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Automatic chains for Dump trucks

Discussion in 'Government Property Snow Removal' started by Woody Nelson, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Woody Nelson

    Woody Nelson Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I was wondering if anyone has seen a municipality using them and if they liked the results. I've been looking in to them and would like other opions of people who have used them on their trucks. Single axle or tandem.
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I see them on ambulances, fire trucks, and oil trucks around here. I have been told they help when you are still moving and need more grip, like backing up a slippery driveway. They don't do any good once you are stuck.

    I don't think they would work on a plow truck.
  3. bighornjd

    bighornjd Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    They are Ok for say going up or down a hill when slippery but you have to engage them while still moving not after you start spinning. And once your stuck they are useless. County my Dad works for has them on all their trucks. He says they are nice to have but arent much good in more than a couple inches. They are only for tough spots, you're not really supposed to use them all the time. When it gets real bad they just chain up the old-fashioned way...

    In my experience seeing them used on fire apparatus, they generally arent used properly, and when used improperly or going off the road even when not in use, they are very prone to damage that is very expensive to repair. I would not shell out the money on anything I own for them but thats just me, not saying they don't have their place.
  4. WingPlow

    WingPlow Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    we run them on all our trucks and we love them..
  5. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Designed for low speed traction. About $1600. Like was mentioned, probably not the best for deeper snow. Ambulances around here use them, not plow trucks.
  6. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    Most ambulances are RWD too
  7. LON

    LON Senior Member
    Messages: 749