Tire Chain Clearance

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Tire Chain Clearance Questions?


It seem like as soon as the snow starts to fly, we get many calls from equipment owners that are not sure they have enough clearance to use tire chains. Many of them see our videos from our Youtube Channel where we mention that the first thing you need to check is whether or not you have enough clearance to allow room for chains. So we put together a list of different types of equipment and the general recommendations for clearance for each type. It is always best to measure your clearance just in case. Another thing we mentioned in our last blog article, is that if clearance is an issue for some tractors, backhoes and skid steers, in some instances, spacers are available (from dealers or an online search) to push the tire out further and gain more clearance.

Equipment that generally does NOT have clearance issues for chains:

Loaders
Graders
Forestry/Skidder

Clearance recommendations for other equipment types:

Backhoes
Clearance can sometimes be an issue with backhoes-generally recommend 3 inches of clearance.

Compact Tractors
Generally we recommend 3 inches of clearance. Clearance can sometimes be an issue with compact tractors but KJT offers a wide variety of chain styles that will work with compact tractors.

Tractors
Recommended clearance is usually is a minimum of 3 inches. Clearance is not usually a problem with tractor tires.

Forklift
Clearance is very important for forklift trucks because generally there is less clearance for tire chains. In cases where there is not enough clearance, screw in ice studs are a very good alternative to tire chains. Generally it is recommended that you have about two inches between the inner tire and the machine and also above the tire.

Skid Steer
Clearance requirements vary from about 2-3 inches on skid steer loaders. If you’re not sure if you have enough clearance, just give us a call.

Lawn Tractors
Generally you need about 2 inches of clearance. So take your tape measure and make sure you have 2 inches between the inner tire and the machine body.

Snowblowers
You would think all snow blower manufacturers would make sure there is room for tire chains, but that is not the case. Generally you need about 2 inches of clearance for chain. So take your tape measure and make sure you have 2 inches between the inner tire and the machine body. On occasion it is too tight for chains.

ATV/UTV
Generally speaking, clearance is not a problem for ATVs and UTV’s. Occasionally, there are some machines that have limited clearance. Generally, you need two inches of clearance between the inner tire and the shocks.

Trucks
Generally speaking, clearance is not problem for trucks. There is usually plenty of room in the wheel wells for tire chains.

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