In Reply to: Steel Wheels posted by Brett (NY) on January 23, 2018 at 10:53:15:
Well, steel wheels were the standard OEM on tractors since their beginning, really. Look at all the old Fordsons, Rumleys, Hart-Parrs, John Deeres, et al. Rubber hadn't yet been discovered and manufacturers believed tractors need to be extra HD in weight as well. Many folks also believe the steel wheels were only on the war time 2N models, less than 12,000 actual war time models built by the way, not every 2N ever made. The Ford-Ferguson 9N Tractor, released on June 29, 1939, used 9 x 32 rear tires with 45° closed bar centers. These were on 8 x 32 rims, originally 6-loop style, then Ford released the infamous Hat Rims. By 1940 Ford offered the 9 x 28 hat rims and 10 x 28 tires as options. They would soon become the OEM standard and the 9 x 32 wheels and tires obsolete. I don't about using steel wheels on dirt/gravel driveways for snow plowing though. Unless you have a true 2N warhorse, I'd opt for chains on the rears. Hre's a 1940 Accessory catalog with both...