Hi friends! Here in Michigan, we had quite a week of winter weather - bitter cold and a decent accumulation of snow. I brought the big tractor out to plow a path from my horse barn to my manure pile for the gator. I then took off in the gator, back end loaded with manure, with all the confidence in the world knowing the 6x4 was essentially a Sherman Tank, only to quickly have my confidence shattered, lol. I slipped and spun and ground to a halt. Huh? I was on my plowed path!? I locked the rear differential in and struggled to the manure pile and back. What I learned is as long as I don't "dilly-dally" I can make it to the pile and back, but if I stop at all I'm done for. Three days in a row I've been stuck while trying to turn the gator around as I back it into the barn. It seems the back 4 heavy lug tires seem to sit on top of the snow pack and just spin away without going anywhere!
So my questions are these: Will chains help? Are actual tire chains or cable style chains preferable? I'm not sure how to select a size given the back tires are so wide? Do I put them on the rear most tires or the next axel up? And MOST importantly, are these going to do any damage to my concrete barn aisle????? A friend mentioned a style of chains that have heavy rubber straps that cross the tread area of the tires. Would those be a good idea?
Thanks so much in advance for any guidance!