Types of Tire Chains

Tire Chains | December 7, 2021

As temperatures start to drop and snow starts to fall, equipment becomes more difficult to operate and the risk of accidents drastically increases. Whether you are driving down a snow-covered logging road or operating a forklift in a snowy lot, it is important to ensure that operators are taking all necessary safety precautions. In addition to proper operating techniques and suitable tires, it is often worth installing tire chains on your equipment to minimize the risk of an accident and enhance handling in difficult conditions. As leading providers of tire chains from Trygg, Fram, and Laclede, Western Equipment knows how useful the right tire chains can be for any operation. That is why our team has provided some information on the different types of tire chains to help you determine which option is best for your needs.

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3 Common Types of Tire Chains

The following types of tire chains are commonly used for various types of equipment:

1. V-Bar

V-Bar is a ladder-style chain used for pickup trucks, SUVs, and light industrial equipment. Each link on the cross chain has several “V” shaped links welded to act like an ice pick, giving exceptional traction on snow and ice. V-Bar chains are also great for off-road use in deep snow, making them a popular choice for semi-trucks. If you are thinking about choosing a V-Bar tire chain for your vehicle, you will need to ensure that there are at least 2 inches between the tire and any other part of the vehicle to ensure that it is not damaged by the chain.

2. Square Link

Also known as ladder style chains, square link tire chains are used to create better traction in icy or snowy conditions. Each of these chains are made from hardened alloy steel and typically have a longer usable life when compared to other types of tire chains. This chain utilizes a web of square links to create more surface area than twist link chains or cable chains, increasing contact between asphalt and metal. Square link tire chains are available in a variety of sizes to fit all types of vehicles.

3. Studded

Studded tire chains are manufactured from alloy steel that is case hardened for added durability and longevity. These tire chains have fused studs that provide leading off-road traction, making them a popular choice for vehicles, forklifts, and many other types of equipment.

To learn more about our selection of tire chains or to inquire about our selection of tools and industrial supplies, get in touch with the experts at Western Equipment. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products.