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Old 02-03-2012, 09:09 PM   post #1 of 26
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So after 15.5hrs of plowing snow at work, I arrive at home, and my wife bought me 4 suitcase weights I Love her!! And I had 14" of heavy wet snow waiting for me to plow, Rear lug tires could not do it. So I put the chains on my turf tires and mounted them on the tractor 2hrs later and some happy neighbors I called it a night..
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:28 PM   post #2 of 26
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Boy your testimony seems to blow a hole in the theory that AG/Lug tires are the be-all-end-all on snow. I would like to hear the differences between how the two different arrangements worked. Did the lugs just spin?

I know I keep looking at lugs because they look cool. But in reality, my turfs with chains have yet to let me down in either summer or winter. Glad you finally got some snow. I am still waiting. Supposed to be 50 depress tomorrow.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:37 PM   post #3 of 26
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Boy your testimony seems to blow a hole in the theory that AG/Lug tires are the be-all-end-all on snow. I would like to hear the differences between how the two different arrangements worked. Did the lugs just spin?

I know I keep looking at lugs because they look cool. But in reality, my turfs with chains have yet to let me down in either summer or winter. Glad you finally got some snow. I am still waiting. Supposed to be 50 depress tomorrow.
mbrun yes they were spinning alot,mind you it was heavy wet slushy snow. I am sure they would be great with a snow blower?
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You got the worst snow to push, AG are good but nothing beats chain.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:29 PM   post #5 of 26
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You got the worst snow to push, AG are good but nothing beats chain.
stladrill nailed it. Nothing beats chains. That being said, AG's with low air pressure, fluid filled and wheel weights does pretty darn good and saves your driveway and garage floor from being scratched up.
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You got the worst snow to push, AG are good but nothing beats chain.
From my experience, deep heavy snow with slicked over pavement underneath, ags alone won't cut it. But on my gravel drive,my 318 with 26" fluid filled Tru-Powers with 60+ pound wheel weight on each side is darn near unstoppable, until I get on the road out front of the house that is. Then I will need to chain up because the asphalt will be too slick for the ags to push large amounts of snow. So now I just chain up the ags when the first big snowfall is expected and leave them on all winter. Ags won't slip the least bit.
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So now I just chain up the ags when the first big snowfall is expected and leave them on all winter. Ags won't slip the least bit.
There's not many of us who put chains on AGs (and admit to it). I find that they work quite well and notice no appreciable difference from the chained turfs. I will also admit that I am too **** lazy to switch back to turfs when it snows and just like leaving the AGs on all year. They just look better.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:16 PM   post #8 of 26
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I try ag and they didn't work for me fill and 150lb on the back ,now no weight turf and two link chains try to stop me it's unbelivable and also if I don't have the weight I don't scrach the black top but I don't spin eithermy 210 lb on the seat is enought and that is a gt 235 with 48 blade sorry for the ag boys but here in the Canidian border we got some hard pack to the point that you can walk on top of it neve5r had a problen moving it in fact I have a walk behine blower I haven't used it in the last 3 years it too much fun with the blade .
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at some point it is going to get icy

and nothing but chains or studs work on ice.

if your ice comes in very small patches 4WD might do it without chains but once all 4 are on ice, spin time...


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So after 15.5hrs of plowing snow at work, I arrive at home, and my wife bought me 4 suitcase weights I Love her!! And I had 14" of heavy wet snow waiting for me to plow, Rear lug tires could not do it. So I put the chains on my turf tires and mounted them on the tractor 2hrs later and some happy neighbors I called it a night..
You have a great wife that thinks about you and your tractor. Great looking JD.
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Ice nothing but chains or studs work.

Heavy snow once again chains rule the world, next Ags or HDAP's. Turfs without chains on either ice or snow are helpless...
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How do you like those front tires?
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So your saying if you plan on using chains its pointless to use ag tires. I guess with ag tires your cross chains are between the lugs sometimes limiting their ability to contact the ground, whereas on a turf tire the chain would contact better. I would think ag tires would mark the sod more than turf tires in the wrong conditions also. I really don't care for the look of the ag style tires, or the atv tires some guys are using.
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So your saying if you plan on using chains its pointless to use ag tires. I guess with ag tires your cross chains are between the lugs sometimes limiting their ability to contact the ground, whereas on a turf tire the chain would contact better. I would think ag tires would mark the sod more than turf tires in the wrong conditions also. I really don't care for the look of the ag style tires, or the atv tires some guys are using.
I would say if you have chains and turfs don't go out and buy ags thinking you are going to do any better with just the ags and no chains. Save your money.

I run 26x12x12 ags and v61s on all my machines except the x500, which is the mower of the bunch and has HDAPs and turfs up front, and I don't see damage from the ags or the HDAPs. The only time I might see any damage from the ags, and the damage is just deep tread impressions due to added weight, is when the ground is soggy wet from a couple of days of rain or melting snow. Oh and I use simple two link chains with my ags and they have great contact with the ground.
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My driveway is concrete, flat with very little slope. I HDAPs with two suitcase weights. I rarely use the diff lock. I'm only 165lbs in the seat. I'm very happy with this setup for winter but I'm thinking of getting turfs for summer because the HDAPs really compacted the lawn last year.
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