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    Anyone still running tire chains? Not "On-spots", but tire chains you have to put on each time you have bad weather. If so, what speed do you recommend "not" exceeding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3260e View Post
    Anyone still running tire chains? Not "On-spots", but tire chains you have to put on each time you have bad weather. If so, what speed do you recommend "not" exceeding?
    Whatever the instructions say. But most likely not over 20-25mph.

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    When the weather gets bad, we can and have installed the irons on the trucks. On-spots do not work well in snow over a couple inches and don't seem to do any good if you stop. We have a few people that have run these for years and have shown us how to properly install and tighten them. When properly installed, we have operated at 55 with them when the roads are snow covered. If the paved roads are bare, the speed limit is 25.

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    Yes - department policy is 35 mph. I am sure they have spun around faster.

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    We haven't put chains on fire apparatus in probably over 2 decades.
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    Everytime we get a freezing rain event during winter we throw the irons on one pumper tender and leave the other unchained. Do to the fact that our station is at the top of a hill all of our roads become a slip and slide.

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