Snow blowers generally come in two styles: single-stage or two-stage. Two-stage snowblowers have one or more low-speed metal augers that break up the snow and move it to a separate high-speed fan that blows the snow out the discharge chute. These machines are usually self-propelled, either with large wheels fitted with tire chains or, in some cases, tracks. Snowplow tire chains are important for these big wheels because without them, they wouldn’t be able to plow through the snow, let alone clear it.
Like other tire chains, snow plow tire chains are available in a few different styles. They can be purchased in spaces of two or four links. In two link spacing, there is a cross chain every second side chain link. Similarly, four link spacing means that there is a cross chain for every four side links of the chain. Two link spacing generally provides a smoother ride and better traction. As with other tire chains, snow blower tire chains can be purchased with an optional V-bar chain in two and four link pitches. V-bar chains are especially recommended for snow use because they provide extra traction for use on hills, ice, and rough terrain conditions. However, drivers should not use V-bar chains on pavement, as they can damage the surface.
While snow blower tires are designed to provide extra traction in winter weather, snow blower tire chains will give drivers the extra grip they need to get through even the worst snow conditions.