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Old 01-28-2020, 11:16 AM   #1
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Tire Chains Vs Truck Claws Vs ??

We've got a bunch of 1 ton, DRW trucks that we drive around in the snow with heavy loads, up hills, etc.

Tire chains definitely work.
Tire chains are a MF'er to put on a set of DRW's, while stuck in a ditch on the side of a mountain. I try to tell guys they need to put them on BEFORE they get stuck but, that's a separate issue.

So, I see they sell all sorts of traction devices these days. Socks, claws, mats, etc.... I'm wondering, do any of these devices work as well as chains, or maybe even better? I've seen a few items that are metal cleats that install w/ratchet straps. That would be pretty easy to stick on the outside wheels and go.

Anyone with experience with these things?
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Old 01-31-2020, 08:30 AM   #2
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Re: Tire Chains Vs Truck Claws Vs ??

I highly doubt you will find anything that is going to do better than chains. I've never put them on duallies. I would recommend making it as easy as possible for your employees to put them on. Having som sort of block or something to drive the truck on so there is no weight on the chains and you can get them nice and tight 1st try will make it alot easier.


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Pittsburgh hills are insane. Narrow, curvy, steep, etc. In addition to chains or whatever, maybe the trucks should carry some sort of traction boards to roll them out of the ditch. Tie them to the rear with 10' or so of extra line so that after they're unstuck, they can continue to a safe stopping point.

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Re: Tire Chains Vs Truck Claws Vs ??

Ended up buying chains for the new dump and 2 other trucks in the fleet. Not cheap but better than losing work, wrecking a truck, or having an employee get injured.

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