Onspot tire chains

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mini man, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    Anyone familiar with Onspot tire chains? Pro/con
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    The truck garage that I do business with sells them. My understanding is they are only good when you are moving and the tires are spinning. Flip the switch and the motor swings the chain out under the tire. Once your stuck, the chain just bounces off the tire.
  3. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    ask around on plowsite.com there are a few more guys that have them on there.
  4. Brad Ent

    Brad Ent LawnSite Member
    Messages: 228

    You see them on school buses, fire equipment and some oil trucks around here in areas with hilly terrain.
    They work great as long as the vehicle is rolling.
    The disadvantage is they don't work from a dead stop or when the vehicle is in reverse (backing up).
  5. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    Yes always make sure you are moving(slow speed) when you kick them on. I think they help in lighter snow amounts,snow pack and some ice conditions but real deep snow we still end up putting the old style chains on the firetrucks.
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Nothing will replace tire chains those on spot things are only good for occaisonal use like a emergency.
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    Pros- none.

    Cons- They're really expensive ($5K for a large truck) and they don't work, except on fairly dry, compact snow. We tried them in our fire department and found that we needed to use real chains anyway. Once in a while onspot chains help out for an occaisional slick spot, but they IMO a big waste of money.
  8. Mini man

    Mini man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 241

    Wow! certainley a far cry from the praise on thier website!

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