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Re: Turf Tire Grooving Experiment

Postby LFEngineering » Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:14 am

It worked. To what degree I can't say yet, but 20 for 20 attempts up the snow covered hill the non-grooved tire broke free first. Unfortunately it was too dark to take video, but I will do some filming this afternoon.

As for the tire cutting I layed out the first few lugs, but just free handed it after that. All in all it took 45 min to an hour from start to finish. The groover handled it well, I only used 1 blade and it didn't seem to cut any different from the first to last cut.

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Re: Turf Tire Grooving Experiment

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:24 am

Sounds like it is working out. Not the first time nor probably the last that my ideas have been proven wrong. I have always believed that the day you stop learning you better be ready to pull the dirt over yourself.
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Re: Turf Tire Grooving Experiment

Postby Jim Becker » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:28 am

Try swapping the tires from side to side to see if there is a difference in the surface or a slightly dragging brake.
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Re: Turf Tire Grooving Experiment

Postby LFEngineering » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:56 am

There wasn't a ton of snow, but enough to be slippery. As you can see in the video the left tire slips as I start up the hill, applying the left brake transfers power to the grooved tire and I'm able to make it up the hill.

Here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ikHGBWrdRc&feature=youtu.be

I also added 2 more rows of grooving as the outer lugs also make contact with the ground.

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Re: Turf Tire Grooving Experiment

Postby outdoors4evr » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:07 am

I think at this point, you have to do the other tire so the traction matches.
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Re: Turf Tire Grooving Experiment

Postby LFEngineering » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:26 am

outdoors4evr wrote:I think at this point, you have to do the other tire so the traction matches.


Doing both has been the plan from day 1, I just wanted to demonstrated the effectiveness of grooved vs non-grooved in a head to head test. I plan on grooving the 2nd tire tonight / tomorrow.
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