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Old 06-09-2011, 06:33 AM
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I am trying to help my son with a lawn tractor traction problem.. He has a fairly heavy duty older Cubcadet 2000 series. we both have hilly sections to mow. But like my Sears it loses traction up or down a steep grade. Not so bad for me as I have 100 extra lbs. on me. Is there anything short of buying a $5,000 4WD unit (which we really cannot afford, since the current tractor does work, just a PITA) that will help the traction. He can go cross wise but its quite a tilt and almost a roll over hazard. Are there aftermarket tires wheels or something? What have you guys done?

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wheel weights OR internally weighting the tires (calcium chloride, etc..). For tire weighting to work, need big enough tires to matter.

believe it or not, small chains will also work and will not damage the lawn, unless you spin the wheels of course. I used my neighbors JD to put in a lawn. Had chains. no impact on the finish at all.
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I have a Wheelhorse 523DXI and had the same issues with hills, changed my tires out to a more aggressive tread. They don't tear up the lawn either.
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wheel weights OR internally weighting the tires (calcium chloride, etc..). For tire weighting to work, need big enough tires to matter.

believe it or not, small chains will also work and will not damage the lawn, unless you spin the wheels of course. I used my neighbors JD to put in a lawn. Had chains. no impact on the finish at all.
I do have chains ...so may give him them. Lots cheaper than a new mower and sure, shouldn't bother the lawn at all maybe even do it a bit of good.

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I have a Wheelhorse 523DXI and had the same issues with hills, changed my tires out to a more aggressive tread. They don't tear up the lawn either.
Where do you get the tires? Can you take these off and replace yourself or do you need a shop?
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My tires ar e20x9.000 x 8inch dia rims - these should fit, right?

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cheng...Q5fAccessories
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never tried in on a lawn mower but on the bigger tractors we use to let the air out and then fill them with water which helped with traction. Or as mentioned above buy weights http://www.rfhoutzandson.com/Catalog...b-dc1f8a48ed5a

If you do not have one already you should look into a ROPS if this is a concern
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These are almost exactly the tires I put on my tractor, they provide plenty of traction on the hills. I put the tires on myself, just need a couple of tire irons. I'd be careful about letting air out of the rear tires without adjusting the deck for the lowered height.
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I have chains on my cub cadet 108. It will pull stumps and climb a tree. Well, almost. Never any problem on hills. They stay on all year long. I've had that little tractor for 32 years now. Keeps on running and running with only minor maintenance. Replaced the mower deck at 29 years.
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Originally Posted by aznap View Post
I have a Wheelhorse 523DXI and had the same issues with hills, changed my tires out to a more aggressive tread. They don't tear up the lawn either.
Thats a badass tractor! We had a Wheelhorse back in the 70's & 80's that was practically indestructible.

As for the traction problem the OP mentioned, I use those hooked block weighhts on my Deere in the winter time for plowing and they work great. They hang off a bracket on the rear so you get some set-back leverage.
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Ditto the chains. I run my tractor with chains all year round, plow in the winter, for the exact reason you state. My lawn is on a slight slope with a couple fairly steep knolls and with out chains I'll spin, especially if the lawn is damp or wet. I got a hold of a couple pairs of old tire chains that I cut links out of to fit my tractor tires and saved the rest to replace the links that wear down. Just make sure to use a bungee tensioner on the chains to stop them from slipping off.
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I filled my CC's tires with windshield washer fluid and water. Made a tremendous difference, won't freeze if in the right ratio and is EPA non-threatening if you get a flat.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
My tires ar e20x9.000 x 8inch dia rims - these should fit, right?

any comments?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cheng...Q5fAccessories
Those are ATV tires which might squat a lot if and when you have a trailer hitched on.
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Li sound grunt, if you want to travel, I have the wheel weights from when I used to use my snowthrower attachment on my 25 hp craftsman tractor (Now I use my Bobcat), I haven't used them in a couple years, you are welcome to them if you wish??

Shipping would cost more then them, so I don't think that will work

A side note, when you change your rubber out, filling the new one with air, put a ratchet strap around the whole tire, squirt some diesel around the rim to get the bead to seal....
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Wheel weights, water filled tires, or a ballast box.... I prefer a ballast box.
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Back around 1969 my Dad bought a new Cub Cadet.
Took the rims with tires down to the Firestone Store.
Where they broke one side off the bead and proceeded to shovel in powdered lead with a flour scoop.
While we and the boss stood within 5 feet of the tech shoveling it in.
Of course no masks, gloves, etc. back then.
Betchya those weighed a good 150lbs each.
Bet ya can't even buy that stuff now.
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