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Bunky

Towmaster Bar treads????

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Bunky
I have a 7016 that I want to put a new set of bar treads on.. I found a place that sells towmasters real reasonable.. Does anyone have towmasters on there Tractor????

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Kent
I haven't, but I'd want to see them firsthand, I think. I just bought a set of Duro lug tires from Tucker Tire and am not pleased with them at all, in comparison to the Chen Shen lugs I bought from them earlier. The bars are about half as thick and half as tall as the Chen Shen tires. I swapped the tires from the Big Ten over to the 2010/loader, since I wanted the most agressive tread on the loader. Then, I tilled with the Big Ten and Duro lugs -- I had to temporarily raise the tiller up a little bit a few times because I started slowly spinning (and the tires are loaded with WW fluid, plus 45 lb wheel weights)... Never happened with the Chen Shen brand... The Duros would likely be fine for mowing on slopes, etc., and wouldn't damage your lawn as bad, but they don't provide the traction in loose dirt that the larger bar tread on the Chen Shen does... Learned my lesson -- I won't buy another set of ags until I've personally seen the tread design up close....

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Bunky
Well I too purchased a set from Tucker they were "Deestones" when I got them I told mowwerman1193 that they weren't as good as the one he bought from tucker.. he said He thought they were the same then one day he stopped by and agreed they didn't have much more lug then my wore on my 3410S so I called tucker they can only get the Chen Shen.. in 23x8.50x13 and the price went up, the only tire next to it I found is the Super lug by Carlisle.... now i want to buy a Better set for the 7016... Does anyone know where to get a pair of Chen Shen's?? [img]http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/uploaded/Bunky/towmastr.jpg[/img]

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arnoldir
I've got a set of the Tucker Chen-Shen's and yes they have very large lugs. They are more agressive than the Carlisle super lugs that came on a Cub 122 I bought. I'll be watching to see if a source for more Cheng-Shen tires turns up.

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Kent
Compare those depth of those lugs, though, and I think the Chen Shen clearly wins out: Duro [img]http://durotires.com/images/tires/ditchwitch.jpg[/img] Chen Shen (from my Johnny Box story) [img]http://simpletractors.com/images/johnny_box/up_closeup_small.jpg[/img]

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Brent_Baumer
I have Duro HF255's on mine. They are 23x10.50x12's. There are 36 bars (2 rows of 18) and the bars are only 1/2" deep. They look deeper than that but measure on 1/2". Looks like Kent's have half the bars and are much deeper than mine. I did not want really deep bars because I occasionally mow with tractor mine are mounted on. [img]http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/uploaded/Brent_Baumer/HB916_2.jpg[/img] Brent

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ReedS
These area pair of 23x10.50x12 6 ply Powermasters bought through E-bay for approx. $100 + shipping. Although they probably should be mounted on wider rims they make a heck of a difference in traction over turf tires. I will probably fill these with washer fluid some time this summer. [img]http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/attach/reeds/DSCN0334m.JPG[/img]

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Brent_Baumer
Forgot to mention I paid $100 for the pair at Portland. No tax and no shipping. The Duro's are also 4 ply. Some of the ones I looked at were 2 ply and $52 ea plus tax. Brent

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Bunky
Well I can get TowMaster for $43.99 plus $5.00 shipping.. (23X10.50X12) At Tirenet.com And from what I'm gathering almost all the bartreads are only about 1/2 in lugs... Except for the Chen Shen 23x8.50X12's

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Bunky
Ok well I just got another call from the guy at tirenet He wanted to make sure i got his email about the Carlisle's being the Deepest.. He made the suggestion that if your having problems with spinning to lower the tire pressure to let the side lugs dig in more... He also told me that I wouldn't be getting Towmaster's because they didn't come in a 23X10.50X12... I would probably get Deestone's which are made by the Same Chinese Company as the Chen Shen and others... [url]http://www.tirenet.com [/url]

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HubbardRA
I have used Carlisle and Nankang tires in the 23x10.5x12 size. Both are very good. I have also used Carlisle and Firestone tires in the 26x12x12 size, and I like the Firestones much better because of the shallower tread angle and wider lugs. I would not buy any that is more than 2-ply for a garden tractor. The 4 and 6 plies are made for heavy construction equipment and are too stiff for the lighter weight tractors, and will not produce good traction. Learned most of this from over 15 years of tractor pulling.

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