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Skidder chains
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:19:54 PM »
 I need a little info, I have a small farm tractor that I need to put chains on.
I have a set of studded chains. I can cut the length with no problem.
what I need to know is the width any problem. they come down about to the rim.
will it cause any trouble, if I can just tighten side chains
thank you for any info.   I do read here a lot but don't say much.
If we won't have all this snow and ice I won't need them, but it will help pulling logs
from the woods as I only have r4on but loaded
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Re: Skidder chains
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2014, 04:36:52 PM »
I have ladder chains that I made for my R-4 tires and was pressed for room between fender and tire, so made them to ride high (shorter cross chains and longer side chains).

Yours should work coming down to the rim, at least worth a try.

R-4's are not good in snow and chains are necessary if going in the woods. Still a battle getting around, and I also put chains on the front tires of my 4wd tractor. How much snow depth do you have in the woods?
What is your small farm tractor?
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Re: Skidder chains
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2014, 04:42:50 PM »
I don't like the r4 at all. I had the AG,the deep cleats on another tractor. A BIG diffeance. If buying new don't get the r4. If you get the r4,get chains. My other tractor got around so much better with the AG tires. Both in the summer and winter.
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Re: Skidder chains
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2014, 05:50:15 PM »
I think it would be fine if the sidechain is down to the rim I suppose you would get good sidewall protection that way as well
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Re: Skidder chains
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2014, 06:57:39 PM »
beenthere, There is 6to8 in. of snow but that's not the problem because it is steep
where I have the logs
thecfarm, I know what you are talking about being born and raised on farm.
I got R4's so I wouldn't tear-up the yard so much.
Maine logger88,I'm with you as long as I can get side chains tight
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Re: Skidder chains
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014, 04:36:36 PM »
Shouldn't have a problem if you run holding chains through the rim. Decide what size chain you want too use (3/8, 1/2") I use 3/8. Go to your local Fire Department and ask if they have any old 2" canvas  hose. Cut your holding chains just long enough to go from one side chain to the other through the rim (between the rim and dish) make two for each wheel. Cut the hose length just shy of the chain length, run the chain through the hose. Use clevises to hook the chain. Place holding chains opposite from one an other on the wheel. This hole thing keeps the chains from walking off and damaging the rim.

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