How To Use Tractor Tire Chains

If you have ever tried to drive a tractor in harsh winter conditions or extremely muddy terrains, then you already probably know that even tractors can have a hard time navigating paths or can even get stuck.

It is true that tractors have large wheels with deep treads but even these are at the mercy of unforgiving weather conditions.  There are times when a tractor really needs to get a job done and the best way for it to get through rough terrain is to put on tractor tire chains.

Tire chains are specially designed to provide a tractor with additional traction, stability and better handling when going through snow, heavy mud or when navigating hillsides.  There are different tractor tire chain types available and each type is designed for a particular landscape condition.  Here is a brief description of each type of chain in order to help you decide which type you might need.

In order to get through severe terrain conditions, you will most likely need two-link spacing chains.  These chains provide the more stability and traction by having the links placed close together.  A cross chain placed on every second side chain link provides the stability you need to get through that harsh terrain.

How To Use Tractor Tire ChainsFor less severe landscape conditions, but where regular tractor tires still have difficulty, the four-link spacing chains will do the job.  The links in these chains are placed farther apart but can still provide traction and stability through some non-desirable terrain conditions.

If your two or four link tractor tire chains still cannot provide the traction and stability you need, then your best option would be to add V-Bars.   V-Bars stabilize your tractor better but they should never be put on when driving on concrete pavements.  These can easily cut through concrete and you might end up having to pay for the damage that they do.

For regular farm work on hilly terrain the Duo-cross group tire chains will be best. If the terrain is really not that severe but the tractor still often gets stuck or has difficulty navigating, then putting on this type of chains on the tires will help you get the job done on a regular basis.

Tire chains are not that difficult to install.  The installation can be performed by a single person, but two people can get the job done faster.  Once the chains are on and the links fastened, you tighten the chain by using the tension and locking mechanism.  It is advisable that the chains are neither loose nor too tight.  A typical chain will last for about 5 years as long as you install them at the right tension.

As a reminder, always keep safety in mind when installing chains and navigating through harsh terrain.  Accidents can still happen even with tractor tire chains on and you need to be aware of the conditions you can or cannot go through.  Also remember never to drive on concrete roads with the chains on.  If you expect to be going through concrete pavements or carefully cared for dirt paths then be smart and take the chains off before proceeding.

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