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    Which tire chains & tensioners should I buy?

    I'm going to orders some chains for my rear tires - my asphalt drive is steep and I don't want to slide down using the plow or snow blower. Safety is primary concern - I merely don't want to buy more than I need.

    The tractor has R3 turf tire so I'm looking at the "Ladder" style on TireChains.com. Should I spend the extra money for the "Ladder 2 Link style" or will it not make much difference? The website says the 2 link style gives a smoother ride - traction is what I'm looking for - will the 2 link style give better traction?

    Also, are the spring tensioners worth the extra cost over the rubber ones - they cost more the twice as much.

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    The 2 link ladder chains will run smoother and they won't skip / slip between crossbars under poor traction conditions. This will reduce the possibility of marking up your driveway. I have 2 link ladder chains on my 2320 and they work well.

    I use Aquiline MPC chains on the 3320 and they're much smoother and provide better traction on my steep, asphalt driveway. You may want to consider them for your 4200. https://www.kenjones.com/aquiline-mp...or-tire-chains
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    I have the regular 2-link ones and spring tensioners from tirechain.com, very happy with them. It takes a while to get them setup properly, but now they are a breeze to install. I had to shorten mine a bit, and remove a few links from each of the five tensioner chains on each side.
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    In my experience,, the 4 link seem to make you "go" better,,
    but, the 2 link seem to "stop" better.

    4 link have too much chance of ending up with rubber showing through a gap during braking.

    but,,,

    4 link concentrate more weight on less chain,, biting into ice better.
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    Tensioners

    I just tried my chains for the first time and don't think I will actually use the tensioners that I bought. I got the reinforced net chain and the built in tightener seems more than adequate. I put the spring tensioner on one wheel and it just seemed extraneous with the net chains.

    I haven't sent the tensioners back because of the restocking fee. If someone else wants them, I could make them available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    I just tried my chains for the first time and don't think I will actually use the tensioners that I bought. I got the reinforced net chain and the built in tightener seems more than adequate. I put the spring tensioner on one wheel and it just seemed extraneous with the net chains.
    Can you post a photo of the net chains?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Can you post a photo of the net chains?
    yes-i agree on the pic-treefarmer--i have never heard that term-used on tire chains-ok
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    Thanks!

    Thanks for all the very helpful responses.
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    2 link ladder chains. I also think they stay on the tire better.
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    Net chains

    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Can you post a photo of the net chains?
    Here's the link- 15-19.5 Tractor Tire Chains

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    These are for my 790 and might not be available for other sizes since they are in the "loader" section on tirechains.com. If we get snow this winter, I'll see how they do. I will say they are heavy and I'm very glad I did a test run before I actually need them. They are also pretty aggressive and might be an issue on asphalt.

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