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John Deere 52 plow tire position

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:49 am    Post subject: John Deere 52 plow tire position Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I recently purchased a JD model 52 plow. It is on rubber and tires were in bad shape. I bought two new ones, one smoth implement tire for the furrow side and one traction implement bar type tread for the land side. My question is, do I mount the traction tire (bar type) backwards, as I have seen many pictures with them mounted that way and why? Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:36 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 52 plow tire position Reply to specific post Reply with quote

All BAR type tires, on a PLOW or anything when not used for pulling are mounted in reverse as they run in a resistance mode when mounted like that. The only time you need a BAR type tire on a PLOW, is if the PLOW is a ground lift, such as your # 52 clutch type instead of a hyd lift type. The reverse bars actually work to make the tire grab to the surface to promote a resistance for working clutch mechanism .
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: John Deere 52 plow tire position Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The bars on a tractor type tread are only aimed the way they are for their ability to clear themselves of mud/dirt on their next pass beneath the tractor/implement. A bar running straight across might give better traction but only if it is clear/open the next time around. Unfortunately a straight across lug would still be full of mud/dirt the second time around and wouldn't grab a full load next time , cutting traction. That's why theoretically a 23 degree bar will pull better than a 45 degree will and because of higher tech casings and compounds they have been successfull in getting a 23 degree to properly clear itself which is why they are the norm now. SO to answer your question , yes mount the grip tire backwards to what it would be on a "drive" situation (tractor) but it is because it will not clear itself if mounted the "tractor" way. Hense less traction.
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