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  1. 42" deck belt & blade sizes?

    Sorry, the "doesn't fit" comment referred to the 48" deck not fitting in the bed of my truck when its mounted on the tractor. The deck fits the tractor, its been used that way for years :). Thanks for the PDFs and part number. It looks like it only references one drive belt so the one I have should work then. I see 14 and 16 inch blades so im guessing the 42 uses 14s. I think the shop near my house will be able to find them for me. Thanks!
  2. Hey All, I just picked up a bare 42" SD mowing deck i want to put on my 414-8 so it will fit in the bed of my truck. My tractor currently has a 48" (that doesn't fit). Does anyone know if the PTO drive belt or blades are interchangeable? If not what size belt / blades do i need? Thanks!
  3. Tire Chains

    I bought rubber chains at the recommendation of this site and i highly recommend them. they for sure provide more traction on asphalt than a traditional chain and they dont mark the driveway. I would not want to run the standard 4-link rubber chain for cutting grass though... too bouncy. 2 link maybe.
  4. Lets see the snow rigs!

    Haha, I actually have two more plates sitting in the garage (I originally bought 4 25 pounders so 100 pounds total) but I'm trying to run as little weight as possible on the hitch mount because I don't want to crack the transmission case even though I modified the draw bar to distribute the weight better. Tractor did much better this year with 50 lbs on the hitch with chains than it did last year with no chains and 75/100 lbs on the hitch. So I'm probably just going to recycle those two plates into my workout equipment.
  5. Lets see the snow rigs!

    I see a couple of you are also squarebody chevy owners! Here's my setup, 89 414-8. Finally have the setup dialed in pretty well, it hasnt gotten stuck one time this year.
  6. These things did awesome!!! You guys were aboslutely right about how they "flip up" into a scoop when you start spinning. It was like having on demand paddle tires. It might stop and spin for a second but once both sides caught it would take right off again. Never got stuck one time yesterday during 2 hours of plowing the 10-12" of snow here in SE Michigan.
  7. I have an asphalt horseshoe driveway that goes around the back of my house, im guessing its around 4000 square feet total, and I also do my neighbors driveways most of the time too. I dont have a picture of the layout but in this pic you can see the stairs to the back door of my house, and to the right is the garage.
  8. Got the new chains installed last weekend and getting the first snow of the season today here in Michigan - if we get more than a couple inches I might get to try it out! I think I am leaning towards converting to a 4-link eventually but I will see how it does first. I can already tell they are going to make a huge difference.
  9. Good tips here guys thank you! It looks like i could convert the set to 2-link for not much cost so I'll have to look into that.
  10. Thanks for the info. the website didn't offer an option as far as 2 or 4 link, but I believe they are a 4-link set judging from the picture. I didn't even notice one of the sets that was posted here was a 2 link until you pointed it out.
  11. Well the sensible/frugal side of me won out and I ordered a set of the rubber tire chains for the stock turfs. I really wanted an excuse to order those grim reapers though! Maybe next year. thanks for the suggestions everyone!
  12. What about an ATV tire in a 23x10-12? Looks like this could be pretty serious in the snow:
  13. Thanks Lee, do you have a picture of what that looks like from the side? How difficult was that modification? Fabricate a couple spacers? Brandon, for weight I have the toro wheel weights as well as 75lbs on the draw bar. I don't want to use any more hitch weight until upgrade to a receiver style hitch like you guys have, but the combination of the two added a lot of grip. I'm also a fair amount of ballast myself at 225lbs
  14. Wow I've never seen any like that, where did you find those? Those look much more robust than the ones I've seen.
  15. Hey everyone, I've got my '89 414-8 pretty well outfitted for throwing snow other than the original turf saver tires. I've got hitch weights and wheel weights and as long as I let the clutch out easy it seems to have fairly good traction. however if I let the clutch out too quickly they tend to just polish the snow and spin, sometimes causing me to get stuck. I've also got a slow leak in one of the tires so I figure it might just be a good time to upgrade anyway. I don't want to run chains as my neighbor used them once and scratched the asphalt pretty bad. I'd like to put something on that offers more traction as-is and hopefully has a more cool, aggressive look. I've read a lot of good things about the carlisle all terrains here. I think the 23x10.5-12s on the 520 wheels look awesome but I'd need to find a set of those wheels and that would be more of a look than function from what I've read. What I'm wondering is, would the same tire in 25x9x12 fit under the fenders on the stock wheels and be within the range of deck adjustability? It looks like it would be close. Or should I just go with the stock 23x8? I also use my tractor for cutting lawn, however snow removal is without a doubt the primary reason I own this tractor. (If I didnt have to clear snow I'd probably own a push mower). There is as much or more driveway to clear than grass to cut and I often clear my neighbors driveways as well. I don't really need to worry about tearing up the lawn because I'm on flat dry ground, so AGs or ATV tires wouldn't be out of the question. Rubber chains and filled tires are other things I am considering. Rear tires are my primary concern for the moment but also looking at ideas for the front too. Thanks! Pic of tractor attached for curious minds