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Chains for a vintage Ariens

Hi all. First time poster here. Hope this is in the right place.

This past year I acquired an old Ariens for free. Score! As best as I can tell it's an early 70s 4HP 22000 series. The sticker with the model number is too worn to read.

Anyway, it's a great machine that's been rock solid so far, but it has the one drawback of having completely crap, solid rubber wheels with not much tread to speak of. They really can't deal with any slope at all. I'd like to improve on that.

I've never put chains on anything before but that seems like a good solution here. How do I go about finding some for this particular machine? The tires measure 3.5 inches wide and about 9.5 in diameter.

On a side note, are aftermarket wheels/tires even an option for this old thing?

Thanks in advance.
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Also, the tires have a flat profile if that matters.
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If you put chains on solid rubber tires......they will probably start falling apart. Yeah.....I tried that. Replace wheels and tires.

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Chains are probably worthless on such a small and narrow tire, which leads two options that I can think of:
1. Buy new tires and replace the old ones
2. Screw in some studs or screws right into the old wheels for added traction. Eventually you'll be having to buy new ones though

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Welcome from the Garden State. I have the same model, year 1970. Came from previous owner with chains attached.

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I had an old Gilson 826 that had solid tires on it. They were in good shape but I had done some reading on here. Long story short I had a Murray w/pneumatic tires. I had to cut about 1.5 inches from the inner axle tube and I also had to cut make some copper bushings out of the heavy ga. 3/4" water line. The axles fit these bushings very well. I put lithium grease on everything and they worked great.
Maybe you can try to do something like this or maybe newer Ariens wheels will fit.

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Welcome'to the forum too.

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Hey, thanks everyone. Sounds like there are conflicting opinions about the chains on solid tires thing. I'll look into finding some wheels that might be made to work but keep the chains idea on the back burner for now.
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I'm interested in this thread too...Just picked up a 1977 Jacobsen 626 with worn solid rubber tires...Not looking to put any big $$ into it...to speak of...Sorta wondering if screwing in screws would do good or not..!
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I'm interested in this thread too...Just picked up a 1977 Jacobsen 626 with worn solid rubber tires...Not looking to put any big $$ into it...to speak of...Sorta wondering if screwing in screws would do good or not..!
I actually had an old Ariens 22000 series (I think thats the on with solid tires) given to me for free. I did a quick flip and ended up giving it to someone my pops knows. Last season I saw it and he put the screws in and then cut the heads off the screws so acted like legitimate tire studs. He said they work great and has no loss of traction. Hope that helps

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