using the tractor for snow throwing duties it will be used in the summer for mowing and in the fall for vacuuming leaves.

BTW - the tractor came with wheel weights and chains for the rear tires.

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 04:41 PM

You should go with snow hogs in the winter, and turfs in the summer... just my opinion (get a second pair of rims)

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 05:23 PM

Casey, Do the snow hogs really help with turning? How do ribs compare to turfs for winter traction? I've never used ribbed tires and like the look of them.

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 05:42 PM

I asked this same question on another forum. There are a lot of different ways to make your tractor steer while plowing/blowing snow. Being that you need tires anyway some of the options are tri-ribs, ag's turned around backwards, and the aforementioned Sno-Hogs. Another tire to consider is Carlisle X-tracs. They seem to have all the advantages of Sno-hogs and ag's in one. I just put a set on the front of one of my 444's. They steer easy with a blade on the front, but don't know about the weight of a blower. (14 psi)Full throttle/low range they didn't hurt the "good" grass, but wouldn't use them for mowing. Bare dirt, looks like a four wheeler went thru.

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 07:08 PM

Do you have a picture of "snow hog tires" or are they the same as the carlisle super lug? I've just never heard of them before

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 07:11 PM

They look a lot like ITP Holeshot tires for atv's.
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Posted November 22, 2011 - 07:21 PM

I don't think anything can beat this in the winter for steering control. This is my first winter using this idea and it really works. It has been my experience that rubber in any pattern will not grip on hard packed snow or ice unless studs are applied.

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 07:26 PM

I was thinking about studs on the tires,but wonder what it would do to an asphalt driveway.

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Posted November 22, 2011 - 08:14 PM

They are going to scratch it up. Anything metal, even a shovel will do that. I have to move snow between the house and the garage and around the front of the house. I didn't like the idea of bumping into the siding so the I chose steering control. Your situation is probably different.
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Posted November 22, 2011 - 08:51 PM

I've never seen that done before. You can get chains for the front tires but you need to be careful with clearance. If the chains fetch up someplace on the tractor it's not pretty. One issue is that when you hang weight off the back of the tractor you transfer weight off the front wheels making steering more difficult. Thats one reason I like wheel weight better than weight on the 3pt hitch.
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Posted December 02, 2011 - 10:44 AM

Snow Hogs are ordered. Thanks!

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Posted December 11, 2011 - 10:25 AM

Do you have a picture of "snow hog tires" or are they the same as the carlisle super lug? I've just never heard of them before


Not a great picture, but I have them on the front of my Simplicity.


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Posted January 27, 2016 - 12:24 AM

Just an update.

It was found with the large temperature fluctuations we have and the corresponding air pressure changes that go along with that, I was unable to keep the single roller chains on the front tires. Ended up putting regular 2 link chains in the front instead and have had not further problems with the chains coming off.   


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Posted January 27, 2016 - 12:29 AM

Hey Chris,
After this big snow I was trying to decide how to set up my Cub Cadet 108 (to join the Farmall Cub) so started reading back in the ancient threads, couldn't help but thank the crap out of them too lol. I'm going to start looking for x tracs for the Cadet, and pull the snow hog wheels and tires off the Caterpillar Craftsman in the meantime lol.
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Posted January 27, 2016 - 12:53 AM

  I think the snow hog type of tires would work good in the fresh snow. I would be a little slow to recommend them for hard packed snow or ice. 

  Thanks for bringing this subject to my attention so I could update my findings. Hate to have someone go through the expense and trouble of doing something that didn't work. 

  Hope your getting dug out OK. 


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