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Help with tire chains

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 94gt331, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. 94gt331

    94gt331 Senior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 293

    Hi, I have a 2006 dodge 3500 dually. Does great pushing snow, however on steep driveways and lanes it gets stuck easy. Got new tires last season so the tires are pretty good for this season, but I think I'm going to get some chains to slip on when needed for some sketchy place I do. Question should I put chains on just the back tires when needed, or on front as well. Being a dually should I run chains on all 4 back tires or is that overkill. %90 of time chains aren't needed but it would come in handy at times. Advice needed from guys that run chains. Thanks for the help. Also chain recommendations?
  2. FredG

    FredG PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,413

    Are you putting the correct amount of ballast in the bed of your truck? If not this may be all you need. We plow in 2 wheel most of the time unless traveling from site to site.
  3. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 877

    If you just need chains to get unstuck and don't really want to use them for the entire driveway, get strap on emergency chains. I carry them; they work snd they give me peace of mind knowing that I have them. Relatively cheap too. Got mine at tirechains dot com years ago; think about $30 per pair.
  4. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    You don't want to damage the driveway spinning tires with chains. Put weight in the bed. Don't let the snow get to deep.
  5. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,092

    As the other guys mentioned add more ballast and service the property more often.
    If you need to run chains just put a set on the outside dual and don't run them up front. You probably don't have the wheel well clearance needed and you can tear up a frontend pretty quick. For more frontend traction just raise the plow a little to put weight on the front tires.
    I use V-Bar Cam lock chains when needed which is typically for mud not snow.
  6. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

    You can also search here on the site. Countless hours of reading on the subject of tire chains.
    BUFF and FredG like this.
  7. scottr

    scottr Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    Pull the outside tire off both sides so you decrease the contact patch and increase the psi on the smaller patch. This is why tall skinny tires do much better in most conditions for snow. If you still want to keep it a dully, just toss iron on the outside tire in the rear, fast and easy to do.
    FredG likes this.
  8. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,980

    i would think the nature of a duelly would require a high amount of ballast as mentioned....thinking in the 1500 to 2000 # range