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Snow chains X2 or X4 on Uni-Loader

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01-10-2017 08:40:27

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Working on getting my 1740 out of the shop. We are finally getting some snow in our area and I am thinking about using it to stack snow. Going to put on some tire chains and was pondering; do I really need chains on all 4 wheels? I have a great HD set and was figuring putting them on the front tires only. Letting the rear tires Skid. Is there something I am missing or should this work just fine? And not cause any damage to the drive train?

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bermuda ken

01-13-2017 09:50:09

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 Re: Snow chains X2 or X4 on Uni-Loader in reply to KcSavage, 01-10-2017 08:40:27  
2 chains on the rear only. Putting them on the front wears them out super fast!! When you turn the front end (generally) slides and this burns up the chains. The weight of the machine is on the rear too! That is where the engine is and where you need traction!

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Dave F

01-10-2017 20:18:46

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 Re: Snow chains X2 or X4 on Uni-Loader in reply to KcSavage, 01-10-2017 08:40:27  
I will be odd man out. I prefer chains only on the rear for snow pushing and scraping with my blade setup. When running down pressure, the fronts aren't fully weighted. When the blade is lifted, it transfers quite a bit of weight to front so the rears are easily skidding. I run pickup for chains due to low cost.

Try what you have and see if either position works for your situation.

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Case Nutty 1660

01-10-2017 08:44:09

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 Re: Snow chains X2 or X4 on Uni-Loader in reply to KcSavage, 01-10-2017 08:40:27  
to me on the front would work and cause less stress than on the rear in "Normal" conditions,, I do not like seeing them on the rear only as this puts a lot of extra stress on things,, but unless you really need them I would run with out myself or chain up all four,, just my thoughts cnt

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01-10-2017 09:16:57

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 Re: Snow chains X2 or X4 on Uni-Loader in reply to Case Nutty 1660, 01-10-2017 08:44:09  
I've tried 2 wheel chains on my skidder, front only, which is used for feeding cattle in pasture year round. When needed, like after our Christmas day ice storm it's worked. But several years ago I picked up a 2nd set and it feels so much more stable, the back end can bite too, particularly when the bucket is full, or like me, a bale hanging off the front end. 4 wheel chains work and feel better.

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