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I am in need of some new front tires for my HT20. The tractor is used mainly for clearing the driveway in the winter with the heavy 2 stage blower. In the spring and fall it is used to till our half acre garden. I am wondering if anyone has experience with these tires, specifically in the snow with a blower or blade. Also, any other suggested tires or sellers would be appreciated. I am looking to purchase from Miller tire at this time.

http://www.millertire.com/products/lawn-garden-tires/18x8-50-8/copy-of-18x8-50-8-v61-hd-5-rib-6-ply/
 

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My only thought would be why you would need 6 ply tires, the added expense seems unnecessary for your needs. Unless you plan on mounting a loader I would say that would be overkill. If you are OK with the extra cost those tires would be just fine. Good luck and happy snow blowing!
 

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I'd say that the 6-plys are a wise choice.

I have them on two of my tractors.

One is the 1886 forklift and when it has 700+ lbs. on the mast, you want tires with a good load rating.

The other thing is that they have a wide footprint, which keeps them from sinking into the soft ground I have around hers.

The other tractor is the HDT1000 which I use for heavy pulling and plowing. I'll also be using it with the Haban Flail-MO which is a danged heavy implement as well.

I have the fronts on the HDT1000 filled with Rim Guard as that help keep the front down when plowing. It will al so help with steering when I have the Flail-Mo on it.

As an added bonus, they just LOOK good. They compliment the square hood of the Bolens tractors, and give them a 'brawny' look :D :D :D
 

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I am in need of some new front tires for my HT20. The tractor is used mainly for clearing the driveway in the winter with the heavy 2 stage blower. In the spring and fall it is used to till our half acre garden. I am wondering if anyone has experience with these tires, specifically in the snow with a blower or blade. Also, any other suggested tires or sellers would be appreciated. I am looking to purchase from Miller tire at this time. http://www.millertire.com/products/lawn-garden-tires/18x8-50-8/copy-of-18x8-50-8-v61-hd-5-rib-6-ply/
I don't think you can beat the Carlisle turf: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/crr-574365, I run these on any LF that has weight on the front (my loader tractors) I like them a lot. I pushed snow for a couple seasons with a 1886 with the old Goodyear similar to these http://www.ebay.com/itm/18-x-8-50-8-4-Ply-Sawtooth-Golf-Cart-Tire-Premium-/261799738460?hash=item3cf47afc5c:g:ReoAAOSwZjJU9hIt
and when I switched over to a 23 with turf I noticed a considerable different on sideways slide, better traction you might say, the Carlisle turfs are available in a couple styles RS has a rounder shoulder, the CS more squared off. I believe available in 4,6, and 8 ply. Old Buzzard runs those V61 on some of his units ,he'll chime in I'm sure. For what your doing I like the turfs, but that's just my opinion.
 

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Did you find them to turn as well or better than turf tires on a packed snow?
I chained the turfs that were on it before the V61's due to being in poor condition. The chained up turfs were marginally better than the V61's. In my experience, 5 ribs kick the living crud out of turf tires for steering.

If I was looking to throw that monster two stage on the front of my Bolens, I would definitely go with the 6 ply V61's.
 

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I will throw these into the mix. Front ags, i mounted them this year. So far a slightly below average maine winter and no complaints. I pushed them as much as possible in a foot of mixed snow and they really dig in. I think i am one size down from you.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/crr-523311

They cost the same as the V61 and are 4-ply. I run them backwards in winter, they work much better than the old worn out rib tires on my Case w/48" caster. But my single stage Case probably weighs about half of the Bolens and i have a lot of weight on back so need the fronts to really dig in.

I will say the Carlisles run a little small and have a tiny "made in China" molded into the bead where they would never be seen again. I figure to swap the wheels around so the tread faces "frontwards" after winter so maybe they won't dig into the grass, will see, good luck with your search
 

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I run the V61's on my diesel and love them

It's amazing how much difference it makes running the ags backwards on the front in the snow,they dig in much better and turn a whole lot better (IMO)
.Agreed. For steering in snow, the reversed AG's are the best thing I've tried. Beats my triribs, chained turfs and the V61's.
 

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Thanks for the input guys!

i do love the looks of ag's and turf tires as well, though I think these bar tires look nice and would be very practical for me. I feel the turf tires lack a bit of grip on the hard pack snow with the slope of my driveway. I also feel if I were to purchase ag's I would be wanting fronts and rears to match, and well running chains on ag's doesn't seem like it would work well for rears. Also my rear turf tires were brand new when I purchased the tractor last winter. From the looks of the bar tires they should grab the hard pack well with the weight of the tractor and blower while looking good and supporting the weight of the two stage well.
 
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