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    Default Which Chains?

    Hi all,

    I'm about to purchase chains (from tirechain.com) for my L3010 and can't decide between duo-grip or duo-grip with v-bars for added traction. Here in icy southern Vermont it does get a little slimey sometimes. Is simply having chains adequate or is the extra $$$ worth it for v-bars? Whaddaya think?

    Thanks,
    Jon P

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    Default Re: Which Chains?

    Hi,

    I don't know actually...

    But I do know that you will only do it once! Too expensive to repeat the purchase.

    Generally, if I am not sure which way to go in a case like this, I will go the "overkill" route, rather than wish I had later...

    In my case I only had 2 link as the option for my B2910. I lusted for a L3010 when I saw the chain options available for that model. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img] Too late now...I bought the B2910...

    Good luck...in your decision. I am sure others here will give you some great specific advice.

    Bill in Pgh, PA

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    Default Re: Which Chains?

    What is the area u are plowing?
    Gravel, asphalt or ????
    Gravel or dirt or mud get the best u can(V bars).
    Concrete or asphalt go more conservative or
    take chance on marking the surface.

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    Default Re: Which Chains?

    Grande -- I had ordinary chains on my B1750 which worked just fine...until they ran into that slippery Vermont ice! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/shocked.gif[/img] With the L3010 I went with the Norse ice chains and absolutely love them! Under the right conditions Clementine can still slip a bit, but not so much that she gets into trouble. I have the v-bar chains on my ATV, and they do just as well on ice.

    Any of the aggressive chains will damage pavement, however.

    Pete

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    Default Re: Which Chains?

    Gents,

    Thanks for the input. It sounds like V-bars are the right choice for my application. The only pavement I'll ever see will be the in the garage and that I can deal with. The uneven terrain is dirt gravel and often, ice.

    Jon

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    Default Re: Which Chains?

    I'd also go with the V bars as that is what 's on mine. My tires are much smaller diameter and on hard packed surface the V bars can ride pretty rough.
    They will exspecially have an advantage on side slopes.

    Egon

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    Default Re: Which Chains?

    Grande, I just installed Duo-grip chains from Tirechain.com on Saturday. The chains really fit very well, and the amount of difference in traction was quite amazing. I was able to plow up a hill in 2wd, with the diff. locked, that I was having trouble climbing in 4wd, not plowing. I haven't had a chance to try them on ice, yet, but I would think if you have constant, heavy ice, the v-bars would be the only way to go. Oh, I have an L3010 with R4 tires.

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    Default Re: Which Chains?

    Elmo,

    Thanks for the advice. I think I'll do the same. Are you plowing with your tractor? If so, by what method, i.e., bucket, blower, blade, etc.?

    Grande

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    Default Re: Which Chains?

    Grande, I have a Landpride RBT1584- 7 ft. rear blade that I plow with, I use the ft. bucket to pile snow in tight areas. I'm collecting parts to build a variation of the overpriced kubota ft. blade setup for future use.

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