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 02-11-2000, 00:00 Post: 12708
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hello I'm looking for tire chains for a 855 JD. I live on steep ground and need chains also would like to know if I could chain front or back tires or both? should I load front and back tires with antifreeze & h2o mix. I'm also looking at a JD bailer 14t will this tractor handle it. Is it a good bailer I don't have a lot of ground to mow and bail but would like to bail about 6 acers of flat land out the road. thanks






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 02-11-2000, 00:00 Post: 12710
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 Chains Front Rear or Both on Steep Drive

Chains - Are you plowing, snowblowing or using a back blade? What type of tires? Chains on the rear should be all you need. I've got a steep drive but have R4 tires and MFWD and a rear blower. I have not found a need for chains.

Loaded tires - If you have a loader you don't want any more weight on the front end - don't load the front tires. $ for $ you cannot beat good old calcium chloride. It also weighs more than antifreeze or windshield washer fluid.






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 02-12-2000, 00:00 Post: 12727
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I thought about chains. Two dealers advised me against front wheel only chains with 4wd--especially on frozen gravel or pavement and with a loader. The idea is that the extra traction on the front only puts a high load on the front end. However, some posters say they've been using front only chains for years without problems. An advantage of front wheel chains, with or without 4wd, is that they improve steering--especially when plowing with an angeled blade.

Haven't had a traction problem yet, although I could have used some more steering yesterday when touching up the drive entrance off the highway. I used the loader bucket instead of the blower. The blower doesn't like the salt slush thrown up by the highway ploys too well. Suppose I would need chains if I was plowing instead of blowing.

Regarding window washer fluid ballast. I read a post that said tire shops won't work on tires filled with window washer fluid. Something to do with environmental law. I don't know where the poster was located.






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 02-12-2000, 00:00 Post: 12736
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On my 17 Hp 4wd Yanmar I run turf tires - no fluid in turfs. Without chains on all 4 tires it would be helpless in the snow. With them it is unstopable. I also use the chains when working on hard sharp surfaces like granite outcrops. It saves the tires a bit.
The 30 HP 4wd Yanmar has good Ag tires all the way around. Cast iron wheel weights and no fluid. I haven't made up any chains for it. It does seem to go OK without chains in a foot of snow (all we have had since I got it) ....although anything goes better with chains than without.
The big 2wd John Deere runs chains on the back tires (only) in the winter. It will work down a slope without the chains, but without chains it cannot plow uphill on the snow and ice. It's tires are Ag type about 1/3 worn with iron wheel weights. I once got it stuck down in a creek when it broke through a snowdrift about 40" deep. I jacked it up, put the chains on the tires, and it drove out without spinning a tire...






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 02-14-2000, 00:00 Post: 12790
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Can't say that our 4100 has a need for chains thus far. But know a few guys who do. They all use chains on front & rear. My understanding is that it places extra strain on the drivetrain, and changes the drive ratio a bit. At any rate, I hear many who use just the front, or just rear and seem ok...So I don't know what to say. Anyway...check out www.tirechain.com






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 02-18-2000, 00:00 Post: 12952
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thank this sould help me






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