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 12-06-2004, 00:51 Post: 101674
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Last winter we had a record 130" of snow in Anchorage. But we didn't have an ice problem. This winter things started out bad. Warm 40f temps, slushy snow, rain and then dropping temps..and a heavy snowfall. Well, the fresh powder covered the glare ice and things got nasty.

I didn't even need chains last season but now I found my 2210 going where the slopes told it to. I chained back up and then found the front end wanted to just go wherever, depending on the slope. So..what's a guy to do..STUD the fronts. I had a guy put in 108 studs per front tire (3 per bar ((R-1's)) so 6 per bar pair..18 bars). It looks like I've got about 12 studs per tire in ground contact all the time..AND..what a difference! She just goes, steers and stops where I want it. $20 per tire.

You can't chain the fronts but this definitely works.

Mike in Alaska






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 12-06-2004, 07:54 Post: 101689
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Mike, we plowed for many years with Kubota L series CUT's on full turf tires with studs front and back. No chains at all.

Those things are nearly unstoppable like that, and we ran blades that were probably a little too big for the machines, most of them were 7' wide on a 40hp class macine.

My own personal machine, as well as most of the fleet is now on R-1's as required by clients, contracts, and OS&H people. They suck in the snow. My own machine is 7 or 8 hp more than my last one, and has a full cab so I know it's a good 1000 pounds heavier and it wont push the same snow blade anywhere near as well as the old one did.

Of course with a heated cab and stereo I really don't mind if it takes longer either..... Laughing out loud.

Best of luck.






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 12-06-2004, 08:52 Post: 101697
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I like R1's just fine in snow, but the tractor weight, footprint, lug height, inflation, snow thickness, snow type, temperature, etc. all have a hand in how well it works. There's probably a sweet spot of all those factors that determine what tire is best in any given condition. I doubt the best snow tire would ever be an R4 though.






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