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Skidsteers with chains on front tires WHY?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by rich414, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    why do people, or you, install chains on skidsteers front tires??
    my chains are on the rear tires because 1. that is where all the weight is. 2. if you have down pressure on the implement the front tires are off the ground.:mechanic:
  2. bigz64

    bigz64 Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    if you are lifting close to your capacity the front tires will have more down pressure and almost none on the rear tires, i move entire trees with my skid steer and grapple and you can feel all the weight is in the front, but for plowing its rear

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    More traction! Depending on what you are doing you might have more weight on the front or the rear tires and if you are just plowing without any down pressure you will have all 4 tires biting in
  4. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,192

    I could see chaining all 4 but never seen just the front. I rarely chain up but when I do its rear only.
  5. Plow More

    Plow More Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    I think chains on the front would become more important when you are stacking such as in a large parking lot. A bucket full of snow will transfer your weight forward and your front tires are likely to be in the stack.
  6. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Honestly, I've only seen them on the rears. Why would you need or want them while stacking? When we went to Baltimore a couple years ago my tires were bald as can be and the roads were all hard pack and ice and I still got through it just fine. We did try to put chains on and they lasted about 6ft then broke....both sets! Thankfully Bobcat replaced them, they're not cheap.