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Why are skinny tires better for plowing?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by beatle78, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. beatle78

    beatle78 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Hi guys,

    It seems like all the 3/4 ton plow truck have skinny tires on them. Why is that?

    My '03 Silverado 1500 has 265/75/r16 on it.

    Should I put on 235/85/r16 on it to plow?

    Thanks,
    beatle78
     
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    Skinny tires = more PSI on the ground
     
  3. beatle78

    beatle78 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    so more weight on the road?

    Does that mean that you will have worse handling in dry weather b/c there is less rubber on the road?
     
  4. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 163

    My Dad is a ASE cert. Tire Pro (has been for 16 yrs....the man knows his tires) He says the
    more skinny the tire the lower your psi (like the "plowmister" said) So in otherwords with a wide tire you will 'float' on the snow/ice and with skinny tires you'll be able to obtain traction. I'll post a more detailed answer later (I'm on a BlackBerry)
     
  5. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I am pretty sure I have heard somewhere it is all about the resistance of the snow. A wide tire means your pushing against more resistance. A skinny tire will drop the resistance factor because it's pushing less. At least that is the explanation I heard.
    I am sure a 265 vs a 235 won't be that big of a deal. Now if you were going from a 12.5" wide tire to a 8" tire, that might be cause to worry about things a little
     
  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    Everything is a compromise Less rubber on the road = less roling resistance = higher gas milage and LOOOONGER stoping distance, less handling (unless its wet or snow/icy).


     
  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    skinny tire = higher psi.
     
  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I plow with 285 70 17's. The weight of a Cummins, plow, and ballast gives me plenty of traction.
     
  9. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    dry handling is all in the compound . how firm the rubber is like race cars have sticky tires .
     
  10. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    Either one and you will be fine. Pick which one you would use if you weren't plowing snow. This becomes more of an issue when you compare stock tires compared with something like 33-12.50s'
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2008
  11. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    correct!!! :nod:
     
  12. beatle78

    beatle78 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Thanks. I was thinking about a good all around All Terrain tire (and by good I mean good and cheap)

    Does anyone have any recommendations for either 235/85/r16 or 265/75/r16 tires? That are good all around and for plowing?
     
  13. stcroixjoe

    stcroixjoe Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    i just ordered 235/85/16 cooper atr's for plowing only i should have them on tomorrow and hopefully some snow this week to test them and i'll let you know
     
  14. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    Well i have a question if i put my plow down and start pushing snow out of my way does it matter what size tire or is it just when you drive thought the snow just a thought
     
  15. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,548

    Like I said
     
  16. N.W.Plow

    N.W.Plow Junior Member
    from N.W.
    Messages: 10

    I was just going to say that.
     
  17. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    As an FYI, those are not the same diameter tire. It will throw your speedo off.
     
  18. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    They are off by only 2 mm i am sure the speedo will handle it.

    The 235 85 tires are bigger then the 265 75 In height difference by 2mm in total height.

    but the 265 is 3cm (1.18 inches) bigger then the 235 in width difference
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2008
  19. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Gentlemen....

    The skinner tire, the higher GROUND PRESSURE that is applied. The higher the ground pressure, the more the tires are forced to perform thus leaving you with better traction. My trucks look silly becuase they are so big, and the winter tires are so small, but I never have traction issues. Wide tires are for summer, not winter.

    Unfortunately, that is incorrect. A 265 vs a 235 will make a night and day difference.

    You will obtain even much better traction, and spin your tires a lot less, if they were skinnier.

    BFG Radial All Terrain T/A KO

    Pushing snow, or driving over it, you will want all the traction you can get, all the time.
     
  20. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    Pushing snow, or driving over it, you will want all the traction you can get, all the time.[/QUOTE]

    I just thought i would throw that out there

    I run 245 75 R16 the Widetrack Baja AT's on the 93" and 265 75 R16 Widetract Baja AT's on the 99" they seem to work well for the price i paid some where around $575.00, however i did plow right next to a truck with new BFG's and did a vee with the other truck i found my truck sliding away from his anyway i'm satisfied with the tires.