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Using chains on a Kubota L3130 Clearance

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jrestill
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2005-12-16          121199


Anyone have experience with chains on L3130, FWD, Hydro? Specifically wondering about clearance issues on front wheels. Running R4s. Thinking about setting up all four wheels with chains from tirechains.com since I occasionally need to deal with icy sidehills. Won't use extensively, but want to make sure I'm always going in the direction I mean to go in when I do have to clear winding and steep 1200-foot gravel drive.

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Art White
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2005-12-16          121205


You would only need a small chain or truck style link. Be sure that the cross chains aren't to long this is where you get into trouble or thru improper installation and they aren't in place. ....

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Maryjh
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2022-05-23          201043


Wondering why I would need chains, icy pavement? With 4WD is not that enough? ....

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chashm
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2022-06-06          201087


You shouldn't have clearance trouble with the fronts - there are no fenders or other things in the way.
On the other hand, there may not be enough room for the chain between the inside of the rear tires and the fender - you should have at least a couple of inches of clearance. The only fix is to put in a spacer unless you're lucky enough to have adjustable rims or axles (not common on modern small tractors).

Chains are almost essential on steep, icy driveways paricularly if you're pushing snow uphill. Until I got chains I had to plow downhill and creep uphill and then take another pass. With chains, no issues. ....

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OldMizer
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2022-06-13          201096


I have heard that chains should only be used on the front tires, unless you are going to be on really soft ground. The reason stated is when in four wheel drive the front tires turn just a tad faster than the rear tires, causing the front tires to pull a little more than the rears. This puts less strain on the drive train as the rear tires are not pushing the front end along. Steering would be better on slippery going as the front tires would bit into the ground better.

My brother-in-law recently put a set of ice chains on the front of his compact Kubota to enhance traction. He mentioned that the smaller front tire chains were much less expensive than the chains for the larger rear tires.

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2022-06-13          201097


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Wondering why I would need chains, icy pavement? With 4WD is not that enough?


I have a moderately steep paved driveway and Chains are defintiely not needed with 4WD and a snow blower front mount. Pushing a plow might be different though. ....

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2022-06-14          201099


I also have a gravel driveway that climbs 300+ ft in 2100 feet. I've had chains on the from for the past 10 years and would not do without them. They make a real difference on ice and have thought about adding some to the rears but that's pricey. Once I get through a winter I forget about adding them to the rear until the next winter.... The rears would certainly help with braking.
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