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Tips for putting on chains

Postby offrink » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:06 pm

Any good tips for putting them on? I think last year I jacked up the back end but don't know if it's safe with loaded tires and double wheel weights.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Eugene » Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:16 pm

Lay and stretch out the chains on the drive way. Drive tractor on to the chains, about 1/3rd the length of the chains. Now throw the longest portion of the chains over the tire. Fasten chains.

You may need to move the tractor forward or backward a bit as you adjust and tighten the chains.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Bill Hudson » Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:54 pm

I have jacked up each rear wheel (loaded with two wheel weights mounted) to install chains with no problems. No need to have any more than a couple inches clearance to clear the chains. The advantage is that you can turn the wheel and take a lot of slack out of the chain.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:18 pm

I do it the same as Bill, just stick a floor jack under the corner of the drawbar on each side as you work on it and raise the chain up close to the top of the wheel. As you tunr the wheel keep working the slack out of it, Usually pretty easy to get on.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby ricky racer » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:21 pm

Bill Hudson wrote:I have jacked up each rear wheel (loaded with two wheel weights mounted) to install chains with no problems. No need to have any more than a couple inches clearance to clear the chains. The advantage is that you can turn the wheel and take a lot of slack out of the chain.

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John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:I do it the same as Bill, just stick a floor jack under the corner of the drawbar on each side as you work on it and raise the chain up close to the top of the wheel. As you tunr the wheel keep working the slack out of it, Usually pretty easy to get on.


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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Stanton » Thu Nov 20, 2014 3:22 pm

Similar to Eugene's method, I bungee one end of the chain onto the tire, then drive forward 'til that end rotates around to make the connection. Use 6 or so bungees to secure chains from outside edge thru wheel to inside edge. Stays secure all winter.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby offrink » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:45 pm

So the people that use the jack do you put it under the drawbar? I thought it would overload the drawbar due to 300 lbs of wheel weight plus the loaded wheel and tractor.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Barnyard » Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:38 pm

Most people who use the drawbar do so close to where it bolts to the final drive and lift just one side. There is also a flat spot under each axle housing (as seen on the right in the pic below) where you can set a bottle jack. However you do it, make sure you chock the front wheels to keep it from rolling away.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Bus Driver » Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:07 pm

If the tires do not have liquid ballast, lowering the air pressure with the weight off the tires when fastening the chains and then reinflating will help the chains be tighter.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby ricky racer » Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:12 pm

offrink wrote:So the people that use the jack do you put it under the drawbar? I thought it would overload the drawbar due to 300 lbs of wheel weight plus the loaded wheel and tractor.


I'm sure that most of us here jack up one side of the tractor at a time. I load my Cub up with double weights and it's never been a problem.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby offrink » Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:49 pm

Ok thanks. Just would hate to break the casting or damage something just by doing something to quick and not check.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby WaMoo » Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:28 pm

I've always "hung iron" by laying the chains centered over the top of the tire, and connecting them at bottom. No need to jack it up, no need to drive onto them.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby leerenovations » Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:24 am

What Ive done is use my special boards. I used some large 4 x 20 flat timbers that I used a router to cuts grooves out of. I can lay the chains in the grooves then drive the tractor on top of them.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby gusbratz » Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:30 am

I put heavy truck chains on and off all the time. it super easy if you just grab the chain in the middle, throw it up over the tire so the back ends of the chain are just touching the ground a little. kick the front of the chain to bunch the front up under the tire then pull the tractor forward over the chains. now the bunched up pile is in the back behind the tire. hook up the s hook on the inside of the tire first then hook up the clasp on the outside. if you did it right the clips will be around 4 or 5 o'clock so you don't have to pick up a heavy chain and hold it with 1 hand while you do the clips. add bungees if you want it tight. if you leave your chains loose they will clean out better in muddy conditions. it takes me less than 5 min to put chains on any of my tractors and I don't monkey around with jacks or anything.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby outdoors4evr » Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:52 am

Start by laying your chains out flat. Make sure there aren't any twists (looks like a kink) in the chains. Any twists can use up valuable chain length that makes it really difficult to get the chains on.
By "twists" I mean a place where the length of the chain has been looped through one of the ladder rungs. This is very easy to happen near the ends of the chains. "Untwist" the chain by feeding the length back through the ladder rungs in the opposite direction.

I drive over the 3/4 of the chains and attach them on the back. Do the inside first then the outside.
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