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Skid Steer Chains alternatives.

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by rob1325, Feb 16, 2006.

  1. rob1325

    rob1325 Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    I getting tired of running chains on my skidsteer Cat 262 Two speed. They are nice but always have to be careful when turning and the ride getting to me. Anyone else setup something different. I looked at snow wolf tire setup and others. I really want to try some skinny Ag tires. I have Ag tires on my smaller loader and never get stuck with it in the snow. Anybody hear of anybody doing this and how? Or some other alternative? Any input appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. vis

    vis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 324

    these are the best tires i have ever put on a machine....best in the snow, wear down slowly, aggressive in mud/snow/dry/ moist soil...

    http://www.unitractires.com/products.asp?dpid=2.2

    There are 3 tires in the pic.... the tire on the left is the best.
     
  3. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    A pair of truck tires on steel rims seems to work best.
     
  4. vis

    vis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 324

    truck tires are strong enough to be skidding around like that?
     
  5. rob1325

    rob1325 Senior Member
    Messages: 297


    Do they ride through the snow as good as with chains? Also, they still look wide.
     
  6. Tires

    Rob ditch the standard skid steer tires. At 14" wide they are not meant for snow. You can get Ford 8 lug 3/4 ton steel or aluminum rims and 235/75/16 E RATED studded snow tires and have great traction without chains. The Ford rims will need the holes opened up a little to fit but work excellent.

    Are you using 2 or 4 link chains? 2 links get much better traction and are a lot smoother.
     
  7. vis

    vis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 324


    if you mean riding thru the snow with out pushing it yes they will spin but if you are pushing a box or bucket they will be fine. never had to use chains so i cant compare them...the ones we have are alot narrower than the stock ones and im very impressed on the way that they grip...of course the only way to get good traction on ice is studs or chains...but regular snow pushing and stacking these worked great for us.
     
  8. rob1325

    rob1325 Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    Thanks for the advise. I will probably try prowiz way of ford rims and studded in the back tires and regular in front. These cats have more weight out back than fronts and the fronts drag more.

    Thanks again.
     
  9. drmiller100

    drmiller100 Senior Member
    from idaho
    Messages: 119

    like the man said, the 2 link chains ride fine.

    next year will be trying ford wheels and going narrow.
     
  10. getmydrift

    getmydrift Member
    Messages: 44

    I bought a set of snow wolf studded tires for my S250. a big change, used to run chains all the way around, tough ride. the ride is a lot nicer, even on my 7% driveway, no slip. been using them since december and no problems. I imagine you have to watch how you skid on dry pavement to keep the studs from wearing down. they are a bit pricy, 1200. for wheels and tires.deepest snow I have run in is 18 inches. been a light winter out west also.
     
  11. zigzag82

    zigzag82 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    How do I find out more about the snow wolf tires.?
     
  12. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
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