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 06-16-2009, 00:09 Post: 163462
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I am purchasing a new Kubota L3240 fel, bh. I have the option of AG, turf or Industrial tires.

Work will be in woods, field, driveway, and on my lawn or crossing it. I was considering turf tires so I won't leave imprints on my lawn.

Also, I plan to build a stone retaining wall, and plant a few 800-1000 lb rocks. Will the turf tires carry the 1500 lb capacity of the FEL?

The suggestion has been to go with the R4's because:
1) AG's will leave marks all over and are not needed.
2) The turf's puncture easier than the tougher R4's.
3) Better traction with R4's in dirt+woods than turf's.
4) R4's won't leave marks in lawn if the ground is dry.

How about some experienced opinions. TY






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 06-16-2009, 02:41 Post: 163463
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Turfs will carry the weight. Suggestions are correct. And you are right to consider the tread type.

Doesn't sound like you'll need the traction of the ags. Their deeper lugs better protecting against damage is more of a concern on construction sites.

You could get a little garden tractor for not much more than a mower for the Kubota, and save some on-and-off work.
On the other hand, a tractor lasts a long time, and maybe in a few years your heavy projects will be finished and you'll use it mainly for lawn mowing.







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The archives are full of pros and cons a lot of info.

I've had ags and I currently have turfs for the past 6 years. I would only buy turfs for my compacts from now on. I use the compact in the woods I try to go in when drier but if wet I use chains for the day oe 2.

Turfs seem to be the best all around tire. I use the industrials on equipment at work and they have poor traction on any wet soil. The ags work the best except on lawn and snow and ice in the driveway.






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The archives are full of pros and cons a lot of info.I've had ags and I currently have turfs for the past 6 years. I would only buy turfs for my compacts from now on. I use the compact in the woods I try to go in when drier but if wet I use chains for the day oe 2.Turfs seem to be the best all around tire. I use the industrials on equipment at work and they have poor traction on any wet soil. The ags work the best except on lawn and snow and ice in the driveway.



I dumped brand new industrials for ags due to lack of traction in wet or dry clay soil. Since then I have rarely suffered from loss of traction even in snow. But there is no finish lawn here to mark up. Harvey's advice seems right on the money.






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I'll agree with Harvey with this unless you are loaded with thorns. Then I'd say to give the industrial tires a run. It's funny but with snow removal on a paved driveway the turfs beat them all!






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It's easy and cheap to put chains on turfs when needed.






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PsPro;
I won't say too much here, being I sorta torqued off several a couple days ago over the hydro/gear question, so I'll keep it short and sweet. I'll completely agree with all four of the statments in your post.






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PsPro;I won't say too much here, being I sorta torqued off several a couple days ago over the hydro/gear question, so I'll keep it short and sweet. I'll completely agree with all four of the statments in your post.



Frank, I don't think anyone was torqued off at anyone. We all have our preferences.






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I assume it's 4x4? I use R-4's only so I'm going by other posts about turfs.

Auer makes a good point about a small mower versus all that added weight toting around just mowing. And remember that expensive mower loader backhoe has a cost per hour to operate (example: in 1996 dollars my skid steer cost $32 an hour to run). So each hour you are cutting grass cost the same as using the backhoe. I'll take it one step further and add that maybe you could or should just rent a skid steer with forks for the heavy landscape work, and rent a miniexcavator for the digging chores.

Keep in mind even though it's a 'bota, it's not designed or built to be an all around work horse. By that I mean you may end up really damaging the loader bucket simply picking up those 1,000 lb rocks---the cutting edge let alone the bucket itself can't support the weight nad it will end up looking like it's forever smiling at you--not a good thing.

Generally, tires used on CUTs of any size were designed years ago for some other machine--the front tires on my CUT were desigtned to be used on smaller skid steers; the rears were designed to be used on large 2-yard front end loaders.

That said, depending on the size of turfs and their intended ORIGINAL use they may or may not be the "perfect" choice particularly in the front for loader work since the sidewalls may be not as strong and stiff as an R-4 which has thick sidewalls. (I've seen some turfs on the front of a CUT thst were designed as rear tires on a much smaller machine.) The thinner sidewall means the tire could (not saying will) peel off under certain conditions such as turning without moving with a heavy load.

As far as chains on turfs which is a good idea, I'd first check at the delar to verify fitemnt clearances between the tire's sidewall and the inner fender, and anything else such as the 3pt hitch arms. I have very little room with my R-4s so I could never use chains.






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Thanks for all the input.

My work area will have some briars, as well as some cut off sapling stumps. This worries me with the 4 ply turfs. We don't have any clay around here, all sandy loam. The dealer really suggests the R4's.

There is plenty of room for chains with either tire.






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