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Best Plowing Tires for F250

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by maxslights, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. maxslights

    maxslights Member
    Messages: 38

    I have a 2004 F250 with a Blizzard 8600HD. This winter I ate through 2 of my newer Michelin LTX MS2 tires. They're about 18 months old and have about 15K on them. They handled okay in deep snow, but not what I thought. I'm looking at Cooper Discoverer AT/3 or the BFG All Terrains that come stock on the truck.

    I'd like something with a more open tread pattern like the Cooper Discoverers. Any suggestions?

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    cooper discoverers are good i had some on a 2-wheel drive dump many many years ago,
    i hav mud/snow tires just for winter, and cheep all seasons for summer.
  3. cda817

    cda817 Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    I just bought a set of studded Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx for my F350 pickup and I love them! They are snow only tires but they are worth it to me after running half worn Toyo A/T's during our blizzard and having no traction I am switching all of our trucks to dedicated snow tires and dedicated summer tires.
  4. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Hankook tires hold very well add studs and they will go anywhere
  5. maxslights

    maxslights Member
    Messages: 38

    I forgot to mention the 2 that are worn down are NOT in the back only. One is rear drivers side, and the other is front passenger side. The main reason the back tire was worn down was because my "auto" hubs don't always lock. Once I locked the hubs everything worked smoothly.
  6. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Don't go with BFG Rugged Trail T/As, which I assume you meant by stock. Go BFG Commercial T/A Traction or All-Terrain T/A KO
  7. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    I have 285/75/16 bfg at kos on my 250, I wasn't sure hoe they would do in snow but they have been great. I would recommend them. Ideally I would have a dedicated set of snow tires though
  8. lawnboy2121

    lawnboy2121 Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    Bridgestone duelers work well
  9. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    general concensus is that:

    cooper discoverer
    bridgestone duelers
    bfg at ko's

    are all good to go. the new goodyear wrangler duratrac has had positive reviews as well, I'm tempted to try them but I have also heard they have weak sidewalls and like to roll a bit when turning hard with a heavy diesel front end.

    basically, you want alot of siping, which are those jagged lines into the tires. they bite onto the slick surfaces. the more edges you have the better.

    true snow tires also have softer compounds so they stay pliable in the colder temps.

    SHAWZER PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,122

    Just bought 4 cooper discoverer m&s tires . Dedicated snow tires i get 5 to 6 winters out of them.tymusic:drinkup::D
  11. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 745

    Def. not Toyo Open Country A/T. Ran those for a season and they sucked. Believe it or not, my summer Mickey Thompson Baja A/t's did way better than those junk Toyo's. I'm going to try the Duratrac tires next i think. 2006 f350 diesel btw.
  12. my69coronetrt

    my69coronetrt Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I run cooper disc. S/t maxx and love them on my 250 powerstroke.
  13. cda817

    cda817 Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    I have Goodyear duratracs on my other pickup and love them. I use that truck for accessing a wood lot that we maintain and has no developed roads and they are a beast in the mud and snow. Have not noticed any issues with a load in the bed,trailer, or plow on the front end. Would have put them on my truck that we just put the cooper s/t maxx's on but you can't stud the goodyears and I wanted that. Also have about 30k on them right now and will get 10 or so more.

    Stay away from toyo a/ts I got 28k out of them and they were not great in the snow. Best warm season tire that I have found are BFG Rugged Trail T/A good all around tire we are seeing 50k out them and staying safe. I have 36k and probably 10k to go on the set on my 350 dump and they are notorious for chewing through tires.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2013
  14. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    It's funny you say that about the Toyo's. I have 285's that I put on steels for my F350 and there are great. The Michelin LTX are the worst tires I've run in snow, they come stock on my summer wheels which is fine. I have bfg rugged trail's on my 250 and I use them year round, not too bad of a tire. I use to run bfg a/t ko, but ate thru two sets of them in my previous trucks..dont last, but ok in the snow. It's funny consumer reports posted that the LTX were the best pick for a truck..I'm a loss on that one. I got stuck all the time with them.
  15. cda817

    cda817 Senior Member
    Messages: 284

    Let me amend my statement on the Toyos they were good in the snow but nothing compared to the Goodyear or Coopers and the Life to cost ratio was not worth it because for a little more you can get something much better.
  16. EXR

    EXR Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    Ya eh. Well I've only had them since November. See how they are next winter. If they wear out quick I'll look into something else. I'm a huge believer in tires...for cars/bikes/trucks
  17. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

  18. MR. Elite

    MR. Elite Senior Member
    from E Town
    Messages: 542

    Goodyear DuraTracs #1
    Bfg All Terrain #2
    Nitto Terra Grappler #3
    jus my .02$
  19. treefarm

    treefarm Member
    Messages: 49

    I used to be a big B FG fan, however when people say they last I consider the last 5/32 useless considering its hard as rock's on the ice and snow it's like driving hockey pucks. However when they are new nothing rides like them the truck response and handles like a race car with that being said my new favorite tires Nitto Terra Grappler very cheap and contrary to reports that I have heard are lasting well after one season of snow plowing traction was incredible on ice like they were studded snow tires . The next time however I will buy the right size I always upsize my tires the B FG 305/65/18 handle predictable however the Nitto 295/70/18 are way too soft side wall i run them at 75 PS I in the front just to keep them from rolling on the sides don't make a quick maneuver or you'll end up in the ditch on a 1/2 ton truck they would probably be OK just not a 1 ton truck with a plow. So that would be their only downside and don't get me wrong that's quite a considerable downside but I will reserve judgment until I put the correct size 275/70/18 on probably two years from now perhaps someone can chime in with the correct size and give you a report on handling characteristics traction would never be a consideration their awesome but handling that's another story :)
  20. frankieplower

    frankieplower Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    BF Goodrich TA KO a must!

    Those three ply sidewalls really save you from bruising damage. Seen a lot of guys KO'd because of shoddy sidewalls on the tires!