I have an older Craftsman snowthrower which is about 20-25 years old
(still starts on the first pull!) It has the old style hard rubber
tires with chains. I was wondering of anyone has replaced these with
the newer style air filled tires that don't require snow chains. The
mounting of the wheels to the shaft seems pretty straight forward with
just a bolt going through the shaft. It would seem as though the hard
part would be finding the right wheels and tires to fit. Thanks for
On 2 Feb 2004 07:39:24 -0800, email@example.com (Steve P.)
My experience here in New Jersey is that no matter what the tires are
made of or what they look like or how big the knobs are you are still
going to need the chains. Without the chains, my MTD with big-ass
knobby air-filled tires used to slide all over the place in even
moderate snows. I got chains.
I agree. I have an Areins with air tires. After 15 years the chains finally
wore through. Boy, do I miss them. Definitely needed.
I also have a 16 horse Cub cadet lawn tractor with a snow blade and big rear
tires. It's pretty worthless unless it has chains on (and then it's only
slightly worthless. Don't ever buy a snow blade for a lawn tractor)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Miller) wrote in message
The reason I got interested in doing this is because both my
neightbor and my father have newer Ariens snow throwers that use this
setup and I have found it to be far superior to the jostling and
damage to my driveway cause by the chains. I'm suprised they don't
work well for you, I've found sometimes they have too much traction
and force the front of the machine up and over the snow bank. Anyways,
I have done some investigating on the web and have found several
companies that sell replacement wheels but I need to find out how to
make them work with shaft on my Craftsman. Also, I was able to find
"snow hog" tires that appear to come standard on new snow throwers.
Thanks for the reply.
On 2 Feb 2004 14:34:50 -0800, email@example.com (Steve P.)
You may have better luck than I did, and I hope you will. But you are
reading about it; I've got practical experience. "Snow hog" tires are
what came with mine, but the thing slips and slides without chains ...
even when I pin the wheels so both are powered. I can hold the front
down with the handlebars to keep it from climbing drifts, but the only
way to keep the wheels from slipping is to back the blower up and try
it again at a different angle ... unless I've got chains on.
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