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Worn out tire chains. What to do with them?

I put a new set of quality 2 link spacing tire chains on my 23x10.5x12 Bar Ags 3 years ago. I drive the tractor all over town on the pavement to plow parking lots for friends.

Today one of the cross chains broke apart on the edge of the outer bars.

So 2 things.

1. Does using chains on the Ags cause them to wear out faster?

2. Once I repair the chain, can I swap from one side to the other and turn them inside out and get another few years out of them? What is my best course of action? Should I use my mig welder and build up parts of the links. Very time consuming, but I have lots of time.

I only have the plastic wheel weights and windshield washer filled tires so I get a lot of tire spin. I was plowing my friends parking lot last week and he said when I was spinning it was making sparks. So more weight would probably help chains last because they won't spin as much.
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Here are some pictures. They are worse than I thought.
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Re: Worn out tire chains. What to do with them?

the links in the middle pic should not come in contact with the ground,
if that is in fact what is happening, IMHO the chains are probably
installed improperly, the twisted links are the only links that should
contact the ground, again, just my opinion,

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the links in the middle pic should not come in contact with the ground,
if that is in fact what is happening, IMHO the chains are probably
installed improperly, the twisted links are the only links that should
contact the ground, again, just my opinion,

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The chain shown in the middle picture are so worn I think because they must have rubbed on the brake rigging. I never heard any noise but I also have a hard cab on the 332. I have 1/4" automotive wheel spacers I might check to see if they fit. I will try and fix these chains as I am reluctant to spend $100 on new ones.
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Re: Worn out tire chains. What to do with them?

If you have lots of time ,you can modify most chains to fit a tractor with a mini grinder/cut-off wheel,small pry bar ,and a vise.I get chains free,thrift store,or yard sale cheap.In your case, I would just replace link.I have lots of cut links from fitting chains.Not really nessesary to weld cut shut after install.
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Re: Worn out tire chains. What to do with them?

Knitted these myself,modified width/length, got both sets for free.
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If you have lots of time ,you can modify most chains to fit a tractor with a mini grinder/cut-off wheel,small pry bar ,and a vise.I get chains free,thrift store,or yard sale cheap.In your case, I would just replace link.I have lots of cut links from fitting chains.Not really nessesary to weld cut shut after install.
I stopped by a few places I thought would have chain for sure. Surprisingly they did not have any that matched what I need. I did finally find a straight and twisted link that was close. I got a few feet of each. I will take the time to fix these ones up.

The chains I have now were bought 4 years ago when I was in the next town over. For the life of me I cannot find the name of the place.
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Started fixing them up. Got new side links in.
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Re: Worn out tire chains. What to do with them?

this type of cross chains (v-bar) is desirable for longer life and
better traction on ice if one has a choice, but then what a
person has on hand is usually much better than what isn't
handy. I'm curious, have you determined what caused
the side chains to ware?

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Nothing but time. 1 side fixed.
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this type of cross chains (v-bar) is desirable for longer life and
better traction on ice if one has a choice, but then what a
person has on hand is usually much better than what isn't
handy. I'm curious, have you determined what caused
the side chains to ware?

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I’ve been looking at chains like that. With a H or diamond pattern and v-bars. For now I’ll fix and use these.

They wore out hitting on the brake rigging.
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Re: Worn out tire chains. What to do with them?

I just realized the best thing to do is swap the tires around from side to side installing them in the wider stance position. I will gain about 1 1/4" clearance.
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Tracs, sounds like you have the situation well under control.

I have a set of the v-bar chains for my truck that were well
worn when they were given to me. I ran some stick hardface
on top of the worn v-bars, and they have lasted me for over
25 years, used them at least 2 times, maybe 3. They mostly
just hang on the wall in my shop.

Good luck with your chain repairs.

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I just realized the best thing to do is swap the tires around from side to side installing them in the wider stance position. I will gain about 1 1/4" clearance.
If that's too wide (say, makes them wider than your blower or whatever), you could try putting some fender washers on the studs behind the wheels to move the wheels out just a little. I did that on my walkbehind, as I put on wider tires (as I added about 150 lbs of weight to it) to be less damaging on grass, and using fender washers (mine were just over 1/8" thick) was enough so the tires stopped rubbing on the hydraulic lines to the wheel motors.
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Re: Worn out tire chains. What to do with them?

If a cross bar link breaks it can be fixed with a monkey link.
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