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Hi. I bought the Ariens 30" Deluxe. Should I get tire chains for it?? I have no paved area that I blow. Just had 23" of snow on top of 7.4". Tires spun a lot. Was kind of hard to get threw it all. Got the tires stuck twice from just spinning in 1st gear.. Never had chains on the MTD's I owened before, but they had balloon tires on them..
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-05-2019, 02:25 PM
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Whats on it for rubber? I like chains, but they do make a blower “ride”
rough and can be a bit hard on the drive system.

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balloon tires? pics of both tires for comparison would help but yes on chains

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XTrac or SnowHog Tires, can't go wrong.
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If you're cheap you could just screw sheet metal screws into the lugs, make sure they aren't longer than the lugs or you could have flat tires (unless you put some slime in them...).



My blower has what kind of looks like old style military type tires with lugs perpendicular to travel, they already had two holes per lug and I probably could have fired some carbide tipped studs meant for vehicle tires in there but sheet metal screws were cheaper and easily removed/replaced. Definitely helps get traction on ice and packed snow, just a little more of a pain to move on concrete if you don't want to chance scratching the floor, I usually just pick up the blower and pivot on the bucket vs tires if I have the screws in.
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If you're going to use your snowblower a lot, you might at least find some hardened screws, although I don't know if that's enough. I had some steel studded tires on my bicycle that wore out in a few hundred miles. I think snowblower duty might be a little harder on the screws, though I'm not sure.
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LOL just when you think you heard everything .
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Wife used to do running when we were in Alaska and at one event they were doing free running shoe studs which looked very much like the first link only very short. It's a tried and true method for getting traction on icy/packed snow conditions. We played around as kids and studded the rear tire of our little dirtbikes (not the front for some reason, made riding exciting) and we were able to dig through ice all the way up to the chain without issue. I ran cheap sheet metal screws in my blower tires for the nearly 8 years I was in Alaska and another two in North Dakota and they still have plenty of life left except that I took them out as we have a new house here in Colorado and we get so little snow that I often do my neighbors driveways and wouldn't want to scratch theirs up, mine I don't care about so much.
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Hi. I bought the Ariens 30" Deluxe. Should I get tire chains for it?? I have no paved area that I blow. Just had 23" of snow on top of 7.4". Tires spun a lot. Was kind of hard to get threw it all. Got the tires stuck twice from just spinning in 1st gear.. Never had chains on the MTD's I owened before, but they had balloon tires on them..
For me the Chains are a must. Where I live we always get ice under the snow on my yard, and the Chains make even the huge snowfalls much easier to handle.


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A BIG BONUS with sheet metal screws or similar is they don't jump and bounce like chains do.
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