Snow tires or chains?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by P&C Lawn Care, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. P&C Lawn Care

    P&C Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 373

    This may need to go in the Truck/Trailer category, but I posted here for more input: For the guys (and girls) who drive in the ice and snow alot (not alot here in OK) what is the best for snow and ice. Do you use studded tires or chains, or is there other options. I have an extra set of rims for my Chevy 2500 and wanted to be able to jack the rear end up and swap tires when it does get bad. I usually add about 400 lbs of sand in the bed too. We have more ice here than we do snow, but I want to be able to get around if it ever gets nasty outside. Thanks for any inputs.
  2. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    i use snow tires and about 3 to 4 hundred pounds of cinderblocks. seems to do alright for me.
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Chains for ice, pain to put them on/off but they work the best on ice. Snow your choice, but if I did not get alot of either a good set of all seasons with a little aggressive tread all I would bother with. Nothing is great for ice so I would sit inside and wait for the salt trucks, Maybe catch up on some paper work or zzzzzzzzzz

  4. STAN1366

    STAN1366 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    I've got 4 studded snow's mounted and ready to go when it gets bad. I also put 500lbs or so in my Chevy 1500, but it's 2wd w/o a posi.
  5. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Both. Studs for every day day to day use and when it gets really bad CHAINS.
    I don't know about OK but here in Oregon you run into them requiring chains throughout the winter season. Heck a pair of chains are only 80 bucks for a good pair and if used occasionally and taken care of will last a life time. Thats cheap security.
  6. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    All terrain mud+snow tires on my two wheel drive truck with around 350 lbs. of concrete blocks in bed. Dad has an ’84 Mercury Cougar rear wheel drive car that he just drives to work and back and he has studded snow tires on back of it (I’ve driven it once in snow before the studded tires it’s a wildcat, touchy throttle, rear wheel drive, not terrible heavy and no anti lock brakes :eek: ) and he puts two 40 lb. bags of water conditioner rock salt in the trunk this way he can use them if he gets stuck (rare) by putting them against the tires and in a little path to help get traction to pull out, or just put them in the water conditioner in the spring if unused. There’s only certain months you are allowed to run studded tires here, I think it’s November through March. He runs them through that whole time pretty much. He says the studs and salt helps some. My truck is awful in the snow without the blocks, I was out of town first snow of the season and had to drive back in the snow and it hasn’t snowed since I added the blocks so I hope they help a lot cause it wasn’t too good if you were on uneven or slick roads. If they’ve been salted and are level you’re fine with good tires and some weight IMO. I rode in a friends 4wd with mud and snow tires, no weight, he had the thing sliding all over the parking lot (on purpose, showing off) and still had control of the vehicle because he had power to all 4 wheels, I was amazed at the capability of it.
  7. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Chains are not allowed here. We use a good set of agressive tires, and some weight over the axles. :cool:

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