Tire Chains

Fri Dec 08, 2006 7:47 pm

just wondering, i'v done a few different things in the past to hold chains on the tires on hte C/Cub and I was just wondering what you guys do to hold the chains on? I have used bungee cords, last year on the cub I kinda tied them on with string, and that worked really well, it kept the chains loose enough so they didn't fall in the tread, today i put the chains on the C and the bungee's seemed to keep them a little too tight, but without them, the chains just ride themselves off...

thanks for any input

Johnny

Fri Dec 08, 2006 8:54 pm

Sounds like they are a little narrow. My chains reach for enough aroud the sides that the side chains prevent them form coming off.

Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:25 pm

The key to chains is getting them as tight as you can. You'll never get them tight enough :)

Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:37 pm

On a car or truck I agree, but my personal experience has been that on my cub with AG tires it works better if they have a little play. they don't falll into and saty in the valleys quite as bad.

Fri Dec 08, 2006 11:22 pm

i use chains off my semi there the same size as my cub with 2 rubber strap crossed keeps them snug. :)

Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:19 am

Two or three rubber tarp straps have always worked for me. As John stated, don't make them so tight they can't move a little on the tire.

Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:22 am

Sodbuster, what size are the tires on your semi? Thanks.

Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:06 pm

Using ladder chains on AG tires I notice the cross links falling into the gaps between the lugs thus nothing is happening with the chains on there's no extra bite. The ladder chains work great on Turf tires. We need duo link chains for AG tires the extra angled cross link keeps the chain on top of the lugs on AG tires.

Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:40 pm

I've never really noticed that the cross chains completely fall in between the lugs. The chains run straight across the tire, while the lugs are at opposing angles. Keep the chains tight, and while they may fall in between on one side, they will lay up over the lug on the other side of the tire.

Sat Dec 09, 2006 8:27 pm

thanks guys, i guess i'll just keep an eye out for the right chains, cause the ones I have for my C and Cub are skinny, but i really don't have the money to go buy a couple of sets :lol: i guess i'll just keep the bungees on...

sodbuster, i got 2 SETS of chains from a TT and that's what I use on my C, they're really nice, nice and really heavy duty 8) but they are still a little skinny for the C but as you said, i bet they would work on the Cub really good

Matt, from my expirence it don't matter about the treads being at opposin angles, the chains just fall inbtewwen anyways.... i guess I just need to find the happy medium between too tight and too loose :P

thanks for your input guys

Johnny

Sat Dec 09, 2006 9:28 pm

Matt Kirsch wrote:I've never really noticed that the cross chains completely fall in between the lugs. The chains run straight across the tire, while the lugs are at opposing angles. Keep the chains tight, and while they may fall in between on one side, they will lay up over the lug on the other side of the tire.
It depends on the tread patter of the AGs Matt. Some are ok, and some are laid out such that the chains will slip into the grovves.

Sat Dec 09, 2006 11:38 pm

don if you need chains go to any truckstop or tire shop they are 24in semi truck tires they sell them in pairs or sometime people throw them away i have about 20 tire chains for my truck and i have never in 16 years of driving put them on a truck.just my cub

Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:18 am

On my jeep with the MET's I would let some air out to put the chains on then pump them back up. I had one set of tire chains that was tighter than the rest. I just put the chains on my cub as tight as possible.

Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:54 am

Matt Kirsch wrote:I've never really noticed that the cross chains completely fall in between the lugs. The chains run straight across the tire, while the lugs are at opposing angles. Keep the chains tight, and while they may fall in between on one side, they will lay up over the lug on the other side of the tire.


This is the best picture I could find showing a set of chains COMPLETELY between the lugs. These chains weren't doing anything at all.

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Nancy came here 7 years ago as an eBay Cub with all new tires and 3 implements. She's worn the sickle mower ever since. The chains, plow, and blade left.

Mon Dec 11, 2006 8:34 pm

thanks for the tip Bill, i'll try that some time

yup George, that's basically what happens with mine, like i spin for a second, and they just all go into the lugs, then they are pain in the neck to get out cause they are so tight :evil:

Johnny