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    Well it was only about 2" but I got to use my new x580 with 47" snowblower. Being I never had a lawn tractor with a snowblower before I guess I did ok.
    I do have a couple of questions, with the terra grips it was a pretty shaky and bumpy ride is this normal? Also when ever I went in reverse the auger stoped and I had to disengage it and then engage it for going forward again. If I held down RIO switch while backing up it stayed engaged. Is that the proper way to do it? Other than the 2 issues I was very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchalle View Post
    Well it was only about 2" but I got to use my new x580 with 47" snowblower. Being I never had a lawn tractor with a snowblower before I guess I did ok.
    I do have a couple of questions, with the terra grips it was a pretty shaky and bumpy ride is this normal? Also when ever I went in reverse the auger stoped and I had to disengage it and then engage it for going forward again. If I held down RIO switch while backing up it stayed engaged. Is that the proper way to do it? Other than the 2 issues I was very happy with it.
    Yes you have a bit of a bumpy ride but chains are worse.
    Yes you have to use the RIO switch when backing just as you do for mowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchalle View Post
    Well it was only about 2" but I got to use my new x580 with 47" snowblower. Being I never had a lawn tractor with a snowblower before I guess I did ok.
    I do have a couple of questions, with the terra grips it was a pretty shaky and bumpy ride is this normal? Also when ever I went in reverse the auger stoped and I had to disengage it and then engage it for going forward again. If I held down RIO switch while backing up it stayed engaged. Is that the proper way to do it? Other than the 2 issues I was very happy with it.
    Just as it should be. If there's no bump to the ride the grips have fallen off. You'll be thankful for the bump when more than 2" hits the ground. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchalle View Post
    Well it was only about 2" but I got to use my new x580 with 47" snowblower. Being I never had a lawn tractor with a snowblower before I guess I did ok.
    I do have a couple of questions, with the terra grips it was a pretty shaky and bumpy ride is this normal? Also when ever I went in reverse the auger stoped and I had to disengage it and then engage it for going forward again. If I held down RIO switch while backing up it stayed engaged. Is that the proper way to do it? Other than the 2 issues I was very happy with it.
    With use the Terra-grip ride does get better. Chains always seem to stay the same But I used Terra-grips for several years and the ride Improved In the follow on years as the Rubber soften a bit
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    Quote Originally Posted by kchalle View Post
    Well it was only about 2" but I got to use my new x580 with 47" snowblower. Being I never had a lawn tractor with a snowblower before I guess I did ok.
    I do have a couple of questions, with the terra grips it was a pretty shaky and bumpy ride is this normal? Also when ever I went in reverse the auger stoped and I had to disengage it and then engage it for going forward again. If I held down RIO switch while backing up it stayed engaged. Is that the proper way to do it? Other than the 2 issues I was very happy with it.
    You could always bypass your RIO switch. $2 in parts and 5 minutes of work or less and you're done. See this thread. I did mine for mowing but it will be there year round. I very much recommend it.
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    Why i went with chains several other reviews like this good luck...
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99srxman View Post
    Why i went with chains several other reviews like this good luck...
    https://youtu.be/OVviUTfavKY
    An X300 series tractor with not enough weight and no diff lock getting slightly better traction on ice. Not much of an example to go by.
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    You will get used to the Terra grips and soon won't notice them. Also 2" of snow is the minimum for much of the snow equipment use and the Terra grips are no different. Also, the blower works better the more snow goes through it, to a point.

    The more weight on the rear of your tractor, the better the traction. You should be carrying at least an additional 150 pounds on the back of your machine, even if it's laying sand bags across click hitch of with some other type of mount. rear weight will make the machine bounce less on the road with the Terra Grips also.....

    The 2" was a great learning point to start with. Just imagine the 12" of super heavy wet snow which we had for our first snow that was 50 pounds per 5 gallon bucket of snow and plugging the blowers and breaking shear pins. You got the text book first snowfall to learn with, which is ideal. You will get better and better with the machine over time and soon, it will be second nature.

    The chains score the crap out of black top, strip the asphalt sealant right off the surface and can even cause rust to appear in concrete from the metal wearing off the chains on the concrete surface. The Terra Grips will last longer than chains also as the chains cross chains tend to wear on these cheap imported chains often now sold.

    Give it time and you will love the Terra Grips and as the rubber softens and the chains loosen, the entire ride improves noticeably. Add to that deeper snow when you use them and you won't feel like you must look like a duck walking as the tractor waddles side to side with the Terra Grips.

    I have plowed with terra grips for probably 500 hours of time or more. I have used chains for even longer. The chains cause damage and when the chains break and they will with use, the cross links beat the snot out of the underside of your tractor fender and it can tear off electrical wires and damage hydraulic lines and filters. The longer you use the terra griips, the more you will like them.

    Are you using the tension binders in the center of your wheels to keep the terr grips as tight as possible to the tire? They will improve the ride as well and also make the terra grips traction better and not wear on the connecting chains as much as when the terra grips can flex on the tires.

    These work better than any other method I tried to keep the Terra Grips snug......I suggest using two per rear tire with the first installed so the four points are at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock on the tire and the second at 1, 4, 7 and 10 o'clock on the same tire and the Terra Grips will stay nice and tight. Make sure to order the size of tensioner you need based upon the size of your tire. These stretch quite a bit and you want them to be tight.


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    Thanks for your post SB very helpful!

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    As others have said, ride will get better. First year I got my X590 we had no snow and I finally went out in 2 inches also..LOL. I will say this, weight is your friend, I use wheel weights and 4 suitcase weight for extra 268 lbs of weight on back of machine. I’ve heard a lot of talk on performance of terra grips. Here is mine. I’ve tried snow blowing both ways to get valid tests. Yes I can snow blow without the terra grips, I slip and slide much more and I am constantly engaging diff lock as I continually got temporally stuck. With the terra grips I seldom slip and almost never got stuck, seldom if ever have to engage diff lock. In short no comparison, terra grips work great and do no damage to driveway and or sidewalks
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