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Lawn Tractor Tire Chains – Buying & Installing Guide

When using your lawn tractor in the snow season, you may find that the tractor tires don’t quite have the stability and traction needed to throw or plow when the pavement is covered by hard-packed snow or is icy. Under these conditions, you can increase the traction by using lawn tractor tire chains.

 Uses

Most of the lawn tractor tire chains we sell are used on lawn tractors’ rear drive tires. Since manufacturers have been making snow throwers more and more powerful, they can also provide added grip to 2-stage snow thrower tires that would otherwise tend to slide around when under full power.

 What are the Advantages?

Not only do tire chains add extra traction to your rear wheel drive, but they also help brake up ice on your drive and walkways. Tire chains are highly suited for driveways that are inclined.

 What are the Disadvantages?

Because they are made of hardened steel, combined with the weight of the tractor, there is risk of damage if tire chains are used and operated on brick pavers. If you store the tractor in the garage, it could possibly damage weak floor surfaces.

 What’s the Difference Between 2- and 4-link Chains?

2- and 4-link refers to the spacing between skipped side links. For 2-link spacing, cross chains occur between every two side link chains. For 4-link spacing, cross chains occur between every four link chains.

 Which is Better?

It will depend on which chain spacing suits your needs. 2-link spacing tire chains will give more traction because there are more cross links and the tractor’s ride will be more steady (less bumpy). 4-link spacing chains are generally less expensive, and still provide a little extra traction.

 How Do I Know Which Size to Order?

The chain size is the same dimension that is formed into the side of the tire wall. Tire chains are available in every size used for lawn and garden tractor wheels. Some chain sets are meant for more than one tire size, and links may have to be removed with bolt cutters or by bending the connecting links with pliers.

How Do I Install Lawn Tractor Tire Chains?

You Will Need

  • Tire chain set
  • Air compressor
  • Bolt cutters or strong pliers
  • A level area of pavement to work from

 Step-by-Step

  • First, semi-deflate the tires that you will be installing chains on (by about 25% less than the full PSI)
  • Lay the chains out flat on the ground and remove any tangles
  • Lay the chain over the tire, cross chain hook facing up, and fastener to the outside
  • Tuck the first cross chain between the front of the tire and pavement
  • Move the tractor forward until the end fasteners are about axle high
  • Hook the inside fastener first, remove slack, then hook outside fastener
  • You want the chain to be hand tight (without use of tools) which will extend the life and performance of the tire chains
  • Fill tires to the proper PSI rated on tire wall – this will seat the chains to proper tension
  • Any remaining length can be shortened by removing one or more cross sections. Using pliers to pry the cross chain connecting link open and unhook (the connecting links are not made of hardened steel) or use bolt cutters

NOTE: It is important to check that you have enough clearance in both rear wheel wells for tire chains. There should be at minimum three inches of clearance between the tire and the inside wall and any drive components.

If you find that you still need more traction, some tractors have wheel weight kits that mount on the outside of the rim, or “suitcase” styled weights to add to a rear weight bar bracket, if available as an accessory. Contact our sales team with model information for price and availability.

 Lawn Tractor Tire Chains We Carry

We carry John Deere tire chain kits, and Laclede tire chains for all other brands. Contact our parts team with your tire size, or part number from the table below, for pricing and availability.

 

Tire Sizes

Part Number

Weight

Per Pair

(lbs)

Add To Cart

Part Number

Weight

Per Pair

(lbs)

Add To Cart

10/10.50×2.75

10.25×3.25

10×3.50

LA3301

3

Add to Cart

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12X3.00

 

 

LA3308

4

Add to Cart

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4.10/3.50-4

3.40/3.00-5

 

LA7106

3

Add to Cart

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4.10/3.50-5

4.10/3.50-6

12×3.50-6

LA3302

4

Add to Cart

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5.30/4.50-6

 

 

LA3309

7

Add to Cart

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13X5.00-6

 

 

LA7129

6

Add to Cart

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4.00/4.80-8

 

 

LA1301

11

Add to Cart

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16X6.50-8

15X6.00-6

 

LA3300

12

Add to Cart

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18X6.50-8

 

 

LA3312

14

Add to Cart

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18X8.50-8

 

 

LA3307

15

Add to Cart

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18X9.50-8

 

 

LA3305

16

Add to Cart

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20X10.00-8

20X10.00-10

 

LA7145

20

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20X8.00-10

20X8.00-8

 

LA1308

19

Add to Cart

LA5318

11

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6X12

23X7.50-12

 

LA5313

19

Add to Cart

LA5312

11

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8X12

23X8.50-12

 

LA4300

22

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LA4301

13

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12X12

26X12.00-12

27X12.00-12

LA5308

30

Add to Cart

LA5306

18

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23X9.50-12

23X10.50-12

 

LA5307

25

Add to Cart

LA5303

15

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24X12.00-12

 

 

LA7164

25

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8×15

25×8.50-14

27×8.50-15

LA1307

28

Add to Cart

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12.04/16

31×15.50-15

33×12.50-15

LA5324

109

Add to Cart

LA9100

66

Add to Cart

8×16

 

 

LA1311

33

Add to Cart

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 The tire chains carried by Weingartz are not intended for use on any equipment or vehicle that has not been specified in this posting.

 

 

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