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post #1 of 18 Old 09-03-2019, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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JD GX 345 ags for snowblower

A couple more questions about newly purchased 345. I have a shot at some ag tires/wheels fairly cheap. Anyone run them instead of chains on turf tires with a blower? Also 345 is in good shape except PO must have been mowing close to a white fence. White paint marks all over the hood & fenders. The paint scrapes off with my fingernail but need some ideas on a cleaner to polish it out. I see the owners manual says use only wax/cleaner labeled "no abrasives". Any suggestions? Last, looking for a material collection attachment.
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A couple more questions about newly purchased 345. I have a shot at some ag tires/wheels fairly cheap. Anyone run them instead of chains on turf tires with a blower? Also 345 is in good shape except PO must have been mowing close to a white fence. White paint marks all over the hood & fenders. The paint scrapes off with my fingernail but need some ideas on a cleaner to polish it out. I see the owners manual says use only wax/cleaner labeled "no abrasives". Any suggestions? Last, looking for a material collection attachment.
Weights and chains will be your best bet especially if it's icy. You won't get much traction with rubber regardless of the tread pattern.


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I have zero issues with my HDAPs and weights - even on ice.

As for care of your plastics, any automotive detailing supplies work fine.

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Weights and chains will be your best bet especially if it's icy. You won't get much traction with rubber regardless of the tread pattern.
Couldn't disagree more.

I run Carlise All-trails on the rear of my GX345, 4 suitcase weights and 75lb wheel weights, no chains. Works great with my blower on concrete. Also climbs my neighbors steep concrete drive without issue.

Yes, an ice storm would be an issue but they are extremely rare where I live.
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Weights and chains will be your best bet especially if it's icy. You won't get much traction with rubber regardless of the tread pattern.
X2 on weights and chains. My son runs four 42# weights and chains on the back of his X730, which is a fairly heavy tractor, and has a steep gravel driveway. I blew snow for him last year and only used the diff lock once going up his hill.

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I have zero issues with my HDAPs and weights - even on ice.
I have the HDAP’s on my X738 (HAWD) and no weights or chains and almost never need anything else, but I did need the diff lock once along the roadside by the mailboxes last year.

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Weights and chains can scratch concrete and asphalt. I use Firestone 23deg Ag or bar tires in 8ply. Not sure they have made them available again. I have gotten by with 240lbs of suitcase weights on the back. But I push better with the addition of wheel weights and my fat backside. Aggressive tires work best with lots of plys.
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If it's white vinyl fence, acetone might work - aka fingernail polish remover. BUT - I'd test it doesn't also remove the underlying paint on a very small well-hidden area.
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Couldn't disagree more.

I run Carlise All-trails on the rear of my GX345, 4 suitcase weights and 75lb wheel weights, no chains. Works great with my blower on concrete. Also climbs my neighbors steep concrete drive without issue.

Yes, an ice storm would be an issue but they are extremely rare where I live.
All I can say to that is Good Luck. Where I'm from and I've been doing this for 23 years, we get plenty of ice and without chains you're not going anywhere. Add 10-12" of snow and your F'd. I plow paths in the yard for the dog and chains with weight is the only way to go.
I have a 200lb cab plus 5x 40lb suitcase weights and chains and I still slip at times. That's 400lbs, that's a lot of weight.


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Hard to beat chains on turf tires for ice or a layer of hardpack snow, but I have had good luck with Ags and plenty of weight. Previous setup was the stock 23" Ags on my 425 that were loaded at around 50 lbs. each, 50 lb. wheel weights on each side, about 180 lbs. of suitcase weights on the back, and my 220 lbs. on the seat. This was with just a plow but you get the idea. About the only thing it would have problems pushing were tall packed down windrows along the sides of the driveway, and often would run out of power before spinning the tires. Current setup is 26" ATV tires (tread pattern is probably halfway between an HDAP and AG in regards to how aggressive they are) that are loaded to around 70-80 lbs. This past winter was the first time with this setup and not sure if it ever spun a tire.
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I’ll also note that in addition to traction from your drive wheels, your turning wheels also need traction. I added Xtracs last year and they made a huge difference. The only weight I have in the front is that of the thrower, so the traction from the tires made the difference in my case.
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If it's white vinyl fence, acetone might work - aka fingernail polish remover. BUT - I'd test it doesn't also remove the underlying paint on a very small well-hidden area.
Acetone is WAY too harsh, it will cause damage and strip paint immediately! Please don't use it!! Kingsford lighter fluid is not harsh and takes most everything off. Use lighter fluid on a microfiber to remove the white marks, then wax after that. GX345 Hoods are notorious on these for breaking. Take care of it. Remove the hood latches to ease the stress of opening of the hood.

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I have zero issues with my HDAPs and weights - even on ice.

As for care of your plastics, any automotive detailing supplies work fine.
I think this is subjective- depends on how much snow you get a year-- on avg Evans City, PA only gets 38 inches a year of snow- I'd imagine most of your storms are 6 inches or less?

I've actually tested this on my X590- with 4 suitcase weights and two 50 lbs wheel weights and HDAP tires, any storm under 6 or 7 inches I dont need chains and seldom have to use diff lock, once it gets over 8 inches, big difference I start slipping and sliding and constantly have to use diff lock if I dont have my terra grips on. With my Terra grips even 12-15 inches of snow I seldom have to use diff lock. So to answer question, if OP seldom gets over 6 inches at a time. weights will work, if he lives in snow belt-- then get weights AND chains or terra grips - the tractor unquestionably performs better with chains/ terra grips in heavy snow conditions. Of course if you have single stage snow blower you are probably going out to snow blow every 5 or 6 inches

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All I can say to that is Good Luck. Where I'm from and I've been doing this for 23 years, we get plenty of ice and without chains you're not going anywhere. Add 10-12" of snow and your F'd. I plow paths in the yard for the dog and chains with weight is the only way to go.
I have a 200lb cab plus 5x 40lb suitcase weights and chains and I still slip at times. That's 400lbs, that's a lot of weight.
This debate starts to get a little silly every year where no-one seems to believe that you can get decent traction without chains and rarely is there an acknowledgment of different usage needs or weather patterns that may require different equipment. Obviously chains and a ton of weight produce the best traction in near every condition but not without a cost. Chains will, over time, tear up an asphalt drive and mark a concrete drive. Not to mention the joy of installing chains. Have a gravel drive? Buy a set of chains and move on. Have concrete or asphalt and prefer an unmarked look? It's worth thinking twice about chains.

Can you get adequate traction with HDAP or similar tires and a blower? Yes, a few of us, and I don't think we are all making this up, posted that we are more than happy with HDAP or like tires without chains. Keep in mind, the OP asked about a blower, not a plow nor did the OP discuss going off-road which I can't speak to. I've never tried it. I can speak to, as I previously posted, that with my Carlise All-Trails on the rear of my GX345 and a fair amount of weight plus a blower, on concrete. BTW - my GX345 is a 2002 model year, no diff lock.

Not my first rodeo or tractor either and have been doing snow removal for significantly more than 23 years whatever that has to do with it. And yes, I have used chains on my previous tractors and cars.

Also, we deal with very little ice in the Denver area and average 72 inches of snow a year - sometimes less and sometimes much more.
Finally, I misstated that my wheel weights were 75 pounds when they are actually 50 pound weights.
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I think this is subjective- depends on how much snow you get a year-- on avg Evans City, PA only gets 38 inches a year of snow- I'd imagine most of your storms are 6 inches or less?
Bingo!

Albeit I think it has more to do with the surface and amount of ice that you deal with more than the quantity of snow.
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Wow, thanks for all the feedback! Need some time to digest it. Not sure what HDAP tires are. Is it the same as ags? Also I'm in Columbus, Ohio where the snowfall is minimal compared to some of your locations & my driveway is straight & level textured concrete. Sounds like I may be ok with ags & weights for blowing snow & at $125 for both wheels & tires I'm not risking much. Based on the feedback on the white marks on the hood I'm wondering if WD 40 might work.
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