Snow blowers generally come in two styles: one stage or two stage. Two stage snow blowers have one or more low-speed metal augers that break up the snow and movie it into a separate high-speed fan that blows the snow out the discharge chute. These machines are usually self-propelled, either with large wheels equipped with tire chains or, in some case, tracks. Snow blower tire chains are important for these large wheels because, without them, they would not be able to force themselves through the snow, much less clear it out of the way.
Like other tire chains, snow blower tire chains are available in a few different styles. They can be purchased in two link or four link spacing. In two link spacing, there is a cross chain every second side chain link. Similarly, four link spacing means that there is a cross chain every fourth side chain link. Two link spacing generally provides for a smoother ride and better traction. As with other tire chains, snow blower tire chains can be purchased with an optional V-Bar chain in both two link and four link spacing. V-Bar chains are especially recommended for snow use because they provide extra traction for use on hills, ice, and hard packed conditions. However, drivers should not use V-Bar chains on pavement since it can damage the surface.
Although snow blower tires are built to provide for extra traction in winter weather, snow blower tire chains will give drivers the extra grip they need to make it through even the worse snow conditions.