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Best Tires for plowing/traction??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by AllHands, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. AllHands

    AllHands Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    hey guys,
    Just bought and outfitted a '15 Dodge 3500HD cummins single rear pickup as a new plow rig. I have wrangler duratrac's on my other 2500 and am leaning that way, but it has the dodge "snowchief" tires on it, which i looked up and they dont have good reviews for snow/ice traction. They are firestone on/off road tires. Question is, would you go with duratrac's for this truck?? has anyone had any experience with the Bridgestone Blizzak W965's or the Firestone winterforce LT's?? It will have a Western tornado 1.5yd spreader in the back. What do you guys think my best bet is on tires for this truck??? thanks guys
     
  2. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,018

    I have the Duratracs on mine. You'll get half the people on here that love them, and the other half hate them. A lot of people love the Winterforce tires though. A few people love the Blizzaks as well. If you like what you have, why not just continue with it?
     
  3. mn-bob

    mn-bob Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Another vote for Duratracs thats what we run great tire. Congrats on your new set up !
     
  4. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Pretty sure I would run the stock tires till they were toast. Why spend the money until you really have to?
    With a plow and sander, that truck will be 13k pounds...traction shouldn't be an issue.
    But when the time came, winterforce.
     
  5. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    As stated above if the tires on the the dodge are not shot I would want the service left on them. I'm sure you could find the time to put the tire of choice if not happy with tires on truck. I highly doubt a truck that heavy will have a traction problem.

    Nice truck I like them single wheel 3500.
     
  6. 32vld

    32vld Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 620

    Stock tires have always been a disappointment to me.

    Though as said by BF, I would try to use them up before replacing them. For you can always replace them whenever you want.

    And if money is not object then just make yourself happy an buy what you like now.
     
  7. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    Just because you put on snow tires (Blizzak by the way) does not mean you have to through out the stock tires. use them in the summer.
     
  8. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 231

    Get new rubber (Duratracs hands down BTW) all around! What the heck its the Holidays! If you're not good to yourself who else will!? Cheers!
     
  9. AllHands

    AllHands Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    thanks so much guys, i appreciate the input. Heres my thought process which i should have explained better. I was going to keep the stock tires and use them in the summers til they are dead. The duratracs i have on my chevy's only have about 15k and 10k and are already showing lots of wear. i LOVE the duratrac's, im just asking if anyone has he winterforce of blizzak's and thinks they are head and shoulders above the duratracs?? because the duratracs are $40-$70 more then those two. Thanks gang
     
  10. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Use the Search feature. You'll find 100+ hours of people discussing this exact same thing......over and over and over.
     
  11. 2005STX

    2005STX Member
    Messages: 39

    BFG tko 2s NO better snow tire
     
  12. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    Winterforce
    Any M+S Tire will be Just OK but a real snow tire will Rock as in Winterforce. I use these.
     
  13. 32vld

    32vld Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 620

    My son has BFG TA KO's on his Colorado, there on my Jeep TJ, and they came out with a total new TA KO's that I bought a year ago last November for my GMC Suburban. They work great in the snow.
     
  14. RIRAM2500HD

    RIRAM2500HD Senior Member
    from 02914
    Messages: 106

    I just had Firestone Winterforce LT 275x70x18's mounted for snow plow duty this winter. They look very capable for the heavy snow. In April I'll switch the tires back to the stocker HT's.
     
  15. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Blizzak looks like it would be better on ice, winterforce has more open pattern that I think would give it the edge in snow- but they have wicked sipes too. I am buying the winterforce for the F250.
     
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,445

    I hear round tires work the best.

    Get a tire without a continuous center rib.
    Look for a good amount of sipping
    Remember to get a tire with the correct weight rating.

    Soft tires do hook up better but when used on a loaded down plow truck they can wear out kind of fast.

    if your still sliding around try adding some weight.
     
  17. AllHands

    AllHands Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    ok guys, thanks so much for all your info and input! It is greatly appreciated. EVerybody be safe and have happy holidays! And snofarmer, i will make whatever i do that i do not buy any square or oval tires :) haha Thanks again boys
     
  18. RIRAM2500HD

    RIRAM2500HD Senior Member
    from 02914
    Messages: 106

    All we need now is SNOW!!!! Lol
     
  19. alpine779

    alpine779 Member
    Messages: 70

    FWIW we run the blizzaks on all our pickups and swap over to summers when the season is done. IMO there is no comparison between an 'all season' tire and winters. We are currently on our third season on our blizzaks and have good tread left.