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Rookie Question Number 2

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by wildcatter, Nov 1, 2002.

  1. wildcatter

    wildcatter Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Tire Chains???? At what point do you put them on???
     
  2. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Only when it's about impossible to move without them. Too much damage done with chains on pavement. In your area you probably see more icing events than we do up here and that is the exception. If we get serious ice the chains go on the spreader trucks. But, that's only so we can get around to spread safely and we're not likely to be thrashing around with them on.
     
  3. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I use them whenever we get the heavy wet snow that packs up under your tires, you just sit and spin otherwise. I also use them during blizzard conditions, you need them just to get to the jobs.
     
  4. Tommy10plows

    Tommy10plows Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    Chains- at what point?

    Chains do not damage roads, cowboy dirvers do.

    Chains should be an essential tool for you if you want to do steep drives, icey roads, if you do not know the underlying conditions of the road bed when you plow any sort of grade, or if you are going in on someone else's job they screwed up.

    Chains are tools of the trade, but like any tool they must be used properly. You are not supposed to spin your wheels with chains when starting up, you let the chains bite in and start your push slowly, then increase your speed. Your chains should fit the tire properly (right width, shoulder height, and length for your tire size) and should be snugged up properly. And you should carefully inspect your chains prior to installing them, and after removal at the end of your plow run.