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 03-11-2000, 00:00 Post: 13663
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 Turf vs. Ag Tires

I'm about to order a TC33D from my local NH dealer and I'm still perplexed about what sort of tires I need on it. I have about 2 acres of lawn (slightly hilly) to mow and 20 acres of horse pasture (very hilly) to bush hog. I'm leaning towards turf tires but am worried they won't provide good grip when cutting the pasture. On the other hand, if I get Ag. tires I'm worried they will tear up my lawn. Any suggestions?






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 03-11-2000, 00:00 Post: 13665
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Rick: ag-tires will leave cleat marks(tracks) in your lawn especially when soft and turning. If you are not planning to do much work in loose dirt or a lot of loader work turfs will work fine, but if you will be working in all those conditions indutrial tires are a good in between tread to go with.






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 03-11-2000, 00:00 Post: 13668
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i've never had a problem on my 1530 with turf tires.it's pulled a box blade,gill,brillion seeder,dick,etc. and has always had plenty of traction.i plowed snow for the last two years with it.remember,you got 4wd.good luck






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 03-11-2000, 00:00 Post: 13672
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Get some industrial (R4) tires. They provide excellent traction, don't tear up the lawn, and are tougher and thicker than either turfs or AG tires. I you ever want a loader, the stiffer sidewalls of the R4's is highly recommended. Only negative for R4's is that the ride will be stiffer and less soft. See some of the recent posts on this subject. There has been a lot of discussion on this during the past few weeks






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 03-11-2000, 00:00 Post: 13673
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I mow a 7 acre formal lawn, bush-hogged countless acres of hilly pastures and weeds as high as 9 feet, done a lot of loader work, and tons of other acreage type chores on my turf tires. Last week I went up a hill that was too steep to stand on and the machine climbed right up. I know that the R-4 will leave a indention in the lawn when you mow. I let my dealer talk me into some R-4's with the stipulation that if I didn't like them he'd get me turfs. I went back to turfs after the first time I mowed and left tire ridges all over the lawn. just my 2 cents.






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 03-12-2000, 00:00 Post: 13681
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I'm with Turfman,unless your pasture has a lot of sprouts,or you have some big sapplings to mow over with the bush-hog,I would also go with the turf tires.They will provide plenty of traction,and will let your tractor "ride" a great deal easier.Something you will appreciate after spending most of the day mowing your pasture.






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 03-12-2000, 00:00 Post: 13691
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My vote is for the R4 tires. I have a Boomer TC29D with R4 tires and the only time they mark my lawn is when a)I turn to sharp, b) drive to fast, and c) when backing in tight areas. I don't need to do any of these things when mowing my 3.5 acres. When I bushhog or do loader work I feel much better having the R4s. I have a lot of stubble, thorns & thick brush in my field. I wouldn't trade my R4's for anything.
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 03-13-2000, 00:00 Post: 13699
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We have "Pillow Block" (Bridgestone) Turfs on the whole fleet here, we us them for loader work as well as the usual tractor chores, including bush-hog work. On dry ground the turfs give us every bit as much traction as R4's or even R1's, but without the damage. Anyone who says that R4's do not mark their turf is either a little far-sighted, or has ground as hard as concrete below the grass... We regularly climb hills so steep they are difficult to walk up with our equipment, no slipping or spinning as long as the grass is dry.






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 03-13-2000, 00:00 Post: 13701
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Hey Ted, I'm not far-sighted, nor do I have "ground as hard as concrete below the grass", But! I do make a habit of only mowing the ol lawn when the ground is dry! Just takes a little skill. If all you have is turf tires how do you know R4's are so damaging?
I've seen turf tires in mud fill up the treads and act as slick tires. Very little traction. But hey, to each own.

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 03-13-2000, 00:00 Post: 13703
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Donald, I know these things 'cause in the 15= yrs. I've run this company (golf course construction & landscaping) I've probably owned more machines with every combinations of equip. and tires, etc, than the average person would believe..
Besides we don't have the luxury of cutting ONLY when 'the ol lawn is dry', we cut 7 days a week, dawn till dusk, regardless of weather. As for mud, I build golf courses, not chew them back up, you cannot take ANY equipment over ground that soft and expect any machine to do less than chew it up........






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