Snow Blower Safety Begins With the Tires
You wouldn’t consider putting cheap tires on your car, yet too many people either neglect the tires on their snow blower or replace them with second rate tires. What those people don’t realize is that the snow blower tires can have an impact on how safe it is to use the machine. Think about this: The tread on your tires may be the only thing keeping your blower secure under the slick conditions of a snowy day. If those tires are worn, are the wrong size for your machine, or are under-inflated, you may find yourself in a situation where your blower gets damaged or someone gets hurt.
Become Familiar With the Specifications for Your Snow Blower Tires
There are plenty of options when it comes to purchasing snowthrower tires. In order to get the best results, you need to be sure that the tires you choose are the most appropriate for your machine. You should have the following information when you prepare to order:
· Diameter and width of the tire (The size may be expressed like this: 16x6.5-8.)
· Load rating (How much weight can the tires handle?)
· Correct type for your machine (Are you looking for a tubeless tire?)
· Tread pattern (Is it aggressive enough to handle the winter conditions in your area?)
· Ply (Should you use 2-ply or 4-ply?)
Ask an Expert
If you aren’t sure how to answer one or more of these questions, you may want to seek professional advice. A knowledgeable technician should be able to explain how to determine which tires are best. They may make recommendations or explain the pros and cons for the different options. Maybe you would do best to replace your tires with the same part that was on the machine at the time of purchase or maybe a different tire can provide you with better results.
Stay Safe This Winter
Winter weather often leaves your driveway and sidewalk slick, wet, and covered with heavy snow. Some homeowners even find that the light is fading before they are able to blow the walks. Rather than taking chances with safety, make sure that your machine is equipped with the snow blower tires that will keep your machine right where it belongs.