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Tire Pressure...

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by tooch420, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. tooch420

    tooch420 Senior Member
    from LI,NY
    Messages: 133

    Hey guys, I'm new to the game and very excited to get out when it snows and plow. I run Toyo Open Country M/T's and I can put them up to 80psi. What should I be running in the fronts with the plow on thats best for traction in the snow.

  2. UpstateServices

    UpstateServices Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    What is your setup?

    Truck,Plow, etc.

    use the search function......

    Me Ford F-250 SD 4x4 Western 7.5 w/ Buyers wings and 0-800 ballast.

    50 PSI all round on 265/75/16s
  3. nick4634

    nick4634 Member
    Messages: 35

    ideally as high as safely possible for 2 reasons 1 traction, more pounds per square inch and 2. so the tires wear more evenly.
  4. tooch420

    tooch420 Senior Member
    from LI,NY
    Messages: 133

    2006 gmc sierra 2500hd w/small lift; boss 7 1/2' standard duty; tires - lt285/75 r16

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,286

    I run mine at 80psi, you'd run the rears at 80 if you had 1000lbs of tongue weight on a loaded trailer behind it wouldn't you?
  6. Army Vet

    Army Vet Member
    Messages: 47

    I run 75psi on all of them! Listen to the above post! Go with the listed PSI!
  7. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    80 psi for me
  8. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

    Aaaa NOT TRUE on over inflated tire will wear out in the center of the tread.
    Proper tire pressure depends on
    tire construction
    weight the tire will support
    rim width
    max allowable tire pressure (dont exceed)
  9. tooch420

    tooch420 Senior Member
    from LI,NY
    Messages: 133

    Thanks for all the input everyone, I think 75 all around sounds good, these tires are E rated and at that pressure they can stand up to the abuse of the plowing.
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Well, at least one intelligent post here. That's unusual on a tire PSI thread. Most guys inflate their tires "like they order carbs. What's the biggest number?" *

    The most accurate way to determine PSI requirements is to weigh each axle of the truck in it's ready for snow condition, plow up in the air. Then consult an inflation/weight table for your size load range tire. You'll generally be surprised how low the pressure should be. Proper inflation results in better ride, handling, and tire wear. And most important for plowing, traction. I ran 235/85 LR E tires on my K2500. During the summer I ran the fronts at 40-45, rears at 30-35. Truck ride nice, handled well, tires wore nice and even. I would add some air to the rears for towing a heavy load. In the winter, I ran 60 all around.

    *Line stolen from B&B
  11. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,142

    I bought new tires on my 07 2500hd, last december. Reason was that the tires were worn down in the center because the dealer told me to run them at 80psi cause thats what they were rated for. When I got the new ones, I expirimented and found that 70 psi gave me more traction in the snow due to a wider foot print and the truck was ALOT more comfortable to ride in. Keep in mind I had a 7.5 Meyer CP8 and a pallet of salt in the back too.
  12. tooch420

    tooch420 Senior Member
    from LI,NY
    Messages: 133

    THANK YOU... This is the answer i was waiting for, I wanted to know what was the best psi for Plowing as far as traction and for the added weight.
  13. dlcs

    dlcs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,142

    No problem. Just remember the lower the psi, the more sidewall flex you get. Just don't get crazy and go to low, myself i wouldn't go lower than 60psi in the front but 70psi is where i run now. I always have a pallet of salt in the back when plowing and in the summer pulling a 18' trailer with two ztrs, 6 days a week. Watch your tread where, it will tell you alot. But I never run at 80psi anymore, beats me to death.