Benefits Of Tire Chains For Your Mower, Tractor Or Gator Thumbnail image

Tire chains improve traction in snowy and icy conditions for a variety of outdoor power equipment including riding lawn mowers, compact tractors and John Deere Gators.

Tire chains improve braking, handling and acceleration. They work because of their ability to penetrate deeper into snow and ice than the treads on a rubber tire.

Whether you’re clearing snow, hauling payloads or taking a spin down a backcountry trail, tire chains can help you get where you need to go.

Also called snow chains, these handy additions to a vehicle’s drive wheels have been helping drivers keep rolling in slick conditions for more than a century. In fact, New York’s Harry Weed is credited with their invention back in 1904.

Weed received a U.S. patent for his “Grip-Tread for Pneumatic Tires” on August 23, 1904. Word has it that Weed’s inspiration came from seeing drivers wrapping rope or vines around their tires to navigate snowy and muddy roads. Not to be outdone, Canadian Auguste Trudeau received a patent for a “tread and anti-skidding chain” in 1935.

Today, a variety of tire chain options are available for equipment owners. John Deere offers a complete line of durable tire chains that are case-hardened and electrically welded for strength and dependability.

John Deere tire chains are built with double-spaced cross chains, with one cross chain every two links of side chain. This two-link configuration provides better traction and a smoother ride than four-link designs, thereby enhancing machine performance and operator comfort.

Plus, John Deere tire chains feature easy-to-use fasteners that make installation and removal a snap.

Choosing the right size tire chain for your tires is easy, as chain size matches the dimension displayed on the tire’s sidewall. The friendly, expert staff at Minnesota Equipment are always happy to discuss ways to help you get the most out of your machinery—including tire chains.

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