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I use my tractor exclusively in the winter for snow removal. last year i had 2 psi in the turf tires, and hung a milk crate full of bricks off the back. those tires bulged, but not to the point of sidewall damage. this year I plan to put the plow on the back and the snowblower on the front, so some weights will be added elsewhere (inboard of the frame underneath where the mower deck would usually live). I am trying to track down some wheel weights, but may make my own out of some brake rotors from a car.

I see some people run atv tires on their tractors. I don't want chains, as i have a gravel driveway, and the less gravel i dig up the better, plus the turf tires are weatherchecked and have slow leaks. I did buy some this winter, but for life of me and a nearby tireshop we could not get the bead to seal. I called another tire shop and they told me that some atv rims don't have a flat lip on the rim, but it's angled to act as a beadlock. I returned those tires and just assumed it wouldn't work for me.

How do you find atv tires that fit? is there a special mark or code on them indicating a standard bead profile? I think if i Had atv tires, and used tubes and liquid filled them i think i'd have no troubles. :thanku:
 

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Hi NSBolens ,

If the funds are there , I highly recommend HDAP's ...

Later,x595
 

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" I don't want chains, as i have a gravel driveway, and the less gravel i dig up the better, plus the turf tires are weatherchecked and have slow leaks. "

I don't agree with that. The ATV tires spinning will probably dig up alot more gravel than chains would. I know I can a lot deeper hole spinning the tires on my ATV than any garden tractor would.
 

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" I don't want chains, as i have a gravel driveway, and the less gravel i dig up the better, plus the turf tires are weatherchecked and have slow leaks. "

I don't agree with that. The ATV tires spinning will probably dig up alot more gravel than chains would. I know I can a lot deeper hole spinning the tires on my ATV than any garden tractor would.
i agree, i think the atv tires would dig more gravel
 

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they would dig when they spin, the turf tires spun, but not as much once i had it loaded down and aired right down. atv tires would be aired down and liquid filled as well. chains however would dig up gravel even when not spinning.

Do you guys have atv tires on your tractors? not all atv tires are aggressive mud tires. I was thinking something like this: http://www.amin.se/mambo/index/comp.../product/088bf770952818e5984a16f8bc8a822b.jpg
 

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I think those might churn up some gravel too..jusrt about ANY aggressive tread pattern will dig holes pretty easily..I hope to put some Dunlop KT869 ATV tires on my Suburban ,but I bet they'll do some excavation too if they spin..they look like a combination of an AG tread on the outer edges and a car snow tire zig-zag tread in the center..

Another thing I want to try is car snow tires with studs,I have a pair of 13" ones on 5 lug trailer rims that'll fit my tractor,I just need to get the center holes enlarged about 1/8"..those might be a better comprimise for you than chains..I dont have much trouble with chains digging up my lawn as long as I have ones with cross links on every 2 side chain links instead of the usual 4 side chain links..having more cross chains closer together seems to lessen the tendency to just dig a hole when the tires spin..

I see your location is Lunenburg..in MA?..if so,my sister lives there too!..:D

P.S. I just hit 3K!..posts that is,not the lottery,unfortunately..:(
 

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with the big void area around the lugs, that looks like a mud tire to me. i don't think i've ever seen an atv tire that was not made to dig, but i may be wrong. i'm not trying to start trouble here, just adding my .02
 

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Add a stright axle on the back 3 point hitch with tires the same size and put belts around them and the drive wheels and inflate the tires. when you need traction just push the hitch in the down position, no more holes
 

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I put mini-quad ATV tires on my rider on the tandems and snow-blower tires on the front.

Here the thread if interested http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=96655

I had a had time getting my tires to seat, I ended up having to use the rubber cement glue for tires to get them to seat properly and even then it was still a little bit of a challenge.

One thing I was considering was just filling them with foam, you can DIY or certain places can do it for you (Bobcat, etc).

With foam you can put as much in as you want to simulate your desired tire pressure. Simulating the tire pressure would be something I would let someone else do, I don't care for some of the ways I have heard to DIY.

I think the price I was quoted to have them done for me was between $7-$15 a tire (but then you never have to worry about a flat).

Hope you can find something that you can make work:goodl:
 

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i put AMS Swampfox atv tires on mine. they only tear up the yard mowing if its wet and your going too fast.

i haven't tried them in the winter yet. i probably going to put chains on them but i'll give them a try without just to see.

they were $119 shipped to my door.
 

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they would dig when they spin, the turf tires spun, but not as much once i had it loaded down and aired right down. atv tires would be aired down and liquid filled as well. chains however would dig up gravel even when not spinning.
I wouldn't agree with that. They might move the gravel more than turf tires but still significantly less than the snow blade would.
 

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I've plowed with a quad and a tractor with turfs and chains. The quad kicked stones all over the place while the tractor did little damage. I realize its not the same quad vs tractor, but I wouldn't switch from turfs and chains to ATV tires.
 
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