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    ATV/UTV Tire Chains


    looking for words of wisdom for off road tire chains

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    2 link ladder



    4 link ladder



    use will be pulling my sled loaded with wood, but in winter conditions


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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    I think it's obvious that a diamond pattern would work best, but is also most expensive, 4 link ladder is cheapest by far but would they be adequate, I load my sled with 750-1000 lbs of wood

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    On the tractor forums they make note that the ladder chains fall in between the lugs. Lugs on your tires may not be deep enough for that to be a concern.

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    On the tractor forums they make note that the ladder chains fall in between the lugs. Lugs on your tires may not be deep enough for that to be a concern.
    that was one of my concerns, not so much with the set that is on the UTV right now as they are worn, but my other set is like new and the lugs are deep

    my only real experience with tires chains is on a 2wd pickup truck during heavy snowfalls on the street, I have noticed every logger I know uses the diamond pattern or more often ring chains on their skidders

    searching online, I am finding chains at all kinds of prices but the best place that I am assured of a quality chain is thru Labonville, looking at 425230

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    In my experience anything less than 2 link v-bar will be of little use. They will help some but if you want to just go and not abuse the machine then the Duo style are the way to go. They will offer much better grip and will stay up on top of the tire. The one drawback is they last well and are rough going on pavement. But that's not the intended use any way. I've bought a few sets of chains from tirechains.com and have had good service and price.

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    Quote Originally Posted by Rada View Post
    I've bought a few sets of chains from tirechains.com and have had good service and price.
    I looked at that website, they are vague about their specs, they claim to better than competitors but don't give chain thickness they only specify their competitors are "thinner"

    they also don't specify it the chains are heat treated after assembly

    but they are lower price than Labonville

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    Bought diamond link with v-bars from tirechains.com, they are impressive. Not something for high speed or pavement. Get the spring style tensioners.

    The ladder style chains help, but the diamond style are where it's at for woods traction.

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    Trygg is a top brand, prices seem to reflect that.

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    I used the ladder style a lot last year. We spent most of the winter doing UTV only access work in western mass. They were sufficient in all conditions but the needed bungee cords and rope to keep them on at speed. If not they would hit the wheel well and shift.

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Trygg is a top brand, prices seem to reflect that.
    that's what I'm leaning toward, Labonville, is a local company (Gorham, NH) that I have purchased forestry supplies from before. $105/pr off the regular price seems like a decent deal as well, it's still gonna cost $320 for a complete set of 4

    I am also not impressed with tirechains.com as they don't tell ya much about there product but insist that they are "better than the competition" I'm willing to bet they sell Peerless Chain Company products and are comparing themselves to Chinese no name products...

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    So, I ordered the Trygg chains from Labonville today, having em shipped for $26, thought about driving up to Gorham to pick em up but I woulda spent almost as much in gas, and a 3-4 hour round trip thru the notch and thru North Conway & Gorham during Christmas season and hafta get up early on Saturday cause they close at noon

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

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    these are some heavy ass chains, just came in, it's cold and dark, I'll wait till tomorrow to put them on the wheels

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    One down, three to go, no way would I want to put em on outdoors in a snowbankATV/UTV Tire Chains-img_1375-jpgATV/UTV Tire Chains-img_1374-jpg

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    not at all like putting on ladder chains, hammering in roll pins on the center connections, never could get them on fully inflated tires

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    Done, just gotta mount the tires on the UXV

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    They look great. Nice heavy side chains. I bet that thing will go up a tree now.

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    zinc plated ladder chains I've had in the past are no comparison

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    Re: ATV/UTV Tire Chains

    my utv goes like a tank, better with a foot of heavy snow than it does in summer without the chains, probably put a mile in my back yard after making several loops around my trail, chains are still super tight, I expected the rears to loosen up a bit but didn't

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