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post #1 of 14 Old 10-27-2019, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Commercial 12 - tire chains?

Over the last couple of years ( winters) I've struggled a bit with the machine bogging down and the wheels losing traction. Usually there's ice underneath the snow. The snow can be up to 14- 18 in deep sometimes, so there's a lot to push / blow.

In this part of the country there aren't many (any?) dealers that can provide chains for the tires.

The tire size is 18-6:50-8

Do the chains affect ( damage?) the tires?

Any suggestions for what chain I ought to get would be appreciated.
I've got about a month or so to get the chains on.
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-27-2019, 11:36 AM
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Re: Commercial 12 - tire chains?

You definitely need chains in snow/ice. They're designed to go over tires, won't hurt 'em a bit.

Try tirechain.com, perhaps https://www.tirechain.com/18x6.50x8.htm

I run a set that I think I got from there, and they work fine.

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+1 for tirechain.com.

Be sure to get 2-link spacing.

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Don't be afraid to get chains that are a little bit too big, you can take links out and modify them to fit if you have to. Just use the black bungee cords to take up the slack in the chains.

The walkbehinds have a lot of performance and power if you can get it to the ground. When I run my snowblower I take the outer wheels off my dual wheel setup, but leave the dual wheel adapters in place for weight. And put chains on the inner tires. The dual wheel adapters just skim the snow a little bit from the 30 inch snowblower.
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Re: Commercial 12 - tire chains?

Chains on a heavy kohler model like that may leave claw marks if used aggressively on asphalt maybe concrete too. They are called that because that is exactly what they look like. On steep walks or drives tractor may still slide on ice so don't assume too much until you've used them for some time.
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Chains on a heavy kohler model like that may leave claw marks if used aggressively on asphalt maybe concrete too. They are called that because that is exactly what they look like. On steep walks or drives tractor may still slide on ice so don't assume too much until you've used them for some time.
Claw marks are my fear with chains. I think these might work even better than steel link chains:

https://www.amazon.com/TerraGrips-Ti...403390&sr=8-14


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post #7 of 14 Old 10-30-2019, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Commercial 12 - tire chains?

I have no paved surfaces, so chains would work better than the rubbers straps, I think.

The ice surface gets slick when the tires start to spin ( i.e. lose traction) so I want the chain to dig into the ice surface to regain traction. I've gotten quite good at preventing the machine from burying itself due to wheel spin.

I appreciate the education I'm getting here. Chains coming up
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Chains work better on turf style tires than ag type. Make sure they are tight. Deflate the tire, Install as tight as you can. Cut off the extra links leaving an extra link or two. Use a plastic zip strip to fasten the extra links. Then inflate the tire. you should be able to find chains on-line or cut down and modify larger chains. You will need a chisel, hammer a couple of large screwdrivers or pry bars, and a vise. Or there are tools made for that. Like someone mentioned, you want 2 link spacing. For those that do not want to tear up the concrete or asphalt, Snow-Hogs work the best.
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I forgot to add that narrow tires work better in snow than wide ones. You might want to go with a 16-6.50x8 tire. They will fit your rims. The early WBs had a narrow rim that used something like a 4.00x 8 tire. They should fit you machine. The dual wheel adapter/wheel weights will also help, but use them without the outer wheel assembly.
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Re: Commercial 12 - tire chains?

Toddnails - I've run into a challenge here.
The price of the chains has now amounted to over $170 by the time shipping, taxes and exchange are factored in.
But I did score some older chains ( 4 link) and for wider tires.
So, given that I am now retired, I figured I ought to learn how to modify the chains to fit the Gravely.
Any tips / experience / pictures would be most appreciated.
I think I could figure it out on my own - but hack - that's what the forum is all about.

Many thanks in any case.

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Re: Commercial 12 - tire chains?

There are a few methods for modifying tire chains. Monkey links can be used to replace broken links. Tire chain pliers for opening/closing non-welded links. A hammer and cold chisel using a vise also works for opening non-welded links. Bolt cutters/Dremel or grinder with cutoff wheel/hacksaw for removing links.

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Claw marks are my fear with chains. I think these might work even better than steel link chains:

https://www.amazon.com/TerraGrips-Ti...403390&sr=8-14

I really like this design adding some studs to the straps would really give some traction,they look like they would be an easier install!
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Toddnails - I've run into a challenge here.
The price of the chains has now amounted to over $170 by the time shipping, taxes and exchange are factored in.
But I did score some older chains ( 4 link) and for wider tires.
So, given that I am now retired, I figured I ought to learn how to modify the chains to fit the Gravely.
Any tips / experience / pictures would be most appreciated.
I think I could figure it out on my own - but hack - that's what the forum is all about.

Many thanks in any case.

miro
Unless they are radically wider, don't worry about that part. As long as they don't get tangled in the axle hub of the tractor, they will work. Just the hole in the middle where the bungie cord goes will be smaller. Of course there are limits, but I would drape them around the tire you have before trying to change the width, which would be a lot of work.
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Re: Commercial 12 - tire chains?

making chains narrower is quite easy,making them wider you need a welder or a lot of quick links$$. I put 18x8.5x8 front tires on the x500 to help carry the front end through deep snow and they work good but the extra width reduces traction. the tires are so wide chains hit the spindle boots so I'm looking for a setup that runs a chain or strap that barely comes over the tire sidewall,they need to be very tight to stay in place. I was thinking about using an industrial steel banding ratchet and clips like you see on crates to hold the chains in place on the inner sidewall where there's no space! steel cable would work better but I don't know anybody with the tool!
after seeing the terra grip design replacing the chains with cable and having the belts just wide enough to fit over the side wall might be a project I'll work on! now to find a cable tensioner!
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