Hi All, I want to make a set of tire chains for my ford 9n. It seems like someone once said something about having done so and even knew the sizes and lengths needed. Does this ring a bell to anyone? TIA Rick
Hi Karl, I was thinking about making a set that are like the type they use on log skidders, with the rings in them above the thread. And then weld lugs onto the rings. You are right in assuming I was making them for snow, and I will use them for dragging logs. I know what you mean about the barrel of sand on the three point hitch! I had the rear tires fluid filled years ago and it made quite a difference. I think I will take your suggestion and look at the farm store first and see what they want for them, although I really wanted to weld up the ring design because the chain can not lay inbetween the lugs that way. I'll check the price! Rick
I bought a set for my Super-A from these folks recently. The Duo-grip style simulates the skidder chains, keeping them above the treads. Prices were good, delivery was fast and inexpensive. Though they seem to be fine, the chains were made in China, if that matters to you.
A number of years ago, my dad made a set of tire chains like you are talking about. Actually he bought a set of pretty much worn out tire chains at an auction sale for a few dollars and used them as a starting point. If I recall correctly, the round rings are made out of about 3/4 inch diameter rod. I was not there when he made them, but I assume he heated the rod up and wrapped it around a big pipe. Welded some short pieces of the same rod on the rings to provide lugs for ice traction. A bit of hard facing on the ends of those lugs provides extra wear resistance. Chain links welded on the OD of the big rings provide attachment points for short lengths of chain to attach the big rings to the side loops and to each other. His tractor is quite a bit bigger than yours, but it will climb thru most anything when it has the tire chains on it. Biggest problem is that the tire chains weigh so much that handling them to install them is a heck of a job. Once they are on, they do not get taken off until spring.
Putting heavy chains go on is a snap if you put a twine through the wheel where the lugs keep the rim on the wheel. Tie a side end of the chain to each end of the twine drawing one end of the chain against the tire from the rear of the tractor. Tie the twine to the chain back from the end far enough to make hooking easy. Straighten the chains out behind the tractor. Drive ahead and the chain will lead right around the tire. You may have to straighten the chain a little as it leads over the tire. Stop when the lead end of the chain starts coming up the rear of the tire. Hook the safety hooks, cut the twine and your ready to go. I put both chains on at the same time usually alone on a set of 15.5 X 38 tires. They weigh at least 150# apiece. I carry 800# on the 3pt hitch, 8 1/2 foot snow bucket, on an a 2640 JD, good outfit.
Yep This is exactly the way I put mine on . They are a bit bigger then yours at 18.4 X 38 . I figure about 150 lbs. a side is about what mine weigh . I have a front 10 foot blade , fluid filled tires and cast wheel weights . I have no problem even with frozen berms . Mine are not ring chains but the " D " pattern cross links . Anyone that has to handle a heavy set of chains should give this a try . Bought my set for 35 bucks and had to add about 2 feet of extansions . I know not much help now but out of season you can pick these up pretty reasonable . I would not likely buy an el-cheapo set . I think I would tear them up . Ken Cutt