1966 60 (Soon to be 12 HP), 1985 111
1967 112, 1966 110
46 Mower Deck, Modified 31 Tiller, 36 Snowblower, 42 Blade
21 Power Drive
Custom Mini Wagon
Hinson No 1977&1978 Weather Shield
I have 350# of rail fish plates on a frame out the back of the 3pt hitch (a decent amount of leverage), and a 47 on the front. I have a flat driveway so I currently use the ag tires because I go across unplowed snow a bit. But before that, I had turfs and chains and they worked very well. I don't bother with wheel weights due to using the 3pt hitch. Steering is mostly fine but like Bob wrote, I just need to take a little blower weight and it'll steer fine
I've got a 'sleeve hitch' that i'm working on right now using a 2" receiver hitch. I work for Curt hitches (made right here in america, shameless plug) who sells a bare receiver tube you can weld to anything. On my old yard-man i had it welded to the sheet metal frame behind the transaxle. For this project i'm welding it on to a drawbar of sorts that will attach to the rototiller attcach points and pivot up and down using the tiller linkage. It should make it easy to move trailers without jacking them up and anything else i can think to put back there.
As stupid as it looked, the cargo carrier basket full of cinder blocks was very effective for just the reason you mentioned, the weight was cantillevered off the rear effectively increasing its force on the tires by shifting the whole center of gravity rearward. Its also super handy for picking up random junk as you're mowing.
Thanks everyone for 'weighing in' on the weight and tires... sorry can't help the pun. I'll chain up the turf tires this weekend and maybe next spring take a shot at those 'HDAP' ZTR tires, i have a very hilly yard and could use a little more grip year round.
Just wanted to post a quick update to close the loop.
Got the chains on last week just in time for a couple messy, slushy/icy snow falls... just about worst case scenario. 2-3 inches of slush turns into solid ice and then 6" of dense wet heavy snow falls on top and wind-blows to pack itself down. We are talking 40-60 lbs for an average shovel-full... this stuff was miserable.
The tire chains with the wheel weights worked great. Very little wheelspin. The snow was so hard to move, some of the time i was just using the snowblower as a plow. The wheels had plenty of traction. I'm still going to build the sleeve-hitch-weight-bar thing but i'm not in quite so much of a hurry, putting the rubber flap mod on the snowblower is much more pressing at this point.
Chains on turfs are better than anything else I've ever tried. I ran like that for several spin free winters. Then I got a good deal on some Mudlite ATV tires. They were intended for another purpose but ended up on the back of my blower 400. Got stranded on a small frozen water puddle one day at dad's place with it. Also had about 450 lbs of extra weight (wheels weights and cab) but no chains. It wouldn't move an inch. Had to get the Ford 4000 out and pull the 400 about 3 or 4 feet to where there was traction. Never would have happened with chains.
- 1981 JD 400, 1980 JD 400, 1975 JD 400, various JD 400 attachments, 1966 JD 110 RF, 1979 JD 214, JD L100, JD 111
- Cub Cadet Model 71, Ford 8N w/6 ft Woods belly deck, Ford 860
- 1990 EZGO (gator wannabe), 1997 Club Car and 1970 Cushman golf carts
- 2000 F150 4x4 shortbox stepside, 1976 Corvette, 1950 F1 Ford pickup, 1996 Splash 5.0 V8 project
- Armstrong 3 HP antique stationary engine (runs like a top) and a couple other hit and miss type engines
Currently in my garages/sheds: 1967 JD112 RF ... 1972 JD 112 SF ... 1973 140 H3 ... 1977 JD 300 ... 1979 JD 216
1979 JD 314 ... 1979 JD 317K ... 1986 JD 318 ... 2004 JD X485 ... 2011 JD TX Gator ... 2012 JD X720 ... 19XX Zennoh 7001B
2003 HD Heritage Softail
Deerely Departed : 1965 JD 110 ... 1967 JD 110 ... 1978 JD 316K ... 1987 JD 175 ... 1987 JD 185 ... 1987 JD 332 w/ 44 loader
1990 JD 318 ... 2007 JD X300 ... 2015 Z930M ZTR ... 19XX MF 7 ... 1970 Harley FLH ... 1979 Harley Superglide