I went up to our VT home on Saturday morning and drove right up the driveway without any issue at all. There are a lot of leaves under the snow that came down right before the first snow storm so I didn’t have the opportunity to blow them off before they got covered. Exactly what I was trying to prevent. Oh-well.
I brought up a new battery and other stuff to try to get my 1983 420 tractor up and running again. After an hour of taking off all the engine covers, removing the battery and battery tray, I was able to check all the fuses and electrical connections. I found no smoking guns there. So I reinstalled the battery tray and put in the new battery. It started right up. I suspect that the battery had gone bad. Unfortunately, the new battery was slightly too big and didn’t fit the tractor correctly, so I have to trade it in for a smaller one, but at least I know that the tractor starts. And I confirmed that all the front hydraulics work fine.
But I needed to plow so I jury rigged it in place, and proceeded to put on the new rear tire chains. Once that was done I successfully plowed.
Well, almost. As I was cleaning up the large piles at the foot of the driveway, the tractor started feeling weird and started leaning to the right. I stopped, got off and looked things over without seeing anything wrong. So I got back on and started back up again only to barely be able to move and the right tire chain came off. Huh? I looked down and then saw the problem. I had a right rear flat tire! Great. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.
So, I need new rear tires. I'm not surprised that the current ones didn't last. They look old, dried out and starting to crack.
I want to replace them with Carlisle All Trails but they appear taller than the turfs I'm currently running so I don't know the best size for the 420. I also will need chains for my steep driveway, so I need to figure out the corresponding size for them.
Anybody have experience or guidance for me?