Garage Sale Tire Chains

Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:52 pm

Yesterday I scored 2 brand new sets of tractor tire chains that have never been on the ground. I pulled one of the chains from the bag that it was in and it looked perfect for a Cub tractor so naturally I jumped had to take them home with me. Today I hung the a chain over a wheel on my Cub and the width was perfect but the length was probably about a foot short from fitting the 24" Cub tires. The bag that one of the sets was in was marked 8" x 19.5". These chains could be easily extended to work on a Cub but if I needed another set of tire chains for a Cub I have a set hanging on the barn.

So my question, what tractor might use 8" x 19.5" tires? The guy selling the chains had a Allis Chalmers B he used for mowing. From what I gathered, he was selling some stuff left by the previous owner of their home. I assumed the B with the belly mower came with the house. Surely the B has larger tires then the Cub. What say you? Oh, did I ever tell you I love garage sales??

Re: Garage Sale Tire Chains

Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:40 pm

Ricky, that seems like an odd size for a farm tractor tire (19.5") ! As I remember the class A motor homes from the 70's used a rim size of 19.5 " , maybe it was the law to have tire chains available from the Fall to Spring , when you cross the montains , I thing the trucks always had extra sets , drapped on a big rig tractors ! I fact , I saw some on one , just the other day, I think they even rented them going up the Rockies, then returnable when you hit the flat lands , on the other side ! ! Lee Petrie, Joliet, IL.
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Re: Garage Sale Tire Chains

Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:55 am

I've had several sets of truck tire chains and these are not truck chains, these are tractor chains for sure.

Re: Garage Sale Tire Chains

Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:03 am

Could they be for economy tractor?

Re: Garage Sale Tire Chains

Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:31 am

1960's one ton postal trucks, and the Divco milk trucks, used that size tire.
I have a Power King manual here (Doing some repairs for a friend) and tires listed, are 7.50-16, 9.50.16, and 8.00-16 (turf). as well as the 8.3-24.

Re: Garage Sale Tire Chains

Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:41 am

The "Garden Master", 4 wheel tractor, that I had, and the "Economy" brand ( as I remember), both used the 16" tires on the rear ! Lee Petrie, Joliet,IL.

Re: Garage Sale Tire Chains

Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:05 pm

19.5" is a common rim size on medium-duty trucks, and a popular "custom" size for normal pickup trucks when extra load carrying capacity is desired.

Re: Garage Sale Tire Chains

Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:56 pm

Matt has it right. 19.5" is a common size for F450, F550, Dodge 4500, etc. Bigger than a one ton, but not up to a 22.5" tire yet. So it's a truck tire chain. One could also possible derive that a set of 22.5" chains might work even better on a Cub. These would come off of a semi truck (and make sure you don't get dual tire chains).

Re: Garage Sale Tire Chains

Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:31 am

My Kubota has 19.5 tires on the rear