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 08-20-2003, 17:14 Post: 62256
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I'm getting a 4710 with a front end loader and an MX6 cutter for everything EXCEPT my yard. I will be cutting a 15 acre pasture once or twice a year, and planting/cutting grass filter strips around the upland parts of 73 tillable acres. Eventually I am planning on planting prairies if CRP doesn't go belly-up. I am leaning towards the R1 tire. Our soils are fairly silty....hard when dry and slick when wet.






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 08-20-2003, 17:20 Post: 62258
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Read the "I hate my R4s" thread for all sorts of info on tires. I've posted a link to the thread here, but if that doesn't work click on the thread in the Hot Subjects box on the right of the screen.






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 08-20-2003, 17:22 Post: 62259
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If your main purpose is for field type work you can not go wrong with the R1s.

My old compact had r1s on it and I mowed the lawn with it and saw no damage to yard.

R1s will give you some bite when the grass and/or soil is damp.






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 08-20-2003, 17:23 Post: 62260
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I read what I could but unfortunaly a lot of the messages are cut off. Given my situation where I'm doing light ag maintenance what possible advantage could there be in the R4 tire????






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 08-20-2003, 17:35 Post: 62261
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If you're a paid member your messages should not be cut off. Try clicking "login" at the top of the screen, login again, and see if that refreshes your cookie. If not maybe you need to delete the TractorPoint cookie and try again.

I was told that if I lost traction with R4's on hard, dry soil then the R1's might be even worse because of the smaller contact area. When the R1's sink in and get a good bite they would deliver better traction, but if the soil is too hard for the lugs to dig in the R4's would be better.






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 08-20-2003, 20:15 Post: 62272
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If the turf is that hard that the industrial and ag tires are having trouble getting a grip then the turf tires would give you the most traction.






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 08-20-2003, 20:46 Post: 62280
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hmrholt,

In this case, I would say save your money and go with the R-1 tires. They are standard and give you the most utility and especially so in the situations you describe. As Art said, the R-3 turf tires do have their place, but may not perform as well as the R-1's in other situations.






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 08-21-2003, 09:41 Post: 62312
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Hmrholt,I would go with the R1 Ag tires. They will work excellent for you.

The R1 tires will work well in that silty soil and when it gets wet you will be glad you have them.






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I too say R1's,sounds like you'll have with them beings your going to be using it as a tractor and not a high priced lawn mower.






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R-1's are made to order for damp or wet soils and pasturelands. They are worse than useless on dry loose soils.

Even if you live in an environment that would normally call for R-1 tires, your tractor must be heavy enough to push the cleats into the soil all the way to the body of the tire.

If you can't get the cleats fully engaged, you should entertain the notion of a different tire.






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