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    Default is it possible to make 12.4X16 tire chains from truck chains?



    is it possible to make tractor chains for 12.4 X 16 tires from tansport truck tire chains?

    Has anyone sucesfully done this? or am I wasting my time?

    I picked up some used what looked like V bar chain at a logging truck repair place; the mechanic mentioned they were "duplex chains" for "dulies" I understood ...

    please advise with any enlightment; the plan was to cut them down; but I didn't have time to give this a good look before I left the remote location where the tractor is located.

    it would be to have chains soon ...

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    Default Re: is it possible to make 12.4X16 tire chains from truck chains?

    ...ok... 2nd try ....has anyone tried this?

    .... seems like it should work ...

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    Default Re: is it possible to make 12.4X16 tire chains from truck chains?

    I plane on building some from truck chains but have not yet done it.

    A tractor buddie of mine has though, many different sets.
    And he has not had any prob w/ them
    Ill get ahold of him sometime and get some pointers from him b4 i start and get back to you.
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    Default Re: is it possible to make 12.4X16 tire chains from truck chains?

    I plan on doing it myself, as tire chains can be had at yard sales around here for 50 cents to a buck for a pair. A set of bolt cutters, and the welder and vise to put several sets together looks pretty simple. I would like to do this before the first snow, so I can work a little more safely.
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    Default Re: is it possible to make 12.4X16 tire chains from truck chains?

    careful cutting the chains w/ bolt cutters they are hardened and will probably ruin your bolt cutters
    put the link you want to cut in a vice and use a cresent wrench and twist and they will usually break.
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    Default Re: is it possible to make 12.4X16 tire chains from truck chains?

    Quote Originally Posted by EMB5530 View Post
    careful cutting the chains w/ bolt cutters they are hardened and will probably ruin your bolt cutters
    put the link you want to cut in a vice and use a cresent wrench and twist and they will usually break.
    humph ... good to know!; ponter #1; thanks ...

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    Default Re: is it possible to make 12.4X16 tire chains from truck chains?

    EMB, I use a angle grinder with cutoff wheel, with the link in the vice, but I will try just snapping the link the next time.
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    Default Re: is it possible to make 12.4X16 tire chains from truck chains?

    so ... long-story-short ... got "triplex" truck chains given to me ... asked a neighbour to borrow some chain pliers; he used to drive logging trucks ... explained I wanted to cut down truck chains; he says OH; I could use those and whay dont you have these I made for a school bus ... I say great; will they fit; he - no; but I'll cut em down for you ... 1/2 hour I was away with my new trade ... chains were 18" wide; truck chains were only 12" wide so may have been a little narrow for the 12.4X16 tractor tires anyway ... happy he could use them and even happeier to have chains in 1/2 an hour ... LMAO!!!
    Last edited by BC Dave; 10-29-2011 at 02:42 AM.

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