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ladder chains on a skidder
« on: January 08, 2014, 03:38:30 PM »
hi all was wondering if any of you guys ever run ladder chains on your skidders seen a set today on the back of a franklin tree shear thanks in advance for any info
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2014, 06:20:28 PM »
What are ladder chains?
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2014, 06:24:49 PM »
Are you referring to highway type chains you would run on a truck?
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2014, 06:31:57 PM »
 Ladder or H pattern,I have a set on the tractor (ice picks) I don't think they would hold up long on a skidder.The ice picks don't stick up very high compared to the diamond ice chains on the skidder.
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2014, 07:55:07 PM »
the set I seen were like a regular skidder chain heavy outside chain with like a 7/16 cross chains these were a lot heavier than what you would use on a tractor
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2014, 08:16:56 PM »
Google ladder style tire chains and you can quickly see what they are and how they get the name.

Further Google of ladder chains for skidders  will get more sources of info.
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2014, 09:26:26 PM »
I just googled them but I don't think they would work as good as ice chains or ring chains but definitely better than no chains IMHO
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2014, 09:49:18 PM »
I think you are right, and they are not the best in deep snow.
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2014, 10:31:20 PM »
Im running Ladder chains on my 440 currently for many reasons: skidder is on paved roads often plowing snow, they are way cheaper and more readily available. In the woods they are not the best but leaps and bounds better than no chains.

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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2014, 10:55:08 PM »
bobus where did you get them ?
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2014, 06:07:41 AM »
I ran a set of OFAS green ladder chains with boron tips on a 230 TJ with 18.4x34 rubber and got a deal on them at the chain shop when I bought them. They were returns and I got them at half price. I was skeptical but after two winters and no issues I liked them alot. ran them on the back and did some very rocky jobs and they ran smooth on snow also and did not have any build up. I beleive they were 1/2 or 9/16 chain. TCR has single diamond forest trac for farm tractors and if they were on a smaller machine those would be fine. pretty cheap also and free shipping.
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2014, 08:57:02 PM »
bobus where did you get them ?

I got them from Runnings (Ranch supply store)

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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2014, 05:40:51 AM »
I'm running them on my little 208 front and rear with no problems.  I had rings on the front and ladders w/ ice pics on the rear but got sick of the rough ride fron the rings.  Thi winter I put the ladders with ice pics on the front. Much happier with the smooth ride.  On the down side it does not break new trail as good in deeper  snow.
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Re: ladder chains on a skidder
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2014, 11:26:44 PM »
I ran a set of home made ones out of 3/8 log chain on my 18.4x26 tires on my 440 and they were way better in the mud than no chains.
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