I have a JD 4510 tractor which I use frequently to move hay rolls out to our cattle. It has a Ballast Box filled with bricks on the 3PH as well as rear fluid filled tires. The tires are R4s with decent tread. The tractor is 4WD. In plowing our recent snowfall of about 10" this past weekend with a bucket, I found that on flat ground I was able to get traction and move the snow, but once the snow was packed, I could not get up even a small incline at the top of the driveway. This left me wondering what, if any, are reasonable options. We live in the northern Virginia area and some years we have zero snow. Chains will not fit on the rear tires in the present configuration and I really don't want to spend the $$ to have the tires reversed or spread out to give enough room for chains. Don't want to spend big money on chains either!
I was thinking that siping the tires was one reasonable option, and, not an expensive outlay, even for the tool. (Under $100 I think.) Are there some plowing techniques that I might use to help me be a better snow clearer? Our driveway is mostly flat, and maybe 500' long. I also need to move the hay rolls on mostly level ground out to the cattle. Getting really stuck would be bad!
Thanks for any ideas.