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Angry Tire chains, opinions... Worth it, or waste of $$

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White stuff getting pretty damned heavy up here in northeast.
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I have them on my Ariens 924050 and love them. On packed snow I get good traction and if there is ice, it's not an issue either.

I can still roll the machine around with ease.
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I think it depends on your tire. I have a really aggressive tread on my 824 that I don't think a chain help much. Probably similar to your powershift.



It might also depend on your In-law neighbor...if he has them, then you're left with no choice


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I think it depends on your tire. I have a really aggressive tread on my 824 that I don't think a chain help much. Probably similar to your powershift.



It might also depend on your In-law neighbor...if he has them, then you're left with no choice
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Never had chains on a snowblower. Never had the need for them. Unless you have lots of hills, ice or EOD problems you shouldn't need them.

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I have a steep driveway and I like the chains. They will dent and grab into the ice where the rubber tread may not.
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Never had chains on a snowblower. Never had the need for them. Unless you have lots of hills, ice or EOD problems you shouldn't need them.
+1 with Micah though I'm glad I had my chains this year with the ice we got early January, couldn't go without them.

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It's one of those things that you don't need... until you do.

Think of it as an insurance policy. Just because you don't usually get ice followed by snow (or compacted snow) doesn't mean that it won't happen. I have worked with a brend new Ariens snowblower last year that had no chains and took a tumble once or twice with it on slippery snow, trying to push it because the wheels would spin and the f*****g thing wouldn't go through a fairly small pile of snow (this was at my parents' place who happen to have a sloping down driveway, which doesn't help things). At least one time when I slipped and fell because of poor traction, my back was sore for over a week.

Also, the rubber has a tendency to harden in very cold weather and adheres a lot less to any surface, which is another thing to consider. Just because it performs well on a mild winter day doesn't mean it will perform the same on a very cold day. Chains, on the other hand, are unaffected by that.

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I have chains on the 826, they were on it when I bought it. I've only had a need for them once. I just purchased a set of wheels for my 521E with plans to put chains on them. i'll switch between chained tires and non-chained tires as needed if needed

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That's a real nice blower you have there. Neuclear power or solar power?
Thanks! It's VERY quiet!


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