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Old 02-06-2011, 11:36 AM   post #1 of 12
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Default TerraGrip rubber traction belts

Hello new to the forum with a question.

I just recently purchased a set of Terragrip rubber traction belts (http://www.shopgreendealer.com/terra...tionbelts.aspx) for my x300 with 44in blade. I installed them and went out to attempt to get the 5 inches of snow off the 3 inches of solid ice. The minute I left the dry garage floor my wheels started spinning. Pushed the Deere down a ways onto the light fluffy snow. Again started to spin. I came back into the house to read the importance of making them tight, reinstalled, round 2.

Round 2 was worse then round 1. I almost had to push all the way back to the garage. I can not make these belts any tighter, both latches use up all the links to the next belt the inside hook is just 1 short, on each. I even tried the deflate and re-inflate tire for tightening. All of this spinning and I haven't even dropped the blade.

Am I doing something wrong or do these things just not work so well on pure ice? I felt like my standard tires worked on the ice better, but slippage on even the fluffy stuff?

Any help from the knowledgeable members for the forum would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-06-2011, 11:40 AM   post #2 of 12
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How much weight you got on?
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:41 AM   post #3 of 12
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Sorry, but I haven't seen any reviews on them yet. Sounds like only a set of tire chains is going to help you out on ice like that.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:51 AM   post #4 of 12
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How much weight you got on?
I have not tried any weight yet, short of my own. My wife feels like I keep putting money into a supposedly low purchase that has slowly been growing.

And yes it is pure ice. We got hit with that freezing rain/sleet then snow then more freezing rain. My neighbor's kid was ice skating on the front lawn.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:18 PM   post #5 of 12
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You are probably going to need some weight and go to chains as wizzo suggested. I have 150# of weight plus chains and ice doesn't pose a problem for me.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:23 PM   post #6 of 12
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I agree with the others, you may want to try and get some additional weight on the tractor. I haven't seen these Terragrip rubber traction belts, but my guess is on pure ice your only really good option is either studded tires or chains.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:27 PM   post #7 of 12
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Junk those things, get some weight and chains.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:12 PM   post #8 of 12
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Weight and real chains or try drilling some self tapping screws into the tread on your turfs. slkpk
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:18 PM   post #9 of 12
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Chains for ice, those rubber straps just aren't going to do the trick on solid ice!
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:15 PM   post #10 of 12
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Default Re: TerraGrip rubber traction belts

like the guys have said, steel chains on the ice R best but you will even spin steel chains without added weight!

drop 4 suitcase weights on the rear end or wheel weights and give those rubber chains another shot!

even if they don't work you needed the extra weight for the steel chains!!!

(and if you need steel chains get the 2-link version)

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Old 02-06-2011, 08:21 PM   post #11 of 12
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Gotta what the other guys are saying, get real chains and some weight .
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:26 PM   post #12 of 12
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I could see where they would work in snow but on ice your traction devise has to be able to cut into the ice, hence as was stated chains or studs.
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