R14 Tires - LX2610 - Snow Chain Recommendations

timb365

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Been searching high and low for suggestions on snow chains for my LX, but have not found anyone using chains with (specifically) R14 tires. I am on a steep grade, will be using a front snow blower on blacktop. I keep getting hung up on the R14s and the fear that what I get will end up between the lugs somehow and I would like to avoid a costly "oops". Safety is my number one concern and because of that cost isn't (not to sound brash!).

As tempted as I am to go studded, I think I will tear up my already beat up driveway (repaving will be next year), so something like the Aquiline MPC keeps popping up, but I am not sure if they are the best option for me.

Anyone out there with experience or knowledge on what will work the R14s for my use case?

Thanks!
 

SDT

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Been searching high and low for suggestions on snow chains for my LX, but have not found anyone using chains with (specifically) R14 tires. I am on a steep grade, will be using a front snow blower on blacktop. I keep getting hung up on the R14s and the fear that what I get will end up between the lugs somehow and I would like to avoid a costly "oops". Safety is my number one concern and because of that cost isn't (not to sound brash!).

As tempted as I am to go studded, I think I will tear up my already beat up driveway (repaving will be next year), so something like the Aquiline MPC keeps popping up, but I am not sure if they are the best option for me.

Anyone out there with experience or knowledge on what will work the R14s for my use case?

Thanks!
I've considerable experience using tire chains on asphalt but not with R14T tires.

Any chains with studs, V bars, or other ice traction aids will be very damaging to asphalt. I use 2 link ladder chains with both Z bar and R4 tires with no asphalt issues but ANY tire chains can cause asphalt damage if one does not use common sense.

I have no issues with my 2 link ladder chains becoming hidden between the lugs on any of my tractors regardless of tire type but I do take the time to fit and install them properly and most folks do not.

Be advised that tire chains cannot be used on your LX if it has the optional oversized R14T tires.

SDT
 

timb365

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Thanks.

For clarity, I have the standard R14s with 1.5” Kubota spacers in the rear. They are also filled. I get to do all the snow stuff this year (first year) with an open station - I so can’t wait! <insert sarcasm>.

Thoughts on front tire chains? Doesn’t seem that Aquiline size down small enough.
 

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I run 2 link, basic ladder chains, no studs or v bars, on all 4 wheels of my B2920 with front mount snowblower. I have turf tires and have a steep asphalt driveway. I don’t cause any damage to the asphalt because I am careful not to spin the tires. The basic ladder chains provide plenty of traction because pushing a snowblower is not as hard as pushing a plow.
 
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SDT

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Thanks.

For clarity, I have the standard R14s with 1.5” Kubota spacers in the rear. They are also filled. I get to do all the snow stuff this year (first year) with an open station - I so can’t wait! <insert sarcasm>.

Thoughts on front tire chains? Doesn’t seem that Aquiline size down small enough.
Front chains add little tractive effort but are very helpful with steering.

SDT
 
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doublebass73

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I run diamond pattern studded chains on my L2501 with R1's on an asphalt driveway and after one season have yet to see any damage to the asphalt. Before that I ran V-bars on a 9N for years with no issues. You can't beat studded chains. I think the lawyers probably make them write that the studded chains may damage your asphalt but I have not seen it in practice.
 

DustyRusty

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If cost isn't a concern, buy 4 turf tires and install the chains on the rear. I snowblow uphill with a BX with turf tires, and no chains, with no problem. I do have a weight box on the rear with about 600# of weight, and filled tires. I tried chains only once, and took them off within the first 15 feet because they made the ride too bumpy for my liking. On my truck, I abandoned using chains, and went with studded snow tires, and never had a problem plowing. The only time that I would want to use chains is if there were ice under the snow, but I have yet to encounter that issue.
 

Newaterman

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Ice-Pik studded chains on R-14’s with 2” spacers. Work well, and when you do it right pretty easy on and off. Ive got a gravel/stay mat drive though so no input on damage to asphalt but I’d imagine they would do a number.