Tires With Better Traction for E20

Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby jtcweb » Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:20 pm

The primary use for our E20 will be pulling a trailer around to cut and gather firewood, including going up some hills. Therefore we are interested in getting some tires with more traction. Can someone provide a recommendation?

I found in one of the manuals that the rear tires are 10.5 x 12, but when looking online for tires It looks like I need another number. My knowledge of tire number is almost non-existent so I could use a little help. We have a Tractor Supply Company near us so something they have would make life easier.
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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby m_c_0101 » Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:03 pm

The original tires were 23x10.5-12 turf tires.
Basically, the overall diameter (height) is 23" nominally. The width of the tire is 10.5" nominally. And they mount on a 12" diameter rim. Also, the tread is designed to do minimal damage to grassy surfaces/turf.

If you want a more aggressive tread, you can get lug style tires like a farm tractor uses. I have also seen ATV tires mounted for more traction.
I would think turf tires should work fine, but I'm no expert.

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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby roberttroll » Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:02 pm

If you are looking for a more "AG" look any type of bar tire would work just fine. You can also consider just adding a set of chains to your existing tires.
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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby EtnaInst » Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:15 pm

My I-5 (basically an E20) is used for snowthrowing and for hauling firewood up out of the woods. It came with "4-link" chains that seem to do a fine job for both types of work. When I got the E15 I fitted it with "2-link" chains; they have twice as many cross-links and are therefore more aggressive. That machine is used for mowing and for snowplowing. Again, the chains seem to work well. (Oh, the driveway is gravel, so there is no concern about the chains damaging the surface.) These are not the "V-link" ATV chains, which are VERY aggressive.

The tires are all quite old and have been fitted with inner tubes "just in case". They are also mounted "backwards" so as to give a wider track, though that makes it more difficult to get to the tire stem to add air. In fact, GE recommends the wider spacing when using chains.

Larry Chace, Ithaca, NY I-5 and E15
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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby mfrerking » Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:28 pm

The original turf tires provide decent traction in most cases. If you find you need a more aggressive tread, then the ag lug helps.

I have them on my E-20 for plowing and tilling the garden.
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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby jtcweb » Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:55 pm

mfrerking I think that is what we are looking for. There is a bit of a hill wee need to go up and down.

BTW what is that bar on the back?
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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby mfrerking » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:06 am

It is a mounting bracket for the tiller.

Tires on my machine are Duro brand 4 ply. Found them on eBay for a good price. Although they are marked 23 x 10.50 x 12, Duro lugs don't measure out to stated height. They are about 1.5" shorter. This not a problem for me.

Carlisle lugs will measure out to 23".

Added a front profile for you.

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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby jtcweb » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:51 am

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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby FarmallMan » Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:24 pm

I'm running these on my E20, and I've been happy with them: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-23X10-5-12-De ... 4d1272b9e8 They're a little better on the price (the listing is for a pair), and they're 6 ply. The same seller has the same tires in a different sale for a slightly higher price, but free shipping. Which is the better deal depends on where you live I guess.

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Re: Tires With Better Traction for E20

Postby mfrerking » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:22 pm

As you are going to be in "woods", I would go with a 4 or 6 ply tire. More puncture resistant.

When mounting, first decide the offset or which way you intend to mount the rims. You obviously want the lug pattern going the right direction. ;)
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