Usually, front chains are unnecessary, because the front wheels only need to steer.
Back in my Professional days, I had Front Chains for one of my Plow tractors, as I occasionaly would run into customers with icy driveways. Front Chains allow slightly better steering ....
Unless you're doing this professionally, you probably wouldn't use chains often enough to justify the cost...
I have a quote on my desk for my 130 where they are quoted at $65.00. Pretty steep. I think the generic ones I bought at home depot 10 years ago for my MTD were $30.00. Did the price of steel go up
Umm as for hard to put on, I used to use 4 broken links and bend them open and closed with two plyers to attach the chains. If the new ones don't have anything nice for attaching, I will use the quick links from HD that have a nut.
I paid $75.00 for chains & weights about 3 years ago. Both are a must for pushing snow. No chains on the front. My chains are easy to put on, just need a pair of pliers to twist the link thru & that's it. I leave the weights on year round for mowing the bank behind the house.
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