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So I'm kinda hoping I'm opening up Pandora's box here just to get a variety of opinions (but with a clear conclusion :tango_face_wink:). I have a very steep back yard. Turf tires are simply not an option. Gotta be bar lugs, or I risk medical bills! It's been 15 years since I equipped my 812 with ag tires. Anybody out there have a strong opinion about where I should go to get some effective 23x8.50-12 ag tractor tires for my new-to-me 816S?

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So I'm kinda hoping I'm opening up Pandora's box here just to get a variety of opinions (but with a clear conclusion :tango_face_wink:). I have a very steep back yard. Turf tires are simply not an option. Gotta be bar lugs, or I risk medical bills! It's been 15 years since I equipped my 812 with ag tires. Anybody out there have a strong opinion about where I should go to get some effective 23x8.50-12 ag tractor tires for my new-to-me 816S?

Thx!
Neil (jeepagain)
First, be VERY thoughtful about how you approach mowing on a hill. Ask me how I know:

http://www.mytractorforum.com/24-gravely/1024841-guess-what-gravelys-can-roll-over-top-people.html

As for tires, I have gotten up serious hills on my 16G using Carlisle Turf Masters. For a more aggressive tread, look at Carlisle All Trails or XTracs. They're both aggressive, both a great in winter (that's when I use them) and look great on an 816S (I have one so shod).
 

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I run both the Carlisle All Trails and the True Power Ags. In the size you are looking for, All Trails will likely not be an option. Firestone also makes a good Ag tire in the 8.50s. Recommended source for any Carlisle brand would be Summit Racing. For Firestone, probably Miller Tire.

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I'd also add that for garden work (I.e., running the rear tiller) you will like either brand Ag in the 8.50 size.

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In the size you are looking for, All Trails will likely not be an option.

I have All Trails on both the 814, and 816. Although they are 23 x 8.00 (versus 8.50) x 12, they turned out to be VERY close to the original tires. You wouldn't know that they are 8.00s. Great all around tires on turf, in dirt (tilling), and snow, as you know.

Here they are mounted on the 814.
 

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I like a narrower tire for garden work. This is especially true when running the rotary plow on the front of a rider, as I like to keep two tires in a furrow at any given time.

How is the rear tiller setup on a manual lift tractor?

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How is the rear tiller setup on a manual lift tractor?

lol, Not good.., at all. I had to make sure that my left foot was firmly planted on the forward foot rest before lifting it. I had lifted the 38" blower without lift assist for many years, so I thought that lifting the tiller would be similar. I was wrong. It was a heavy lift.

I have converted the 814 over to hydraulic lift since the pic was taken, and have switched to using it with the 816. Not that the 814 can't handle it, but it just seems to make sense to use the 816.
 

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I would do the All Trails myself...softer and more tread contact on the ground.

I would also look at the 10" wide versions, and plan on filling whatever you decide for stability.

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For mowing, I definitely prefer the All Trails in the 10.50. It is not near as bumpy ride, traction is still very good and the cut quality is better with less turf damage. I drag around the 60" deck on hilly terrain with these tires and have little trouble so long as the grass is not wet.

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In the size you are looking for, All Trails will likely not be an option.

I have All Trails on both the 814, and 816. Although they are 23 x 8.00 (versus 8.50) x 12, they turned out to be VERY close to the original tires. You wouldn't know that they are 8.00s. Great all around tires on turf, in dirt (tilling), and snow, as you know.

Here they are mounted on the 814.
I also have both the 8.0 and 10.5 width...I started with the 8.0s and wanted the wider 10.5 for traction and weight. The 8.0 are wider than a normal turf tire...I have 23x9.50x12 on my Jacobsen and the 8.0 All Trails are just as wide.

Keep in mind these are meant to be a UTV tire (read ATV-like balloon tire), so that might explain why they don't match garden tractor sizes exactly.

Which reminds me...I still have to get the All Trails and Carlisle turfs on the Jacobsen.

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