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post #1 of 7 Old 02-13-2019, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Driveway is Totally Iced

I live in Mid-Michigan and the storms and weather this year have been historic. Pretty much everyone's drive is 100% iced and that actually includes many yards.

For the first time, my 4016PS struggled with having just filled Ags. For whatever reason, I was able to clear the pad out front and my private driveway. But, when I tried to clear the shared drive I had almost no traction. I was able to turn my tractor by hand after I could not go or turn on the ice. So, I dismounted the tractor turned and got it moving with the travel lever in forward and took my tractor back to the barn.

Luckily I have a 644 with logger style chains on it. I also have 600 lbs in the weight box. This tractor had no problem with the ice. It sure does take longer to push the snow, though.

I ordered some diamond pattern tire chains that are used on vehicles so I can keep the caster in use. I don't see a forecast yet where the ice will go away.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-13-2019, 07:51 PM
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At a certain point rubber becomes useless on ice! When that happens, you've got to use chains.

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I've found that the driveway on the north side of my house becomes a 12'x40' skating rink every winter. Turfs and chains worked well with my 2wd GT loader, and turfs alone work well on my 4wd SCUT loader. Both have loaded tires and 5' back blades for ballast.

The snow avalanches off the steel roof when it turns mild, and packs into a 3' high mound that my heavy blower would just ride up on, even without the skid shoes. The loaders just pick up large chunks that can be carried to my snow dump behind the garage. There's not a whole lot of wheel spin involved with either tractor and steering isn't a problem with 10-15 cu-ft of wet compacted snow in the buckets.


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Re: Driveway is Totally Iced

although sand isnt pretty on the driveway it works!
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Here is what I ended up buying after doing a bit of research. Since I normally do not need chains I will take advantage of the fact that these chains are designed to be taken off and put on easily and without jacking up the tire.

As an added point, Amazon has negotiated what most have been saying is the lowest shipping rates ever. These prices are passed on to sellers on their site. So, with heavy items like these chains and large items such as tires, you will most likely get the lowest prices on the web. I got my car tires in 2 days off of Amazon. And, you can even buy good used tires for ridiculously low prices, sometimes.
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The driveways here are a mess, including mine. I cleared the 600' drive with the blower, but it couldn't get under the ice pack all the way to the ground. Then driving on it filled it with slushy ruts, which have since frozen. Now it is thawing during the day creating wet ice, the very worst thing I can think of to walk on. I'll get out there with some tube sand today, at least the walking will get better.

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Re: Driveway is Totally Iced

I know of a lot of people who have had a slip and fall this winter. I fell yesterday myself and messed up my left knee. My ice is not thick enough to have ruts.

I built my house including the plumbing. I am still kicking myself for not connecting the hot water option to my outdoor hose bib. I can't use my power washer all winter with cold water only. And, my water heater is an instant one, so it is endless hot water. I may have to do some re-plumbing to correct this.
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