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post #1 of 33 Old 01-04-2014, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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To Stud or Not To Stud

I am going install sheet metal screws to my old hard rubber tires to give me the traction that I need to work on hard compacted snow. I hope to scrape the compacted areas so they are relatively flat. If that fails, then I plan to use the studded tires to slowly chew through the high areas.

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I think those screws will wear pretty fast if you hit pavement.
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I've heard of lots of people doing this with those old hard rubber tires. I guess if you put plenty of them in they might wear for a long while. I had an old Gilson that had them and I was able to swap them out for pneumatics from a Craftsman. I had to use some 3/4" copper pipe for bushings but it turned out very well and handled much better. Here are before and after pics. I also had to cut about an inch off the axle tubes but hey, it worked out really well. Just a thought for you.

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I have a friend who used to ice-race motorcycles, and they woud put case-hardened screws in their tires. Looked to be about a #8x5/8 hex head.
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How about these motorcycle ice studs?

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If the snow it packed that hard, I don't think your scraper blade is going to bite into it and just ride up over the snow pack
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The snow is quite hard packed, because I have been driving/parking on it. It has left ridges that are steep. So when I try to remove the new layer of snow, I and my blower are sliding down laterally. I have to put "grips" on my boots, so I thought studs would help the blower from sliding laterally too much.

I measured the tires. It seems like I can use 5/8" screws. I'll have to price them out. Half inch should suffice. Rough guess is about 100 screws per tire, but that may be over the top.

I won't be using official ice-studs as the cost would be prohibitive. And I need to replace a belt because the old ones have been sitting too long (15 years). A chunk flew off the other day.
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The good news is, it's not going to cost you much besides your time and if it really doesn't work it will be easy to get back to where you were originally. I'm assuming that you've considered chains?


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I have considered chains, but the tires that I have are old and an odd size. They are about 9.5" in diameter and 3.75" wide. The tire itself is about 0.75 inches thick.

I read a description of someone drilling holes in the rim so chains could be bolted to the wheel.
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I suppose that might work. Again, since it's a solid tire, you are out nothing if you're not happy with the result. Nothing to lose, but your time. Everything to gain if it does work.


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