Garden Tractor Snow Chains or any tractor / lawnmower chains are a must for some people. My last post was Best Way To Clear Snow From Long Drivewaysso figured I would do a quick little post about garden tractor snow chains. No one likes to put on snow chains but if you live up north in most cases it’s a must. Snow chains for tractors, snow chains atv’s, and even snow chains for lawn mowers. When it comes to a few feet of snow nothing beats a good set of snow chains to get that extra traction needed to keep you moving.
Selecting The Right Size Snow Chains
Doesn’t matter if you are getting snow chains for a tractor or a lawnmower, the sizing method will for the most part always be the same. To start off with you need to know the tire height, width, and rim size which you can determine by measuring the rim from top to bottom or side to side. The width of the tire is measured from side wall to side wall. Of course the easiest way to figure out the sizes just read the numbers on the tire described in the image posted here. For tractor tires Tractorsnowchains.com is a good place to start.
Different Types Of Tire Chains
There are a handful of different types and styles of snow chains from the thickness of the chains to the patterns. While I’m sure certain patterns might do a bit better than others they all work to accomplish the same task which is to give the tire more traction in snow.
Security Chain Company ATV Trac V-Bar Tire Traction Chain
Security Chain Company are pretty well known for their snow chains. As an example take a look at their 2 Link Spacing Tire Chains for ATV Trac V-Bar Tire. Like all their chains these are hardened for improved wear and long lasting use in demanding situations and are packaged in pairs. If you read through the comments everyone loves them and a few mention that the spring tighteners really help keep the chains snug to the tires. One customer mentioned they where to small for his tires which he might of entered the wrong sizes when he ordered them. Another customer did complain about them being light duty.
Arnold Lawn Tractor Rear Tire Chains
While mostly thought of for snow, chain tires can be used if you happen to have a steep hill you need to mow and your normal mower tires just slide to much. Arnold Lawn Tractor Rear Tire Chains can be a perfect solution. They aren’t the cheapest but make a great product and been in the business for over 50 years. They have a pretty good rating on Amazon with a few customers referring to how they can be a bit tough to get on at times because they are such a snug fit which can be a good thing.
Aleko Snow and Mud Chain Grips for Garden Tractors
Another decent brand is Aleko. They also make your standard mud and snow tire chains. There chains are designed for deeper lug tires and are Zinc plated for weather treatment and performance. Because of the design and spacing of the links they offer a smoother ride compared to four-link spaced chains. On of their most positive features is their price which customers really enjoy, that and they fit as expected. Didn’t see any negative comments but as with everything I’m sure someone could find something wrong with them. For the price these are a pretty good deal.
Protect Your Driveway From Chain Marks
Okay I found these and immediately though what a great idea to help product your driveway from chain marks. TerraGrips Tire Chains are more like grips They are currently Amazon’s #1 Best Seller with 4 starts. The bands that wrap around the tires are made of recycled rubber also making this environmentally friendly. These grips can be used on snow, paver, mulch, asphalt, gravel, and grass. There are a lot of positive comments on these where people love how well they grip the snow and protect their driveways. One customer even states how the grip better than chains and most mention how easy they are to put on. As for the negatives one guy got a defected set that tore real easy and another customer complained about them not pulling his tractor up his drive which was very steep.
Over all they do cost a bit more but for that those of us that want to keep their drive ways from getting all marked up every winter these can really come in handy.
What are your thoughts on snow chains? Got any special style or brand you favor over others? Let us know in the comments below.