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    Getting ready for snow

    Ok. Don't toss me off the site because I mention the s word. Fact is, it is not that far off (for me anyway). My question is, do I need chains for my 2520 (equipped with R4's)? I have about 150" of driveway with a slight incline at the very end. And if I need chains will they fit with the tires in the wide position?

    Thanks for any input.

    BTW, when I ordered my 2520 I did not get a MMM with it. I am currently looking at a used 2009 X540. Boy, does that green paint ever get in your blood!
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    My question is, do I need chains for my 2520 (equipped with R4's)?
    Hey Ron
    IMO,I would say yes. I ran my R4's with and without and chains make a world of difference.
    I only have the 4 link,but being they are the V bar they are awesome.

    And if I need chains will they fit with the tires in the wide position?
    That is the position best suited for chains anyway.

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    Ron,

    You really don't say what you are going to do with tractor in the snow. Now in my case, I use a blower, ballast box, and no chains. I have the R4s and with the wieght, 4wd, locking diff, and brake steer I am just fine. I also us it on finished concrete and really wouldn't like the mess it would make on it. We will need to know more to give you good info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    Ron,

    You really don't say what you are going to do with tractor in the snow. Now in my case, I use a blower, ballast box, and no chains. I have the R4s and with the wieght, 4wd, locking diff, and brake steer I am just fine. I also us it on finished concrete and really wouldn't like the mess it would make on it. We will need to know more to give you good info.
    Good to hear the R4s, 4wd, locking diff, etc. will likely be enough (plan to use my new 1025R on a rear blade when we get the 2-3 inch snows, and little to no ice). Chains are great when working on ice (have them on my "baby Bobcat"); otherwise, they do "scratch" and scuff the concrete, and need to be really careful, so am not planning to put them on the 1026R.

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    Thanks for the input. I have a 54" front mounted snowblower and a ballast box filled with portland cement. My driveway is crushed rock and I would likely use my walk behind blower for the first couple of storms to get a snow base down so that I don't throw a lot of rock.
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    Anyone have any experience with turfs in the snow on a 2520?

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    My driveway is 200' long flat, but I have a raised ranch an it's built into a hill which I do have to get up to get to my barn out back. I also clean around the house. This will be my first winter with the 2520 as I had a 2305. I snow blow and had 650 pounds in my ballast box. No problem what so ever without chains and my hill is pretty steep. This year I've had another 300 pounds of weight to the ballast box for the bigger tractor. I don't forsee any problems, however if you were going to plow then you might want to think about adding chains.
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    If you deal with heavy snow falls (=>2ft) I would recommend chains on the rear. Just set your blower skid shoes to leave a snow base so you don't damage your driveway.
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    Ok. So, I've looked through the details and have determined the exact answer: It depends.



    Seriously... I have a new 2520 with a snowblower, turfs, ballast box (not loaded yet), and filled rears. My property is mostly flat (very slight incline from the street toward the back - maybe goes up 5 feet over 200'). I'm not going the route of chains for this coming winter and will experiment with it to see what I really need.

    If you use chains on a walk-behind because you "need" them, you might find the same of the tractor. That would be the only thing that I could think of looking at as a possible indicator.

    You may want to flip the rears to the wide position before it gets too cold "just in case" you need add the chains.

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    I have a 2520 with R4's, and one of the main reasons I bought it was hopefully to be able to plow snow, without using chains. I also have an X495, which is only a 2wd, and I had the JD 54" quick tatch blade for it. The little 495 with chains did an OK job, but because of the weight of the machine, a decent snowfall could quite easily cause the tractor to drift off line when angle plowing. I also have a fairly flat driveway, probably roughly 250' long, and with a small incline as it approaches the road at the front of the property.

    When I bought the 2520, upon advice from others on various forums, I did purchase the ballast box which was said help with the traction issues. I swapped out the quickhitch from the
    X495 as part of the purchase so I could use the same JD54" blade on the 2520. I was a little apprehensive to say the least, as I had read many posts where folks were not at all happy with the performance of the R4's in snow.

    All I can say is that my setup, without chains (for my conditions) works great. At first I tried pushing the snow, without the ballast box, just using the 4wd, and to me everything worked fine. Seemed quite a bit better than the old x495 with the chains. Then I decided to attach the ballast box and see if there would be any big difference. WOW...difference, the added weight of the ballast box turned the rig into a bulldozer. Now I very seldom even run it in 4wd.

    Plowing snow takes a little practice, in order for you to understand the capeabilities of your machine, and to figure out the best way to attack the situation. I'm sure there are many folks out there that have a much more challenging terrain than I do, but in my particular case my 2520 with R4's and the ballast box work great with the blade, using a front mount blower and BB, should be a breeze.

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