Anyone using these or know of anybody who has them. Just had driveway paved in the fall of 2011 and was looking for alternative to steel chains.
:+1:Hydriv said:I do not have personal experience with them. What I can tell you is that the topic has come up many times in the past. The consensus of opinion on rubber chains is this.
1. They are quite expensive to buy.
2. The do work but not quite as well as steel chains do.
Like most things in life, this is a trade-off. Higher cost and reduced performance in exchange for a damage-free surface.
I had them on a set of ag tires and he had them on turf tires. Problem is the bars are thick and do not compress. My ag tires had 200# on each side. We followed the instructions to remove the valve core, install the chains reinflate, and they were snug but rode lumpy. We then tried putting them on loose and that wasnt any better. By the way we had 23x10.50x12 chains. Tires were Carlisle turf savers and Goodyear lugs. The chain bars are about as thick as the lugs are deep. We thought they'd be a good but we both went out and bought conventional chains instead anyways. They claim to have tons of happy customers, but I'd like to see proof of that.Hydriv said:I am not challenging what your experience was with them. All I will say is, that's the first time I've heard about the ride being objectionable. Did both of you have them strapped to turf tires or Ag tires?
Well that makes sense as you are essentially turning a round wheel into a toothed cog.1031d said:they were snug but rode lumpy.
Response received:k0jdd said:I sent them a note asking if they sell a 2-link model that would have less space between the bars and possibly ride better
We currently use 3-link spacing for smaller
chains and 4-link for larger ones. This is primarily to reduce cost;
however, we are planning to add a 3-link option to all chains at a slightly
higher (about 10%) cost.
When we start selling the 2-link spacing we will notify everyone VIA our
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I have chains on 2 of my tractors, a Simplicity 3212H and a 195 and I do not even know they are there. If going from a 4 link chain to a 3 link is 10% then 2 link must be 20% more? So then you would have close to $200 in a set for a high wheel, dont seem worth it to me.99flhr said:FWIW, my steel chains don`t exactly give a cloud like ride. :sidelaugh: