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Postby ChickenWing » Mon Dec 27, 2004 10:37 am

Take a look on eBay for chains too. I picked up a brand new pair very inexpensive. They work well. I plowed about 8" the other day with just the chains, no weights. The engine would overheat before it would stop pushing. No slip hardly at all. I also found that going faster helped with throwing the snow off the blade. It was easier to go fast. You have momentum on your side.


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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:17 am

ChickenWing wrote: I also found that going faster helped with throwing the snow off the blade. It was easier to go fast. You have momentum on your side.
Until you hit something that doesn't move (frozen in rock) on the end of the blade and the spring doesn't trip. You'd be amazed how far you can wrap around the steering wheel.
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Postby Carm » Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:23 am

John, are you a man of experience?

Back to the slippery blade: Never thought about the nonskid properties BD, but if you then oiled the liner stuff, then maybe..... Or just paint and wax the darned thing :D
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Postby spaceghost » Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:47 am

I cancelled my tire chain order from tirechain.com. They are very nice people to work with. I just talked to TM tractor; I am going to buy the correct tires and some wheel weights. He is looking in the back yard for what I need. tonight I paint the blade.
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Postby Ron L » Mon Dec 27, 2004 12:21 pm

spaceghost wrote: tonight I paint the blade.


Are you going to use that "Slip-Plate" from Tractor Supply Co. the guys were talking about? Next time I visit them, think I'll get some...........
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Postby ChickenWing » Mon Dec 27, 2004 2:01 pm

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote: Until you hit something that doesn't move (frozen in rock) on the end of the blade and the spring doesn't trip. You'd be amazed how far you can wrap around the steering wheel.


Ok, but I dont have many things frozen in rock or immovable in my driveway.
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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Dec 27, 2004 4:46 pm

Carm wrote:John, are you a man of experience?
Yup, hit a frozen rock at about 2/3 throttle in 3rd gear. cub stopped in about 2 inches. I took about a foot to stop. that steering wheel with spinner knob leaves a mark! Image
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Postby Bigdog » Mon Dec 27, 2004 4:49 pm

spaceghost wrote:I do have a pair of number series turf tires on my 58 lo-boy.
I wish I had the correct size turf tires. Will the rear wheel weights from a non number cub fit on a number series lo-boy tire?


I would love to see a picture of that set-up.
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Postby danovercash » Mon Dec 27, 2004 7:21 pm

When I worked for the school system we used spray teflon on blades and shovels, worked great! Think it came from "Curtis", the key people. Be careful with that high speed plowing. I broke a ford rear blade in half at the pivot point twice catching a cleanout plug in the parking lot with a 2110 / turf tires and no ballast.
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Postby Scott » Mon Dec 27, 2004 9:19 pm

I live very close to you. I had the same storm and used my father IH 444 to plow worked very well. a lot better than a shovel last year :D
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Postby John Niekamp » Tue Dec 28, 2004 11:52 pm

Stupid question here,

Does the chains help THAT much? I can't remember what size is on mine, but they are a little taller than the originals were and the new one are AG tires made by Titan. I ordered what ever size the tire shop told me was available to them and Titan made the ribbed tires for the front and ones that closley matched the originals for the back only about and inch taller.

About what does these chains cost for my 55 LoBoy? I was looking at http://tirechain.com that BigDog listed on the first page here. WOW! every kind of chain for anything, even tire chains for yer shoes. :D

Maybe someone could list what these sizes are, I could go and look at mine, but the tractor is buried under a bunch of junk. Take me a weekend to clear it all out. Don't even have a blade yet, but getting everything in line for next winter.

ALSO, forgot, I don't have any weight and the tires are not filled.

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Using wax..

Postby SundaySailor » Wed Dec 29, 2004 6:47 am

I've used wax on the luff of mainsails before, and you wouldn't believe how easy it made it to hoist a mainsail. Seems like I bought Gulfwax in a box for a couple of bucks in a grocery store or old timey hardware store. That box had four or five blocks of paraffin wax. That one box lasted me years and years. Good investment I'd say.

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Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:41 am

jniekamp, yes the chains do help that much. Your tires maybe 9.5 x 24 but you need to look to be sure before you order them. Tirechains.com has by far the best price I have come up with. I ordered a set of their boot chains, but haven't come yet. An artificial hip is easy to dislocate and you have to go to the hospital to get it put back, so You try to avoid things like slipping on the ice or snow.
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Postby beaconlight » Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:50 am

I heat my snow shovels in the wood burning stove and then rub a block of canning wax on them. That way the snow doesn't stick. I learned this from my grand father using a coal furnace 60 years ago. A waxing is good for 2 or 3 years as long as you don't use that shovel for anything else.
I realise it would take more heat for a plow but any lubrication should work.

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Dislocated hip???

Postby SundaySailor » Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:53 am

John, that's gotta hurt! :( Good luck with that!

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