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automatic tire chains

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Bulldozer, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Bulldozer

    Bulldozer Member
    Messages: 92

    I was thinking about the Onspot tire chains that towns use and was wondering if anyone has put them on their one tons.
  2. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    I've got them on my F-550, and they really help in ice and shallow snow, but my real problem is the tires themselves.

    Be careful with what else you use the truck for: I bent one with a pop-up boulder while taking a load of deer fencing up the side of a mountain an old charcoal road last April, and then I knocked the other one out of whack in the last big storm when a chunk of ice came up and hit it.
  3. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    There is a guy here who owns a heavy truck repair shop and he has them mounted on his F350 SRW. I think it was kind of a demo but he does use them.

    JRKRACE Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    We have them on all of our fire trucks and they do help with traction, especially on the lighter rigs. The biggest problem we have is when drivers lift them up while the truck is standing still. A lot of things getr bent up that way....
  5. GreenManEnvy

    GreenManEnvy Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    The guys at Kovatch (KME) installed and take care of mine. They do great work ~ I'm lucky to have them just up the road from me.
  6. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 545

    Kovatch is a distant cousin of mine. Say hello for me. Use to meet them at funerals but that whole generation has finally died off. Bought a few trucks from them but being a distant relative didn't save me anything.
  7. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    How do they work for stopping? Once you lockup a wheel it wont spin the chain under the tire.

    JRKRACE Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    They're really more for traction than for stopping. They do help a little bit though...
  9. RichG53

    RichG53 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,135

    Where the Picture of them ????
  10. rebelplow

    rebelplow Senior Member
    Messages: 147

  11. dan67

    dan67 Member
    Messages: 97

    That is a real common item around here, I even saw them on the snap on tool truck the other day. There on most of the school buses.
  12. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    I would really like to put them on our F750 but concerned with the durability of them when using the truck for construction purposes and going to the dump.