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That is great advice
I've been practicing to be the "Old Bull" for sometime now
Someone said "To be old and wise you must first be young and stupid" I'm getting smarter but not smart
That's A Good one George. Steve
Co- hosting Central Indiana Cub Fest near Tipton Indiana September of 2014
Got them new rims yesterday - hope to get time to stomp on some new tires today!
Well, I went out this morning and got the turf tires mounted on the new rims just fine. A little bit of dish detergent and they popped right onto the rims with just a little bit of persuasion.
Now Jay is jacked up next to the barn and the left rear tire is off him. MAN ARE THOSE WET TIRES HEAVY COMPARED TO DRY ONES!
Problem is, the old bolts don't fit the new saddles! On my old rims, the square head of the bolt goes right inside the saddle and sticks out the other side, left- or right-hand depending on the offset you want.
On the new rims, the saddles are about as tall as the old, but much thinner, and they don't have a plate in the center, just four little "pimples" sticking out inside the saddle. I'm not sure if I need much longer bolts overall, or if I need slightly longer bolts with a very small square head that will still fit inside these pinched saddles?
Talked to Ed Miller over at Miller tire this morning - he says the new rims are totally different than the originals, and that they require a 3" carriage bolt instead of the older square-head bolt. I guess someone should have told me during the ordering process. Oh well...
Off to Home Depot to find 3" x 1/2" carriage bolts!
Got those nice new turf tires on Jay, and he looks pretty good with those new tires and rims on his butt end.
But I gotta say, I've paid one HELL of a penalty in traction. Foremost is probably the weight issue, having switched to dry tires from wet, and secondmost is the tread difference.
On the back side of my property there's some gentle slopes and one pretty good one that was really no problem going down with the ag tires on, (not a comfortable trip up the hill so I only did it once.)
Now that I've slipped and slid down the gentle part of the slope, (tires locked up and tore out the grass with even gentle braking) there's NO WAY I'm going to even attempt going down the other side of the lawn - last thing I need to do is end up side-slipping-flipping or pitching into the crick!
It's mostly the weight. Believe me, with my 280lb butt on the seat, turf tires will walk up, down, and across just about any slope you'd dare run the tractor on My '67's tires aren't loaded, and there is no weight on the back other than me.
Is there any iron on the rear wheels? That might be a consideration.
Once you get some weights on the rear, you will notice a big difference. Ellie has the weights, Granny doesn't at the moment. Big difference in traction. Very noticeable on inclines and when pulling implements.
Sure glad you didn't lose it and get hurt or wet
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