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Tires for plowing, 265's vs 285's

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Lynden-Jeff, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433


    Just buying some new tires, am I going to notice a huge difference with driving preformance on a slightly wider tire? I am running the 265's now. Control while driving and grip are of course my two main concerns.

  2. TLB

    TLB Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    I run 295's on my lifted Avalanche 2500 that is my daily driver and I will say that I notice a difference form a skinnier tire. I do use 265's on my plow truck.

    Anybody running 285's on a plow truck?
  3. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    I run 285/75 on my truck. If you have the right tires and 4x4 your fine. I run the Revo's and I had no problem in the snow, im always in 4wd though, I never try to plow in 2wd.
    My other truck (no plow) I run 36x14.5 super swampers, long as its in 4wd your good.

    Im up for new tires before winter, and I will be buying 285's again.
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    I run 285's on all my plow trucks.

    A taller tire seams to work better in the deep snow or uneven terrain.
    They seam to roll over obstacle easier also.
    I think the ride quality is better too.
  5. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    Im going to go with the 285's, I dont really think they are that much bigger. I had the 265 nitto terra grapplers last year and was very pleased, so im going to give it a go again this year. For $185 a tire installed they are not bad.

  6. RAZOR

    RAZOR Senior Member
    Messages: 343


    I would stay with a narrower tire for winter. I have 265-75-16 now but for my next set I'm going for 235-85-16's. I think they might even be a few $ cheaper.
  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I run 285 70 17 BFG All Terrains while plowing and step it up to 315's the rest of the year. Works great.
  8. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    We run 235/85 R 16 on our trucks. Work much better than the wider tires.
  9. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    He's probably right that a tall narrow tire works better in the snow.
  10. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Wider tires will have a greater tendency to float over the top of the snow and skinnier tires will have a greater tendency to cut through the snow to the road underneath. Of course there are a million variables like the snowpack, tread pattern, tire pressure and whatever else. Taller narrow tires are the best choice for winter. If I ever go to using summer and winter tires adn wheels I'll go back to stock 245 winter tires adn use 275 or 285 series summers for the look I prefer.