LX2610 Tire sizes

Old_Paint

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It all comes down to your expected uses as you did an excellent job of explaining. To some, the increased turning radius may not be worth the added ground clearance and extra room for liquid ballast, but for others it may. Since I have the MMM, it made my decision an easy one as there was only one option.
Yup, and yours is the perfect decision for you. I too considered the MMM, but wasn't interested in turf tires to be able to replace my lawn tractor and not tear up the lawn. I wanted something that I knew was gonna pull when I wanted it to, which meant a bar lug tire and stay off the 'grass'. I was quite impressed with how little damage the R14's do to the lawn, though. Until I got silly and drove it on the yard after a prolonged soaking rain. Oops.

Funny, but my little lawn tractor (22HP) has nearly as much HP as the LX(24.5 HP). I'm pretty sure it ain't gonna hold the LX a candle for pulling, though.
 

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If there's a torque issue, I haven't noticed it. The larger wheel/tire width/diameter certainly adds a lot of rear ballast weight if you have them filled, and that ballast won't affect your FEL or 3PH capacity at all. If I was having a tractor drag race, then maybe I'd worry about the slight difference made by the larger tires and heavier ballast, but considering ground clearance and weight was my target, they're perfect for me. I'm not sure that more ground torque is going to help if I already have enough to stall the engine or spin all four tires on flat dry soil when pulling something stubborn. You'll just spin your smaller tires sooner because you don't have the mass for the traction despite having a slightly higher torque applied at the ground. What's the point of having another 10 or 20 ft-lbs if the tractor doesn't have the mass to use it? The larger, heavier, wider tire is going to work a little better on softer surfaces simply because it has more tread contact with that surface. if you're on a hard flat surface, it isn't likely that a lot of torque is going to be needed because you typically aren't pulling anything hard to move on such a surface. I'm pretty sure I'll run out of engine RPM (governor) long before I run out of the additional horsepower needed if I'm driving at top speed. I don't operate on the road (requires a tag and STRICTLY on-road diesel in Alabama if you do). I'm not sure I'd want to be at top speed on a little tractor anyway. It ain't a Ferrari, and running that fast with lifted loads (the county/state frowns on dragging attachments down the road) is probably not the wisest choice of operation. Stability? They're big, they're fat, and they're HEAVY. Despite raising the COG sligthly, the additional weight/width seems to compensate for that increase quite nicely. At first, I was a little worried about the height, but have found it to be less of a factor than I feared because of the weight. As far as turning radius is concerned, I'm quite pleased with what I have. I have too many obstacles to worry about it being a problem anyway, and worse come to worst, there's always a cutting brake maneuver. That's why I have two brake pedals, isn't it? My preference isn't for everyone, but I can't see why someone that doesn't have the big tires would call them a disadvantage. I don't think I'll run out of enough torque to climb any incline I'd dare put the tractor on, and since I don't get in any tractor races, I'm not sure the increased speed is gonna benefit me either. It has three ranges, after all, and the Low Range will make it plenty strong on any terrain. I might be able to outrun you in Low range, but is that an advantage? Not in my opinion, unless Low Range Drag Racing is the objective. That isn't what I bought a tractor for.

The ONE possible disadvantage that I've found so far is that the 3PH links seem to be a bit short, and lift my box blade going over even a slight crown (front to rear) and will actually aggravate that crown and wants to create small hills instead of levelling. Pushing backward a couple times, or skimming with the FEL usually resolves that problem, though. I do like the ground clearance because I have MANY stumps and holes on my property (which I intend to remedy) as well as some pretty rough terrain that I don't want to get hung on as I progress with my landscaping projects.

The large R14's were my decision at no extra cost because I originally wanted to put the BH77 on it. I wanted all the help I can get to avoid dragging it when loading/unloading from my trailer. If you don't want them or don't need the features they offer, then they're not for you, but I don't think that makes them any kind of disadvantage. Lack of need is not a disadvantage, and I can't imagine you not being able to pull anything with a LX2610 in normal applications for a compact tractor. If you can't pull whatever you're trying to move because of tire size, you probably needed a bigger tractor, especially if you're going to be doing that on a regular basis.
Man oh man, you could have ended at your first sentence, lol. Unless you're talking face to face, sure as shit something always gets lost in either a text or answering in written form. In any event, if I can take anything away from this, I say the R14 tires were an excellent choice.
 

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Man oh man, you could have ended at your first sentence, lol. Unless you're talking face to face, sure as shit something always gets lost in either a text or answering in written form. In any event, if I can take anything away from this, I say the R14 tires were an excellent choice.
Sorry, I do ramble a bit when I want to explain myself. Old engineering habit created by writing a lot of testing reports. There seemed to be a lot of "advantage" and "disadvantage" speak, and if someone is thinking that the larger R14's is going to make a significant difference in their tractor's power, nah, won't do it. Like I said, if there's a difference, I can't feel it. Hope I never do, LOL. The SU is a beast with big feet. I can't see not getting the big tires on an SU, but that's just my preference and suits my needs. I would recommend spacers, though. It's TIGHT under those fenders. But, if we all were exactly the same and wanted the same things, the world would be pretty boring.
 

MidwestGuy

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Thanks Again for all of the help, I hope I can add to the knowledge base when the time comes.
I'm going with the smaller tires, mainly because I still want the mower, and as soon as I put the big tires on someone is going to post a 60" MMM for sale cheap!

Now the waiting game, dealer is trying to get a backhoe, they are a decent size dealer so hopefully he can make it happen.

Bob M
 
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Sorry, I do ramble a bit when I want to explain myself. Old engineering habit created by writing a lot of testing reports. There seemed to be a lot of "advantage" and "disadvantage" speak, and if someone is thinking that the larger R14's is going to make a significant difference in their tractor's power, nah, won't do it. Like I said, if there's a difference, I can't feel it. Hope I never do, LOL. The SU is a beast with big feet. I can't see not getting the big tires on an SU, but that's just my preference and suits my needs. I would recommend spacers, though. It's TIGHT under those fenders. But, if we all were exactly the same and wanted the same things, the world would be pretty boring.
Don't remember saying anything about "power" difference.

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Don't remember saying anything about "power" difference.

SDT
You didn't say that, someone else did. I wrote what I said based on several comments. The other person said it would take more HP to roll the tractor down the highway with bigger tires, and even more if they're filled. While accelerating, correct, until wind drag and friction are the only thing holding the tractor back, or the grade becomes steep enough, I guess. But that's normally why we have multiple ranges (gear ratio selections), yes? If wind drag is an issue on a tractor, you're doin' it wrong.