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  1. #11
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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains

    Chains won't hurt asphalt unless you spin. Even that just takes the coating off.

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    Veteran Member PHILIP8N's Avatar
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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff F. View Post
    Do your tire chains damage your asphalt at all? That was one of the biggest reasons I never tried chains.
    They do leave their mark, so if you are peticular about how black your asphalt is, be cautious. Philip.
    Kubota L3940HST-1 2009
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    Woods RD7200 finish mower, Land Pride RCR1272 rotary cutter, Bearcat CH5540 5" chipper, L8170 ballast box, 6' Woods pulverizer, 6' Dragon box scrapper with hydraulic rippers, 14" 2 bottom plow, sub-soiler, post hole auger, 3 point pallet forks, 30" rear scoop, 7' Land Pride RB1584 rear blade, 3 point boom pole

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    Silver Member George the Beagle's Avatar
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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains

    My previous plow vehicle, a Farmall Cub with ags, was useless without chains. With chains, however, it morphed into a real snow demon. The BX was very impressive without them, although as a previous poster stated, it is only the first storm.

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    Silver Member freddyr's Avatar
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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains

    I had chains on rear of my bx2660 with rear snow blower but took them off to see if it would still work and i was amazed at how good it worked with out chains. I have loaded turf tires. Turf tires work best in snow. Now i ant to get a plow for the front for those pesky 3" snows. Than i can do the 1/2 mile road quickley!

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    I use fel and back blade with my Bx2660 with r4 tires on asphalt drive with good slope and have not had any troubles. I do have chains but have yet to use them.

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    Silver Member Jeff F.'s Avatar
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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains

    Thanks for the info on chains/asphalt. And yes I am particular on how it looks, the misses is even worse. So I will keep going with out chains and stay away from the ditches.

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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains


    This is what I use with unfilled AG tires.
    Works fine in 4 WD.

    Quote Originally Posted by George the Beagle View Post
    1*Just as I was putting the tractor back in the garage I noticed....that I hadn't even had it in 4wd!
    1*You need to keep it in 4wd on any slope because even on a slight slope you don't have any front wheel breaking in 2wd.
    A slck surface in 2wd is even worse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff F. View Post
    2*I normally do most of my plowing in 2 wheel drive and try to save the four wheel if I really need it. If we get a storm of 8+ inches then i use the four wheel drive for the entire plowing.
    2*You need to keep it in 4wd on any slope because even on a slight slope you don't have any front wheel breaking in 2wd.
    A slck surface in 2wd is even worse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Don87 View Post
    I use chains, cause I don't want to be the next fatality in my driveway.
    3*the first fatality was not due to ice).
    3*I hope the first fatality was not a freind or relative.
    Tractors 2003 Kubota BX1500 / 2004 Kubota Bx23 / 2005 Kubota BX1500.
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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains

    I have chains for my BX24 but have not needed them. And we got 85" of snow last winter. and I only have turf tires installed. What I do think is necessary is my weight bucket on my 3pt hitch. I have the kubota counter balance with about 400# of gravel in it. Never been stuck yet.
    Minotbob
    2008 BX24, FEL, BH, 60" MMM, 50" Snowblower

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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains

    IMO you have to be on a steep grade to worry about putting chains on a 4 wheel drive. But i once tried to snowblow without my FEL on and the front did want to slide.

    But if i lived in the mtns of Vt chances are I'd have a set. My tractor came with a set. **** nice ice chains, but the fenders are close and couldn't run out in the open road without rubbing on fenders.

    I do like the sheet metal screws in the lugs.
    TN75D, w/cab, FEL, BH
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    Default Re: First use of snowblower w/o chains

    Quote Originally Posted by AJRAPTOR View Post
    we got a b26 with a 54" blower on the back but no ice chains here just a few small hex head sheet metal screws in the r4 tire lugs made a huge difference both in the wet slick packed in ice like snow and on the ice

    This may be a dumb question, but what's the downside of doing this? Reduced tire life?
    I'm not worried about my driveway, just worried about messing up dang expensive tires
    j
    L3400 HST, LA 463 FEL, 6' Woods blade, 65" Woods box blade, 60" Meteor blower, CCM top & side links, 2 extra rear remotes waiting for a use and a big, fuzzy hat

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