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"Turf saver" tyres without chains?

I just bought an old ST 1032 machine and it has these "turf saver" tyres on it. Looks just like the ones on my lawn tractor - and they spin on wet grass!

I don't have snow chains for them. My driveway is around 200 yards long without too much of a slope.

Does anyone use these tyres without chains? Would the 1032 be heavy enough to give it "ok" traction?

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I just bought an old ST 1032 machine and it has these "turf saver" tyres on it. Looks just like the ones on my lawn tractor - and they spin on wet grass!

I don't have snow chains for them. My driveway is around 200 yards long without too much of a slope.

Does anyone use these tyres without chains? Would the 1032 be heavy enough to give it "ok" traction?

I would say yes to the chains if you only have turf savers on. makes a huge difference with large packed snow piles and drifts. have them (chains) on my 10000 series 32 inch with 10lbs weight on the front that has turf saver tires. I tried without them then put them right back on. of course there will be different opinions, this is just mine....I am to old to be wrestling with a heavy machine pushing it forward because of lack of traction. i want the machine to do the work

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Is the machine worth spending a little money on? If so, I would go out and buy a set of the Carlisle X-Trac's. You'd be amazed on what they would do for you.
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Is the machine worth spending a little money on? If so, I would go out and buy a set of the Carlisle X-Trac's. You'd be amazed on what they would do for you.
I second this suggestion....
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chainless " turf" tires would totally ruin an otherwise enjoyable activity.! chain them, or as mentioned, upgrade to modern rubber.

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I was just recently given an early 70's 20" snow-blower, and mine has the "turf" style tires as well.

One of mine is flat. Not sure if it just needs air, or if I need to tube-it.

If I need to tube the tire, I was thinking about replacing both tires with the "X"style tires. I got the snow-blower for free, so I don't mind putting a little money into it to make a "good" snow-blower into a "great" snow-blower.

I will look into the X-Tracs.

BTW, thanks OP for posting this thread, I was going to post a similar one, but don't need to now.

Thanks!
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Carlisle X-Trac tires work better than chains and usually cheaper too!
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I have big lugged SnowcHog tires on my ST1032 and it just spun them on ice and trying to blow up an incline

http://www.carlisletirestore.com/store/snwhog.htm

X Tracs may be better, I don't know.

http://www.carlisletirestore.com/xtrc_atv.htm

So I put these on

Garden Tractor V-BAR Chains

and they barely clear the auger housing and with my incline I had to go with a Honda HS1132TA tracked machine to blow uphill.

So, no your turf saver tires won't work. Will other tires work for you?

Just the facts, man. Just the facts:

What is your driveway surface made of?

I see you say it does not have much of a slope can you provide some detail. How about how many feet (fraction of meter(s)) does it rise over 20 feet (6 meters)?
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Thanks for all your replies gentlemen. Just as I suspected - stands to reason that turf tyres are just that - turf tyres! I'm a bit puzzled as to why Ariens would sell this type on their packages back in the day. Perhaps their intention was to have them matched up with chains right off the bat?

I had a look at the Carlisle Xtrac (thanks for the suggestion) and I love the aggressive design. I would prefer to not have chains. We really get dumped on with all kinds of snow every winter here in Norway. My diveway is fine hard-packed gravel. It's around 200 yards long with an overall elevation change of around 10 feet.

My machine is more than worth it. I just sandblasted the intake and augers and it's going to get powder coated tomorrow, the Tecumseh 10hp motor is only 2 years old. I'm changing all the wear an tear parts too and threw a snappy looking LED light on because it gets dark here at 2:30 pm in the winter.

As long as parts are available, I'll keep this one for my grandkids (who aren't born yet)! This thing looks like it's built like a brick sh*thouse and could withstand a missle strike!!

I appreciate all of you weighing in!

Cheers!!
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One more rookie question!

I don't know if the sidewall on the XTrac has "this side out" written on it....Which way should the tip of the "V" pattern at the center of the tread face: Forwards or Backwards? Should they "scoop" or "push out"?
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