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 11-11-2002, 21:48 Post: 44898
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 Going to radial R-4's

Ok, i lost my battle with my slopes this year, and my solution is to throw money at it (the tractor).
In several postings early this year, I addressed my difficulty in mowing sidehills with a JD4700+LPFDR2584 finish mower. Frequently found myself sliding sideways down the hill from the weight of the mower. The stock Titan R-4's in my mind aggravated the problem - I felt the treads had too little biting edges and acted like runners. I tried lowering pressure down to 5psi to make them buna babies sit down and grab dirt, and that didn't make a difference.
And anytime I had the tractor in 2wd, i could depend on sliding while going down even mild angles when heading downhill.
So Mr Goodyear is getting his chance: They have an Industrial model that has more teeth segments in the center of the tread, plus they're Radials (squat down, bigger contact spot). Ag specialist at Mr GY believes this is the answer. They're the same width as the standard R-4, so I won't have to return to Ag's which are too aggressive.
Here's what I got to offer: A slightly used set of 17.5x24 R-4's. Still has most nubs and raised edges on the treads; I Armorall the rubber 3-4x yearly.
I can offer the two R-4's by themselves, or alternatively I will sell the tires on their original rims. That way the buyer can simply remove his Ag or Turf tires plus rims, and keep his wheel dishes on the axle. Gives you the option to use either the R-4's or your old tires, by swapping out the rim/tire (I know it ain't easy, but easier than removing the entire wheel).
I'm in Western Wis, if anyone's interested.
jim






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 11-12-2002, 08:15 Post: 44911
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 Going to radial R-4's

I remember the discussions and hope the tires work out for you.

I seem to be given to loosely connected ideas this morning. I recall some discussion a long while ago. It generally was about the use of mismatched rear tires on a farm tractor and I couldn't understand why such a configuration would be used. Turned out that it was an old way of doing thing to compensate for the tendency of moldboard plows to push a tractor to the side and put more weight on one wheel. I don't know if there might be some relevance of the configuration to heavy mowers on side hills and I wish I could remember the discussion better.

Even if it worked it probably would compromise the tractor for other uses. Maybe somebody else here is more familiar with the idea.






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 11-12-2002, 18:13 Post: 44931
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 Going to radial R-4's

I am not sure this will solve the problem. I had turfs on my old compact and now have turfs on the front and R4 on the rear. The reason I suspect that the r4 may still cause problems is that I had no problem mowing the side hills with the turfs. I now side the back end down the hill on the steepest areas of my property.
If the bars are more like an ag tire I would be worried about tearing turf.






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 11-12-2002, 19:29 Post: 44934
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 Going to radial R-4's

Too bad you can't borrow some mounted turfs for an hour or so. My experience thus far is nothing replaces a lot of rubber on the ground.






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 12-14-2002, 22:18 Post: 46125
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I recommend using clamp on duals. They are available from unverferth and similar rim co.'s. They can custom build if they don't already have them in stock. This will solve the problem. We had a customer the other day do this and it works miracles.






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