Auto size wheels were included in design for big tires, more weight and better traction, as well as high ground clearance.
Tractors were furnished with 15 or 16 inch wheels with or without tires so you could use old automobile tires for additional savings.
New 6.00x16 claw tread Allstate farmaster were recommended.
Flat steel wheels with ground gripping lugs were standard on pre-war handimans and an option for the handiman junior.
42# cast iron wheel weights were a $19 option.
'Draw bar pull, in pounds, and traction of ANY tractor on rubber tires can not be more than half the weight that is put on the wheels' David Bradley engineer
Many tractors stored or abandoned outside have rotten tires and rusty rims, sometimes unrepairable or unusable. Welding on some scrap iron can make some high traction solid wheels, and increase the tractors pulling power by decreasing the ground speed 1/3 with smaller wheel diameter.
Here is the view from the drivers seat of a 5756 pulling a sulky in the snow.
The hitch is bult from spare stock, a length of chain replaces broken transmission eye
I now have some skiis on this sulky to try out after the next snow
David Bradley tractors weigh in at a little over 220#.
Addition of wheel weights increase traction without compromising maneuverability.
Functional weights are made from surplus heavy industrial cart wheels, bolted to the wheel rims.
A great way to increase traction on hard surfaces it to use 10" bolts and a spare set of wheels.
dual wheels and farmasters on 917.5756 (pic soon)
Auto tire chains increase traction on knobbies or slicks