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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby ricky racer » Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:04 am

The tire chains that I use have 4 take-up links on the side that snug up the chains so bungies are not needed. They work pretty good.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby offrink » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:35 pm

Jacked up each side individually by the drawbar and put chains on. Went on nice and easy on the first try. The traction increased a ton. Moved 4' high 3' deep snow piles from a pick-up without much strain.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby ricky racer » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:54 pm

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Buzzard Wing » Mon Nov 24, 2014 8:55 pm

It can be a 5 minute job. I lay them out (nice and neat as said) and I prefer half way (but the 3/4 may make more sense) and just clip them together.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Mortgaged » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:53 am

Gusbrats method is the easiest and the one I've used for years. Why mess around with extra tools etc. when it's easy to just grab it in the middle, lay it over the top and pull forward 1-2'? When I spent time in the French Alps, the rental cars all had chains supplied and this was the method they used. Pretty common to see cars lined up at the base of the mountains chaining up when it was snowing and nobody got their jacks out. :-)

I also agree with the point about not strapping your chains tight as they'll clean out better and seem to get better traction when they're loose. Have you ever watched Ice Road truckers and seen how much the chains on the trucks fling up and around off the tire because they're loose? Granted they're moving much faster so there's a little more inertia than we're dealing with. Basically, I think people get too concerned about pulling the chains tight when it's not needed.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Buzzard Wing » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:32 am

It would take me longer to figure out a plan on how to jack up a Cub in the snow with a 1000 loader, fast hitch, mower (for weight) and wheel weights than it is to put them on!

I don't have a lot of time snowplowing but they seem to work fine without additional 'tightening'. Although it may be needed with turf tires??
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Matt Kirsch » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:08 am

On the bigger tractor tires where it would take three men and a boy to fling the chains over the top, we take an end and hook it over a lug, then pull the tractor forward and let the tractor pull the chain up on the tire. When the end comes around the bottom, we hook them together. Usually you can tighten them up some after you've driven around a little.

Putting these light little Cub chains on is an absolute vacation comparatively speaking.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby v w » Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:07 am

I too simply drive onto the chains but use two turnbuckles which I have opened the ends on . These are lengthened and hooked on the chain just beyond where they join. There is no fighting of the chain to connect, they can be tightened by closing the turnbuckles, they stay hooked if I want to move the chain around the tire to tighten and for me make mounting much easier. If I want to tighten the chain later the turnbuckles hold the chain while doing it or I can twist the turnbuckles to put pressure on the chain. Whatever works for you!.. Vern

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby BigBill » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:54 pm

I put the chains on the tires then roll the tractor so the chain wraps around the tire. Then pull the chain from the bottom of the tire so it's tight and hook the inside first. The pull the outside tight and latch it.
Then install the chain spreaders.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:45 am

This is the best system I have ever seen for installing chains. I bet Rabbit Holler Flash would appreciate this one.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Goraidh (Jeff) » Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:43 pm

I lay them out and back up on 'em, much like Buzzard Wing. But I don't wait until the snow is already on the gorund. Those backward Southern New Englanders!
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Buzzard Wing » Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:10 pm

Not backwards.... LAZY! Although my driveway is older than I am, I can sometimes get away without chains marring up the 'first tar driveway in the new world'. And there are winters where I never need to plow. Also, I use a Lo Boy with loaded tires and a fast hitch, way more weight on the rear tires than a standard Cub. I can also put additional weight if need it. Seemed like a good plan till I almost got stuck last winter without chains, but a bit of finesse with the brakes (tires are right there on a Lo Boy, easy to see which is slipping) got me out of that jam. It was not the ideal place to put on a set of chains!

I got a 'new' set that I am trading to ScotLem, so possibly after I ensure the fit of those I will put the others on?? Or maybe not.... need to think on it a bit.
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Goraidh (Jeff) » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:50 am

Hey Larry, do you come up and plow the rock farm?
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Re: Tips for putting on chains

Postby Puffie40 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:44 am

When latching the chains, do the inside latch as tight as you can first - the tension can be adjusted with the outside latch, and the inside one is nastier to do anyway.


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