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Need More Traction

Mike Paulsen

LawnSite Member
Location
Idaho
Demoed a snowblower for my 20hr Walker a couple years back. Blew snow really well but had trouble with traction on some of my steeper driveways.Put atv tires on and it helped but didn't cure the problem. Any ideas?? Maybe a spray to make the tires more stick? No chains.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
The Bar type tires work the best in snow. I have a set on my 430 John Deere and with some added weight, you can't stop it. I can even back up hills with it in deep slushy snow, if needed. When I first got this unit 10 years ago, I put chains on turf tires and I couldn't get up my driveway on a 70 degree day. I went and got the bar tires and haven't had any problems at all. Do you have a cab on yours? I built one for my JD and it's warm as toast in there. If you want to see it, click on my signiture below and it's on my equipment page.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
If you looked at my equipment page, you can see the tires on the JD, especially in the upper left corner. You can see the left rear tire through the aerator in that picture. Even the tires on my Choppers are a sort of bar tire, called Boss II's, but the tire on the JD is just like a farm tractor tire, except a lot smaller. :)
 
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Mike Paulsen

LawnSite Member
Location
Idaho
Thanks Eric. Looked at your page the first time before my second post but didn't notice it by your aerator. Computor screen to small to see tread design on tractor (should have bought a 19 inch ). No I don't have a cab on the walker because I wasn't happy with traction so I didn't buy the snowblower. Now with the increase in accounts I thought about taking one more run at it.
Thanks again
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
I have moved frozen snow piles with that JD and 54" plow that I was told, "No way can you move that much snow", but did it with no problems. I am very impressed with the traction it has. It also has traction lock, so if I get 1 wheel on slick stuff and one on dry, it has no problem.

I also have a 48" 2 stage blower for it, so if we get snow drifts to deep for the truck, I throw the blower on and make a pass through the deep drifts. I keep the blower in the back of the truck for added weight, so I always have it with me. It mounts on the same mount the plow is mounted to. It also has a hydro motor to turn the chute with, but we use the plow most of the time. I use it for cleaning out next to the garage doors and other small areas. Works great. :)
 

landscaper3

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Southern, Maine
We put about 250lbs of salt in the GHS bagger (still bagged in case you were wandering) and they do make chains but not sure on the all terrain tires that we also use. You can also take the GHS bagger off and buy the pickup bed to use weight in also.
 

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Location
Chicago, IL USA
Chains will mess up driveways when they spin. I wouldn't advise them at all.
 

Chuck Smith

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Nutley, NJ
They are very similar to what I know as "rice and cane" tires. Here's a picture to give you all a better view of the style Eric is talking about.


<img src="http://www.snowplowing-contractors.com/images/w_horsetires.jpg">

These happen to have chains on them too. Not so much for snow, but for better traction in dirt when using the dirt blade on the front of this tiny tractor.

~Chuck
 
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