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post #1 of 30 Old 07-10-2019, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy lug tires on ice

My Gt52XLSi does a great job of plowing snow, except when it decides it doesn't want to steer. I just installed a set of Snow Hogs hoping this will help. They look so nice I was thinking of putting lugs on the back, instead of the chains I run year around, until I heard lugs are totally useless on a blacktopped icy driveway. Anyone have any experience with this? I really don't want to run lugs and chains.
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post #2 of 30 Old 07-10-2019, 01:48 PM
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Re: lug tires on ice

AG lugs such as what you find on a full size tractor are the ones that dont work on snow/ice... but ATV lug tires work rather well.
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Thanks! I'm considering buying a cheapy set from Walmart b/4 winter. Aarpy
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Re: lug tires on ice

You can usually find some nice used ATV lugs pretty cheap, folks often swap out the tires on brand new quads and sell their take-offs, some Ive bought as cheap as $20 per tire, most Ive ever paid is $100 for two brand new Kenda Bearclaws, recently bought a set 4 Carlisle Badlands XTR radials for $120 and put them on both my MTDs.
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Nice!!!!!! They don't look like the standard lug tire that I'm use to. Aarpy
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Re: lug tires on ice

Well if you mean standard lug as in an AG tractor tire... no, but those dont work well in the winter even on farm tractors... ATV tires dont come in that pattern and are made with a softer rubber.
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DURO Red Eagles on the Columbia pushing a 54" snowplow... Kenda Bearclaws on the Ford with FEL.... both have some extra rear ballast but neither have chains....
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The Ford came with these AG lugs which are great in dirt but they were completely useless in the winter so I swapped them out for the Bearclaws....
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Yep, those lugs on the bottom is what I was going to buy..won't now...thanks! Aren't many choices, snow/mud wise, for 23x10.5x12 tires. I mow with the Husky, too, so I can't run different size tires without changing them. Aarpy
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You saved me some money..much appreciated. aarpy
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Ya you dont want those AG lugs in the winter... but... if you put a differant size tire on the rear, say 2" larger, then you can add 2" to the front tires aswell so that the tractor is still level.... or... in many cases you can adjust the deck so that it sits level regardless of what tires you have. Plus since the ATV tires run lower air pressure than a turf or AG they dont actually lift the tractor by the full differance in tire size... a 25" ATV tire will actually only lift the rear of the tractor about 1/2" which is not significant enough to to notice in the finished cut. Ive tried it on many tractors and many brands of tractors... a 2" taller ATV rear tire has no noticable affect other than that you can now drive it in the winter.
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I'm not really worried about the tractor being level (the snow hogs dropped the front by about 1/4" according to the deck) but the back tires are only about 2" from the deck. Figuring a 25" tire would still give me 1" clearance I'd only need to be concerned about mounting and un-mounting the deck. It's a 52" fab deck and a bear to move around.(Dropping the front of the deck actually made it mow nicer, even though it's lower in the front than recommended.) How wide of a tire do I dare use to replace those that came with it? Aarpy
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Re: lug tires on ice

Those bearclaws look great. I would love to get a pair of those for my JD300 that I only use for tilling and plowing snow. I have calcium fill V-treads on it now and run chains in the winter. They work ok but still spin on the driveway without ice and just snow. If there is ice they work great. I have a 6* slope so it can be a bugger at times.

I'd love to get a set of the bearclaws for the JD332 also just for mowing since I have a slopped yard.

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If I can run 23x10s I have a better selection to choose from(obviously I know squat about tires). I see a tire named Swamp Fox that looks promising, would you guys recommend Bear Claws for mowing and plowing? I'm running 55lb weights on the tires and have the locking differential.
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Re: lug tires on ice

I think the softer rubber compound is what helps the most on the ATV tires in cold weather..and the low pressure,you can run them down to very low PSI ..
Also,2 ply tires seem to give better traction than stiffer 4 or 6 ply tires too..
Loading them with liquid ballast really helps too..


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