What is the best tire for plowing?

JCurtis

LawnSite Senior Member
I have used regulare M&S truck tires with relatively good success. An aggressive tread pattern helps alot.

Some All weather M&S radials aren't bad either.

I like the General Grabber MT myself. I have run them on my chevy trucks with great success.
 

Chuck Smith

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Nutley, NJ
Tall and skinny isn't always best. I run 33 x 12.5" tires. Without ballast, I have trouble, but with it my truck is unstoppable. I found out I needed ballast the first time I plowed. I added 4 bags of salt between the wheel wells, and did MUCH better. That was my first season with the tires. The next year, I added sideboards to my truck. I also began carrying a snow blower, ramps, and a gas can along with the salt I need. The extra weight works wonders for traction. Oh, and the tires I have are Cooper Discoverer or Discovery. Basically an all terrain tread like a Goodyear Wrangler. They were on the truck when I bought it, and had a few hundred miles on them.

~Chuck
 

iowastorm

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Iowa
Have a set of all season radials from General Tire on my 3/4 ton GMC and I've never had a problem. Quite surprised about it truthfully.
 

Alan

Member
We've tried several brands of tires, settled on Cooper "Weathermaster" as the absolute best snow traction tire on the market. And not terribly pricey either, I just bought 4 235/75-15 and 4 265/75-16 LT for under $600 mounted and balanced. The Coopers will out push Hakkapelita (sp) and Hakkas get good marks for traction.

If you're in an area wher the is never much accumulation from previous storms you can probably get away with lesser tires, but up here where it may get to 2' sitting on the ground and hardening up, you need all you can get if you get off the beaten track.

[Edited by Alan on 10-06-2000 at 08:41 PM]
 

iowastorm

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Iowa
We, too, like the Firestone products. They're especially helpful to our Fords when the snowplows won't drop; all you need to do is roll the vehicle over and the plow drops just fine. We call this dual mode plowing.
 

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