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Alternative to chains on tires? And where to find parts?

Hi all, I bought an old 1987 master craft snowblower in September. It was manufactured by mtd Iím told, but am having a lot of trouble finding any information or parts for it, so I decided to join this forum. My first question is, as the title says, are there any other options to chains on tires when the tires slip badly? Iím asking because I have a concrete driveway and donít want to damage it with chains.

My next question will be brief, where to find a manual and parts for this snowblower, mastercraft, or mtd Model number 317 851 5157?

Thanks for any assistance!
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can't find anything on that model number but if you need a particular part you could look at the similar MTD blower as I did with a White brand blower, Looked up MTD parts and a perfect match.

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Welcome to the forum.
I can't help you with parts but the chains wont harm your driveway, my dad used them on his for over 30 years without any damage.
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I'm a believer of better tires instead of chains. Are you having a tough time with the existing tires?

As far as the model number, can you post a few pictures of the machine and the model number tag? Parts are fairly generic across the MTD line. Does it need any parts right now?

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Welcome! As tpenfield said, better tires may help you. I'm not aware of other alternatives to chains, if you want to avoid metal that could damage your driveway. Some people put screws into their tires, to stud them. That's an *alternative*, but no better, for what you want.

The Carlisle X-Trac tires apparently perform quite well, and are reasonably priced. You may need to take the tires and wheels somewhere to swap over to the new tires, however. Something like those could be an option. Or maybe adjusting your tire pressures, or adding weight over the wheels, for more traction.

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I'll echo what others have said... better tires are the way to go!

I used chains years ago but they were a PITA and make the machine (more) uncomfortable to use as the wheels bounce up and down on the chains whenever they're rolling. I had one machine with solid tires and tried driving screws into them... it helped a bit but the screw heads wore down very quickly.

Seach here or Google "X-trac" and "Sno-hog" to read about better tires that are available.

I should say all this applies only if your machine has pneumatic (ie not solid) tires. If you have solid tires, your options may be very limited unless you can swap on a set of pneumatic tires on different wheels.

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I had a machine with (worn) solid (non-pneumatic) tires, and I put chains on it. I remember it being great, at least on ice. The tires had no give, so they punched the chains down into the ice as it rolled. And it was a great transmission, so no slipping. Sadly, the 5hp engine (which may have been tired) let it down. But you can put chains on solid tires if needed.

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Do chains really do that much damage to concreter, even with a two stage?
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I used wheel chains on my blowers for years before I switched over to tracked models. I was doing quite a few concrete drives, never any notable damage. The home owners were doing real damage with ice melt thou on the lower grade concrete. Told them it was eating up their drives, but they put it anyway. Never a problem from chains.
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