Tire Chains - Do all 4 or just the rear?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Marleywood, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Marleywood

    Marleywood Member
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    Location - Central New Hampshire, side of mountain. Driveway & Class VI road, approx 3/4 mile. Mostly Dirt & fairly level.

    Equipment - Chevy Silverado 2500HD, Fisher V2SS plow, 1,200 lbs ballast in bed.

    So, the first 600' +/- of my driveway is paved and STEEP, dropping 0ver 100' in that distance. My last chains of the truck were V-chains, due to the fact that the top part was not originally paved. I needed the grip. Last winter I used the V's on the asphalt, chained up 4x. Worked fine, but I was afraid of the damage I was doing the road surface, & anyway they were worn out after last winter. After much debate, I bought 2 sets of square link alloy (boron) chain. I figure the square link will give me more "bite" than round link, but not be as destructive as the V's were.

    Short story long, what do folks think about plowing with all 4 tires chained on a hill like that vs just having chains on the rear? My thought is having some rubber surface on the asphalt might help with traction? We've had 2 plowable storms already, I've tried it both ways. The problem with making comparisons is, of course, that every storm gives you a little something different to deal with. Heck, even one pass down the driveway may be quite different that the next one!

    Interested in the collective plowing brain-trust opinions.

    Thanks - Got a big storm coming tonight!

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  2. Hydromaster

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    When it gets bad we chain up the front tires.
    There is more weight and you can steer.
     
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    Marleywood

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    Steering, hmm, interesting. Makes some sense.
     
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    Marleywood

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    Wait, do you mean when it gets band you chain up the fronts only ? Or when it gets bad, you add the front's to the rears you already have on? Sorry for being dense.
     
  5. Hydromaster

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    I’ve rarely chain up all 4 .
    If I’m going to go someplace or drive on pavement I’ll chain up the rear.

    But chaining up the front is better for traction
    And control. If I was still feeling that I wanted more I’ll chain up the rear tires too.

    A lot of weight in the box is a goof idea too
     
  6. BUFF

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    Chains up front if chains in back aren’t enough.
     
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    Marleywood

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    Remember, I'm asking about a very specific situation here, not generally guidelines (that was not meant to be rude in any way, I just want to keep on point). A steep, asphalt driveway. The rest of the dirt driveway and road are a cake walk comparatively speaking.
     
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  8. Hydromaster

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    smooth asphalt On an incline, with a lot of snow can always be challenging.

    Make that first pass going out down the hill my god one
     
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    Marleywood

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    Truer words have never been spoken. I keep my plow truck in my garage at the top of the hill. It's really the only way it can be done. I have my doubts anyone could come up here from the bottom on a first pass.
     
  10. BUFF

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    Skiny tires with chains on all four tires.
     
  11. Mark Oomkes

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    I'd give it a shot.
     
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  12. leolkfrm

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    what about true snow tires with studs??
     
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  13. Randall Ave

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    If needed, chains on the back. I'd have the chains for the front if needed. And me, I'd have a complete spare set in the garage.
     
  14. BUFF

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    I have a spare set of 235/85/16 studded snow tires with chains.....
     
  15. Philbilly2

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    I feel like this should have started with "hold my beer"
     
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  16. Mark Oomkes

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    I'll try just about anything once...I see it as a challenge when someone says it can't be done.
     
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    Marleywood

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    I knew someone would rise to the challenge, LOL.

     
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    Marleywood

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    Actually, my WIfe & I have a disagreement about this. Several years ago, when my old plow truck was in the shop, we had a guy I know who plows come help us in a storm. Her recollection is that he was able get up in one shot. I'm pretty sure he backed it uphill a couple & plowed down so he could come up with some speed.
     
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    Marleywood

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    Got 4" the other night. First time down with just rear shoes, no worries. Second time down? Hang on Martha! Came back up & put on the fronts too.
     
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