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Studded Tires Necessary?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MIAWPUKEK, Jan 20, 2005.


    MIAWPUKEK Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Who's plowing with studded tires and who's plowing without.I only have 275/65/18 all-season tires on my truck without studs (of course), and I must say, I'm doing better than I thought I was going to.Normally I would prefer a narrower tire to cut through snow better and studded for the ice.See how I gets on now as the winter goes on.
  2. Ken1zk

    Ken1zk Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    When it comes to tires I look for a very aggressive all terrain tread, thats what I run on both my Suburban and my Nissan. As for studds, I was told by a transmission guy "When you plow you want a little slip when you are plowing into heavy snow mounds so you do not tare up drive-line and tranny parts" This is just his theory but it did make sense to me.
  3. Studs

    I have used studded snows for 25 years of plowing on 6 or 7 different trucks. When I got my '04 2500HD, it had the "all terrain" tires and they sucked big time. If you can afford to do it, studs are the way to go. Get a set of take-off rims and mount them up and you won't be sorry. IMHO.

    Motorman 007
  4. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    I've never had a problem plowing with regular tires. I run Cooper Discoverer AT's. One down side to studs is if you spin your tires the studs will scrape asphalt and leave a mark. I can still see marks I left on black top 6 years ago when I had a rear wheel drive Volvo.
  5. wstwind

    wstwind Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    studded tires are not legal up here. never have plowed with anything other than an e-load all terrain tire. thats always been enough for me.
  6. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    no studs here- not only do they leave cratches but the will shoot out if you get a tire that has some milage on it spinning fast.

    I agree- my neighbor (transmission specialist) said the same thing you want some slip to protect the tranny. If you don't want to put on real snow tires, Try chains. (never needed them either myself but I have a set just incase)

    All season tires means it will let you move in snow and mud, nothing mentioned about moving well. I us all season in the summer and real snows in the winter.
  7. grassmanvt

    grassmanvt Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 153

    I'm just happy when I'm not running bald summer tires. Too cheap to spring for new tires. Always end up buying half-worn used tires. The only new sets of tires I've had were on the two new trucks I bought. A bit ironic hey, I will buy a new truck but won't spring for a decent set of tires. Anyway, to try to answer your question, the more traction the better but doesn't mean you can't get by with no studs,no winters or even a bald set of summers. Although I wouldn't recommend it.If you choose the third option, a digging shovel and a bucket of sand are handy.