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I am considering getting a box blade for my Husqvarna garden tractor. Should I run the stock tires and get wheel weights and chains or should I just buy some AGs and see if I need to get wheel weights? Anyone running AGs without weights?

I am primarly going to use the box blade to level soil that I previously dumped and for turning over my mulching piles.

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you are going to get a lot of opinions on this one. I have no AG experience but do run chains.

No trouble what ever season it is.
 

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This shouldn't be that hard of a decision. If you are working on hard ground, then the stock tires with chains will give you excellent bite and adding the wheel weights will increase that bite. However, if you are working in soft ground or muddy conditions, then the Ags win out because the large bars will penetrate and provide more traction than you will ever get from a chain.

Loading the Ags and/or adding wheel weights help increase the ability of the Ags to do their job.

But even the best Ags become useless if the tractor has no ground clearance when working in really soft ground. If the tractor hangs up on the ground beneath it, the tires will just spin no matter what tire, chains or weights you have on.
 

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My cub 70 has ag's no weight. My snapper rer is stock tires with chains no wheel weights but weights hung off the back of of the mower. Cub runs a blade and the snapper a snow blower. The tires on the cub will fill up and slip. The snapper just keeps going. If you use the mower to mow as well I'd just go weights and chains. Should do you just fine. The snapper is almost unstoppable. I'm in the process of looking for weights for the cub and trying to find some old car chains to turn into chains for the cub.

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This shouldn't be that hard of a decision. If you are working on hard ground, then the stock tires with chains will give you excellent bite and adding the wheel weights will increase that bite. However, if you are working in soft ground or muddy conditions, then the Ags win out because the large bars will penetrate and provide more traction than you will ever get from a chain.

Loading the Ags and/or adding wheel weights help increase the ability of the Ags to do their job.

But even the best Ags become useless if the tractor has no ground clearance when working in really soft ground. If the tractor hangs up on the ground beneath it, the tires will just spin no matter what tire, chains or weights you have on.
i couldn't agree more
 

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The other thing to consider is whether or not you mow with this tractor? AG lugs will be detrimental to your lawn.

if you don't use it on a lawn, then I say go the cheep route for now, get the chains, load the tires with fluid, and if you need more, get the ag lugs.
 

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Having tried both routes I'll post my opinion. It doesn't matter what I'm going thru. Deep mud, water and mud, wet grass, steep hills etc. Chains and wheel weights give me better traction than ag's with no weight or chains every time. The ag's look cooler. But if you want max traction put on a good set of automotive vbar ice chains, and wheel weights. Can't beat it for go anywhere traction.

Even in the deep soupy mud the turfs, chains and weights win out. The reason is simple. The ag's dig thru, and the tractor bottoms out, high centers, and the rear wheels are off the ground. The turfs and chains tend to float a little more, getting me thru the muck. In the snow, no contest. Turfs and chains with weights rarely spin.

The only thing I find ag's better for, is exactly what they are designed for. Working feilds. In soft, fresh turned dirt, pulling a turnplow, the ag's are superior. But then , thats what they are meant to do.
 

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The other thing to consider is whether or not you mow with this tractor? AG lugs will be detrimental to your lawn.

if you don't use it on a lawn, then I say go the cheep route for now, get the chains, load the tires with fluid, and if you need more, get the ag lugs.
I don't find ag's any more of an issue on a lawn than a good set of chains. Both will tear up lawn here and there.
 

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The other thing to consider is whether or not you mow with this tractor? AG lugs will be detrimental to your lawn.

if you don't use it on a lawn, then I say go the cheep route for now, get the chains, load the tires with fluid, and if you need more, get the ag lugs.
Prior to our X500 arriving 1 month ago, for 24 years we cut our lawn with our old Ariens HT 16 GT with ags on it, never hurt our lawn.
 

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well I for one will never use ag's on my lawn again, just speaking from personal experience. maybe it's our soil here, we have really wet ground, and i'm next to a creek. our soil is so moist here I've never watered the lawn - don't need to.

maybe I should adjust my statement to read "ag's CAN be detrimental to your lawn"
 

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I bought the box scraper and took it out for a spin tonight. Just with the stock tires and no chains I was easily able to pull around piles of dirt that I piled up a year or so ago. It worked really well with little to no slipping. I will see how I do in the compost pile tomorrow.

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I prefer the Ag's over the chains as I don't like taking chains on/off, Keeping them tight, listen to them clanging around and rougher ride. I've never found anything I can't do with AG's & weights compared to chains & weights. Good luck with what ever way you decide to go. slkpk
 

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I bought the box scraper and took it out for a spin tonight. Just with the stock tires and no chains I was easily able to pull around piles of dirt that I piled up a year or so ago. It worked really well with little to no slipping. I will see how I do in the compost pile tomorrow.

Chris
Chris, what box scraper did you buy and where did you find it in Mass?
 

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Chris, what box scraper did you buy and where did you find it in Mass?
Sears had a sale last weekend so I ordered the box scraper (Agri-Fab) and sleeve hitch from them. The scraper was $199 plus I got 8% bing cashback. I was using the box scraper this morning to move some dirt around and I am very impressed, it is pretty heavy duty.

Chris
 
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