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Old 12-27-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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cant get traction in snow with riding tractor

So those who get snow I just got a Craftsman riding mower & a snow plow attachment but I cant get any traction & Im about to heave it into the woods.I used chains but no help.I have one of those suitcase weights but havent installed it yet.Will it help me that much?And I mean I cant get any traction.I can make it maybe 3 feet.And no I am not installing a locker & duratracs.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:06 PM   #2
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ya need a set of tire chains for it and add the weight to the back
or wheel weights
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:15 AM   #3
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I have the chains just no weights
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:38 AM   #4
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get more weight and be sure the chains are tight on the wheels
jack up tractor let all air out of tires put chains on as tight as possible then put 10-12 psi back into tire to tighten up chains
most john deere lawn and garden tractors use at least 3 suit case weights each weighs 45 lbs and some even use wheel weights that bolt to the rims they usually weight 50lbs a piece or so
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Wait. We are on a jeep website. And we are talking about removing snow. I thought our jeeps were 4 wheel drive for a reason? Just drive over it!
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Wait. We are on a jeep website. And we are talking about removing snow. I thought our jeeps were 4 wheel drive for a reason? Just drive over it!
Umm you're in the "off-topic" section for a reason.
From what I understand, the wheel weights are better than the suitcase weights.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:39 PM   #7
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Wait. We are on a jeep website. And we are talking about removing snow. I thought our jeeps were 4 wheel drive for a reason? Just drive over it!
But my wifes vehicle isnt
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Umm you're in the "off-topic" section for a reason.
From what I understand, the wheel weights are better than the suitcase weights.
Just ordered the wheel weights & I have the suitcase weight just in case.Man I hope this works.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:41 PM   #9
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get more weight and be sure the chains are tight on the wheels
jack up tractor let all air out of tires put chains on as tight as possible then put 10-12 psi back into tire to tighten up chains
most john deere lawn and garden tractors use at least 3 suit case weights each weighs 45 lbs and some even use wheel weights that bolt to the rims they usually weight 50lbs a piece or so
Thats a pretty slick idea to get the chains tight.Thanks
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:46 PM   #10
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So those who get snow I just got a Craftsman riding mower & a snow plow attachment but I cant get any traction & Im about to heave it into the woods.I used chains but no help.I have one of those suitcase weights but havent installed it yet.Will it help me that much?And I mean I cant get any traction.I can make it maybe 3 feet.And no I am not installing a locker & duratracs.
Craftsman is a lightweight mower, you do need to weigh it down to give yourself a chance. Weights work wonders
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:48 PM   #11
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Craftsman is a lightweight mower, you do need to weigh it down to give yourself a chance. Weights work wonders
Ill really be shocked if it works.I seriously got out of the garage a couple feet and it just stopped! But you are correct.It is pretty light.Whats the average amount of weight needed? Is more better?
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Ill really be shocked if it works.I seriously got out of the garage a couple feet and it just stopped! But you are correct.It is pretty light.Whats the average amount of weight needed? Is more better?
The more the better, up to what the mower can tolerate. I assume you have an LT with the smaller tires, which is challenging when trying to use that mower to move any amounts of snow. I wouldnt let the snow build up more than four inches before you plow
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Well I got more weight & it seems to help a lot.I was actually able to do my driveway.I think a lot of the problem was that it was ice under the snow because I let it go for a while & it got driven on a bunch.I chopped the ice & was able to start pushing it.Ive got a little more weight coming so that should help even more.Thanks a bunch for the help.I would have bet that weight wouldent solve my issue.Good thing I dont bet!
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Check some of the tire dealers in your area, especially if they sell agriculture/tractor tires. See if they do chloride for tractor tires. ( or who in the area does)Basically it’s salt water in your rear tires, many farm tractors are weighted this way, you can get the extra weight you need along with your wheel mounted weights.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:41 PM   #16
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Check some of the tire dealers in your area, especially if they sell agriculture/tractor tires. See if they do chloride for tractor tires. ( or who in the area does)Basically itís salt water in your rear tires, many farm tractors are weighted this way, you can get the extra weight you need along with your wheel mounted weights.
Wow,good to know.
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Check some of the tire dealers in your area, especially if they sell agriculture/tractor tires. See if they do chloride for tractor tires. ( or who in the area does)Basically itís salt water in your rear tires, many farm tractors are weighted this way, you can get the extra weight you need along with your wheel mounted weights.
Some tire dealers have switched to a fluid that is closer to windshield washer fluid. That way you avoid the corrosion problems that are associated with calcium chloride.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:11 AM   #18
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can't recommend the wheel weights and good chains enough!

I bought a john deere 214 with the A37 snow thrower from my mother in law, came with wheel weights and chains. Without the weight I couldn't get anymore, with weights and chains I can literally drive that tractor anywhere, biggest thing for me was that the snow thrower attachment is extremely heavy on the front of the tractor thus taking more weight off of the drive wheels in the rear.

For what it's worth I've got a bottle jack that I use under the hitch attachment to raise the rear of the tractor and put the chains on both sides without having to roll it back and forth.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #19
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I did eventually get wheel weights,suitcase weights & chains.It works great now.Also not waiting until there is a foot of snow on the ground is helpful.Thanks for all the help.
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I know this won't help you as much since you have a blow and not a thrower, but I've found that heavy or 'wet' snow will tend to clog up in the chute (mine is only a single stage setup). To account for this I've got a block of beeswax that I run over the entire interior of the chute where the snow would tend to get stuck, haven't seen any issues since!
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