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I am thinking about replacing my 16x6.50x8 front turf tires with a set of V61 5 rib tires. I am wondering if there would be enough difference in handling in the garden and mowing to make it worth the extra money. I just put the 4ply turfs on this past summer. Thank you
 

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What are your specific complaints with the turf tires? I own V61s and like them but I have a hard time recommending them considering you just spent $60 or so on new turfs.

Other than looking cool, they will give you somewhat better lateral control, and a little more bite while cornering. They are also a stouter sidewall which is good if you have a bucket/FEL/scoop. You have to be the judge if that's enough to warrant the expense.
 

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I would like more control in the garden with out going to tri ribs. The turfs seem to load up right a way if the garden is a little wet. I was just wondering if the V61 would grip and turn rather than sliding like the turfs do.
 

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If you are talking heavy clay mud, no they won't do much. I can still make my front end plow (slide) in mud.

My tri-ribs will slide if I don't have any additional weight on the front. Maybe that's what you should try first.
 

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I can't speak to the V61's (couldn't justify the price either), but know that tri-ribs were a nite and day difference for me. Turning in loose soil or simply keeping a straight line when pulling a plow have both become dramatically easier vs the Carlisle turfs I was used to on my GT's. My experience is with the narrow front tires though also. The worst tire I've personally experienced in the garden is the 6.8x8 turf. Just seems to slip, slide and push all over. I'm now hoarding narrow front rims to convert future 6.8's to a narrow footprint. MHO =]

Weight should help regardless of the tire, and I have been throwing 46# on the front when tilling, but haven't tried it for plowing yet. I don't get that light feeling in the steering with only a plow on the back.

I've noticed no downside to the narrow tririb on turf or elsewhere...
 

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I have been eyeing the v61's for a long time but the turf's still hold air. My turf's are the worst at snow packing. They don't do any better in the garden. Straight lines are difficult, with the tiller and I have no real control with the tiller down.

Redmule your duetz-allis is a pretty heavy tractor that will help out alot with the v61's.
 
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