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Chains for wet lawn traction?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by begreen, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I used to mow a yard for a guy using his tractor. It had a very steep hill. The riding tractor (can't remember what it was, but a typical low-end riding *lawn* tractor) was outfitted with rear chain. It worked great. Didn't scuff up the yard and really helped out with traction. The only negative was it left marks on the blacktop driveway when it got really hot. The chains stays on year-round.

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  2. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    ran them for years, made a huge difference
    then put the pavers in the driveway and court yard, wife said no more chains they mark the pavers
    cant get the tractor out without driving on some pavers, so chains are now in storage and everyones happy
  3. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Oh yeah! Chains are on the mower and I tried them out tonight. Wow, what a difference! It's a little tractor now! I'll need to change my mowing style, can't depend on slippage for starts. This thing bites in and goes. No damage to the grass that I can see. We have tough grass out here.
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  4. woodsman23

    woodsman23 Minister of Fire

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    ag's all the way
  5. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    The ags are pretty rough on the yard though. Had a 4 wheeler with ag tires and it would leave divots all over the yard, especially if it was wet..

  6. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like a fragile lawn. Is it shallow rooted and on permafrost or close to it?

    My son asked why I was mowing so late last night. I told him about the chains and how I was trying them out in all the tough places in the yard. "Oh, so you were joy riding on the mower, eh?" he responded. Yep.
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