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To stud or not to stud?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by roberto65, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. roberto65

    roberto65 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I am planning on putting cooper m\s 235-70-18 and am considering having then studded for my 05 F350. Currently running cooper m\s 235 -65's. The reason I'm considering them is the only time I ever have have traction issues in on warmer days on steeper blacktop driveways. Thanks

    Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  2. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I wouldn't. A good set of tires will get you traction in all winter condition's. Stud's are good but on wet, slushy roads/ lots they become even more squirley.
  3. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    What's going to happen to the blacktop driveway?
  4. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    He's going to leave nice racing stripes for years to come,lol
  5. roberto65

    roberto65 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    didn't think about that, you are right about marking up the drive
  6. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    I did studded snow tires last year (Longmont, CO) and it was perfect timing, 6th snowiest winter ever
    they were, in a word AMAZING
    I didn't even think of having to plan ahead, the tires didn't slip, nothing.

    bleeping amazing

    worth every penny.
  7. bechbru2

    bechbru2 Junior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 15

    studs are the way to go. much better traction and less chain use
  8. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    I just put on Cooper Discoverer ATR load range E . These tire say "Let's put the plow on."
  9. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    I would have to agree that studded snows can't be stopped. they may leave some marks but its a driveway, your plow scrapes some and thats no big deal. people would rather have a clean drive, especially the steep ones.

    I had studs on my 2wh ranger back in '90, actually made it driveable in the winter.
  10. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    The added traction for residential work is great insurance. One little slip and you may be off the side of a very steep driveway.
  11. roberto65

    roberto65 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Thanks for the reply's I think Ill give the studs a try
  12. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    lost an acct this year because we " scratched their blacktop" and they thought I should resealcoat 150 driveways. kicker is we use poly edges on the drives. can't imagine using studs, but if your in the mountains it may be needed. check out walnut and glass mixture they work great and don't mar drives.
  13. roberto65

    roberto65 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    we have anywhere from 35-60 plow days a year, driveways get pretty scratched up no matter what