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 09-16-2004, 12:34 Post: 96585
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 Turf or R4 tires for snow

I am considering buying a JD2210 with FEL and 3PH snowblower

Which type of tire would be best for snow removal? Would prefer no chains, as I expect 95% of underlying surfaces will be asphalt pavement or cement sidewalks.

My original thought was the R4s would be best, but a couple of people I have talked to said the turfs were better, providing more rubber contact with bare/hardpacked surfaces.

Would appreciate input from others.






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 09-16-2004, 12:51 Post: 96589
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 Turf or R4 tires for snow

Last winter I used turf's with chains on the rear. Worked very well.






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 09-16-2004, 13:15 Post: 96596
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 Turf or R4 tires for snow

I plowed through everything last winter with R4's, without using 4wd most of the time. We live in Michigan and get some serious wet snow at times. The last tractor I owned had turfs, and absolutely needed chains to plow.

I'm sure they will both perform, but the R4s have done better for me. The drive and road I maintain are both gravel.






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 09-16-2004, 13:43 Post: 96599
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 Turf or R4 tires for snow

I plow and use Turf tires without chains in 4WD. The size and weight of a tractor along with blade size makes a difference. My tires do spin at times. I'm clearing several gravel drives. If you use a blower you don't require that much traction and anything should work. With an FEL 4WD is essential.






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 09-16-2004, 14:55 Post: 96606
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 Turf or R4 tires for snow

On my old tractor I had turfs and chains were definitely required especially on wet compacted snow and ice. On my new machine I have R-4's and bought chains for it but was too lazy to put them on last year. It went through just about everything without the chains. I agree with pete though, it depends on the size of the machine. The smaller the machine, the more need for chains.






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 09-16-2004, 21:49 Post: 96648
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 Turf or R4 tires for snow

Last time I checked the 2210 came with either turfs or bar tires, has something changed?

I think the turfs with the extra nooks, crannies and siping would be better on snow and ice. R-4's don't have much in the way of gripping surfaces.






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 09-16-2004, 21:53 Post: 96649
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 Turf or R4 tires for snow

I only have one year of experience to draw from, but last winter in western NY, I used unloaded turfs on my MF GC2300. I used both rear blade and front blower and the turfs did fine. One ice storm, I chained up the rears, but that was all the use they got for the winter.






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 09-16-2004, 21:57 Post: 96650
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 Turf or R4 tires for snow

I lived in Alaska for 14 years and it was not uncommon to pile up 9 feet of snow with my Bobcat which had R4's , but in reality temperature affects how snow reacts to tread types, ie. the colder the better bite is with R4's and if it is wet and slushy the turf's will give more traction!!
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And..... I bet that Bobcat weighed about 8000 pounds!






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I Guess I miss your point! Explain when you have time!
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