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Gaining Traction

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by GreenManEnvy, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellyssian/3215734991/" title="Dangly Bits by ellyssian, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3341/3215734991_72cb19e3c2.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Dangly Bits" /></a>
    <i>Sure, the truck needs a bath, but the OnSpot automatic tire chain system is brand new! =)

    It was installed by the folks over at Kovatch in Nesquehoning.</i>

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellyssian/3215735537/" title="Street Side Closeup by ellyssian, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/3215735537_42ac2f5bcb.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Street Side Closeup" /></a>
    <i>Street Side Closeup</i>

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellyssian/3215735765/" title="Curb Side Closeup by ellyssian, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3316/3215735765_1d5b13cbf8.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Curb Side Closeup" /></a>
    <i>Curb Side Closeup</i>
     
  2. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellyssian/3216589202/" title="Street Side Closeup, Deployed by ellyssian, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3348/3216589202_26f993b199.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Street Side Closeup, Deployed" /></a>
    <i>Street Side Closeup, Deployed</i>

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellyssian/3216589688/" title="Curb Side Closeup, Deployed by ellyssian, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3118/3216589688_8bb3bbaec1.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Curb Side Closeup, Deployed" /></a>
    <i>Curb Side Closeup, Deployed</i>
     
  3. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellyssian/3216589964/" title="LNE Trailhead &amp; Lot by ellyssian, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3505/3216589964_8d580b6064.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="LNE Trailhead &amp; Lot" /></a>
    <i>Here's the top of the hill, right at the LNE trail head. The road drops down to the left. After the last ice storm, the plow reached the brush on the right before I started to slide backwards.</i>

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellyssian/3216590406/" title="Thought This Was Flatter by ellyssian, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3365/3216590406_43d65e2670.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Thought This Was Flatter" /></a>
    <i>This is the area I slid back from, down to the left, with the front end swinging toward the camera. After 30 minutes or so, I managed to get the front end away from the camera, the side of the truck almost off the road straight ahead. Another 15 minutes or so and I managed to pull up to the LNE gate on the distant right. When I backed across, the front end swung down and to the left; I dropped the plow and made my way down as slowly as possible.</i>

    <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ellyssian/3215737631/" title="The Inspiration by ellyssian, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3495/3215737631_4209e7bb2f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="The Inspiration" /></a>
    <i>And this is the big inspiration for getting the OnSpot system installed. Last season, I had some trouble down near the bottom; this time it was at the top. For a half hour or so, I thought I was going backwards, all the way down.

    These shots were taken after climbing to the top and before plowing. The OnSpot system worked perfectly, and the traction was never in question.</i>
     
  4. Snowaway

    Snowaway Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    What are you running them on? And how much doe if you don't mind me asking?
     
  5. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    How come the chains are diffferent colors (or colours for you canadians LOL)
     
  6. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    It puts the chains on without you doing anything at all? That's amazing. What kind of truck is it?
     
  7. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    It's a Ford F-550 with an Olympian service body... you can see some pictures of it <a target="_blank" href="http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=73644">here</a> or click through any of the pictures to Flickr... if you look through the "Trucks and Stuff" set it's all this one truck, from shortly after I took delivery, to getting the plow and graphics and so on.

    The price depends on whether or not you already have air on the truck; I didn't so they had to add the compressor ~ which I forgot to take pictures of. The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.onspot.com">OnSpot</a> site has some price estimates on it.
     
  8. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    You only keep the chain wheels on during the Winter; the colors are so you can put them back on the same side.
     
  9. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,198

    That is truely amazing. Very cool video, keep us up to date how it works for you.
     
  10. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Yep, just flip the switch, they chain wheels swing down and out and start spinning, and you get traction. You have to be moving 5-15 mph or so, forward or reverse, for them to deploy.
     
  11. theonlybull

    theonlybull Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    they are the bee knees. we've got them on our 99 fl80 pumper, and our new rescue truck is getting them too...... they won't do what a standard set of truck chains will do, but dang, flick a switch, and thier down.

    keep them well greased though, we've had issues with ours sticking if thier not greased and run once in awhile (mine ya, were not out with these trucks everyday either )

    i keep thinkin' about makin' a set for my pick-up....... maybe someday
     
  12. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    looks good i hope get to used them soon . BTW is that the same kovatch as fire truck plant ?
     
  13. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Yes ~ they have a couple of dealerships (car and truck) there in addition to making KME fire engines.
     
  14. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    cool i have a buddy the works from them does the light install and electronics on those bad boys . i like to see local place like that keeping the money and job local :nod:
     
  15. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Yeah, I have some family ~ very extended family: wife's cousin's husband's brother ~ who works there, but I'm not sure what part of the company he's in. They are one of the larger employers in the county, so I like supporting them.

    I didn't get the truck from them, but if I knew they had a Ford truck dealership at the time I bought it, I probably would have. It's a bit closer to me then Bethlehem (although those guys have been great, too).
     
  16. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    after looking at the picture I think I get it... never seen anything like that. it looks like it basically continually lays it out under the tire right?
     
  17. theonlybull

    theonlybull Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    when thier deployed, the arm swings down, and the rubber wheel runs against the sidewall of the tire, this flings the chain out, infront of the tire ( or behind if yer backing up) and the tire simply drives over it.

    http://www.onspot.com/

    check out thier site, some good videos and info