How To Chain Your Tractor And Trailer Tires

How To Chain Your Tractor And Trailer Tires

How are you doing? My name is Bob Parker,
I’m a trainer here at Crete Carrier for the past six years. A lot of people come up to
me with the question, how do you chain up a truck for the road conditions and that’s
what I’m going to show you today. You’re going to start of by having the essential tools.
A good pair of insulated work gloves, a good pair of insulated shoes and clothing. You’ll
need a 9/16 wrench, and you’ll also need a cam fastener wrench. Along with that you might
need a safety vest and or have your reflective triangle out. You will also need a pair of
safety goggles. It’s important that you, fig you’ve never put chains on, it’s important
that you take the time to put on chains before the weather becomes severe. Also know that
you’re going to need, if you’re going to be doing this out on the road or if you’re going
to be doing this in inclimate weather to be doing this in a place where you have good
visibility and can be seen. So we’re going to start of by loosening this nut. And it
does come with a washer and a blot on the other end, so you’re going to want to make
sure that you keep that. Also remember that it’s going to be snowy all over the place
so you’re going to be dealing with possibly dropping a wrench or a nut or a bolt and that’s
going to make things more difficult. Right here on thee hooks are where the chains are,
and we’re going to start by taking of the chains one by one and then we’re going to
be bringing them over to the appropriate area of the truck where we’re going to be laying
them. When laying out chains, it’s real important to know that each set of chains has an inside
and an outside, it has a front and a back. Which, either how you look at it, one side
is going to have the hooks, and the other side will have the clasps, and there’s a clasp.
To get starred, I like to put the side without the clasps, the hooks, towards the tire. And
this is because you’re going to need to be able to reach and pull these up and it’s just
a lot easier if the hooks are coming over the side. And hopefully you’ll be able to
see that with this demonstration. The clasps have to be to the outside of the tire where
you can tighten them up. So, you’ll have to stretch out the chains and get them laid out
on the ground, such as this. Keep in mind the less tangled they are, or the more straight
you can kept her chains, the more success you’re going to have. If you notice, each
side of the chain on one side has the actual hooks. These hooks we’re going to actually
fasten to the other side of the chain where we’re going to hook it to. There are also
fastening cams, and these fastening cams will be not he outside of the tire. They’re not
on the inside. This is going to be so when we tighten up the chains we’ll have a point
at which to tighten from. A lot of people ask if they have to chain the trailer tires,
and the answer is yes. The trailer still has breaks and thats what the purpose would be,
not to help it move through the snow but we need it in breaking, it helps against jackknifing.
I used to be able to put these tires on in 15 minutes. I don’t think I could do so now
anymore but expect for your fist time to take about 45 minutes to an hour. One of the little
things I use as a cheat tool, I put something right in the center of the chain. That way
when my rear tire gets to where that is, I know to stop. And it should be equal on both
sides. Basically I start by picking up the one end, we’ve got the tire on top of the
chain, I puck up the one end and I drape it over. Try to make it as ten as possible. So
I have the hook side right over here, and the hook side, I’m going to try to make sure
that the hook is pointing out. Not towards the tire. So when I fasten it, I’m going to
go in and then that’s how it will rest up against the tire, the same I’ll do on this
side. I’m not going to have the hook going in like this, toward the tire, I’m going to
move it away, like that. That way the back of the tire is going to help hold that all
in. And then we’re going to start by using the fastener cams. Try to get this all even
on here first. Keep in mind that, after this is all complete, you may still have to go
down the road a couple of miles and then take a look at it a make sure that everything’s
on okay still. What I’m going to do is I’m going to stick the cam faster tool right inside
the cam and twist it. Basically go around each side doing that. And that’s further going
to tighten up each side. Now we’re going to go to fastening the bungees down. You should
have at least tow to three bungees for each tire that you’re planning on chaining. Basically
go from the outside of the tire over here, and it=f they’re a little bit longer, you
can synch it down from this point, and try to keep in mind that the tighter you go within
the bungee cord limit, the more effective this is going to be. We’ll cross over the
tire at several points. Usually by the second or third one, it’s becoming really difficult
to pull on these because the chain already starts to get tight. ANd if you’ve done it
effectively, all of the cross chains going across the tread of the tire are going to
be really tight. On this chain we have one thing that’s a little different, we have an
actual clasp. This side has the clasp, we’re going to hook the chain in through here and
then connect the clasp. On the opposite side it still has the hook. So you could have chains
that are going to have both the hook and a clasp or just two hooks. Again we’re going
to start with the back of the tire, I’m picking up the end, And if you don’t get it hooked
in at first, move the chain up on the tire, that will help you grab the inside hook. And
once you get it hooked, now you can move it around more evenly. This is going back to
the clasp. Don’t just go to the inside of this because it might be loose. You always
want to try to make it as tight as possible. SO you might go down a link or two and then
clasp it. And thats how the clasp is effectively working.
If you have any questions on how to do this or any further instructions, please talk to
your terminal manager, your trainer or the safety department and they’ll help you get
the right information.

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  1. This is a great instructional video. I have seen many of these chaining videos on the web, but this is the best one by far. Its concise, to the point, and easy to understand. Thank you for creating Crete Carrier.

  2. Thanks, Andrew! Bob is an extremely hard worker who knows what he's doing when it comes to driving safety.

  3. I have always tossed the chains over the tire, with slack in front (or back), then roll the truck over the slack and hook them. I do all the tires first, then move the truck.

  4. This method would take twice as long as needed. Throw the chains OVER the tire, tuck the leading edge under the front of the tires, drive forward onto the chains, tighten them down, be on your way!! Do all at the same time, should only take 20-25 minutes!!

  5. True, and snow does make things a little more complicated. But you never know when you'll need this info. Thanks for checking it out!

  6. I'm in that camp that draped the chains over the tire first. Something I don't need to do anymore. Goof thing I probably don't have what it take to hoist a set of doubles as I did

  7. Where are the lugs on the cross chains???. and singles? on drive duals? I cant inagine having to bck up eveytime like that what if theres 5 inches on snow on the ground?? I'll have to disagree with your method of doing this

  8. ok couple of problems with this .im not super trucker but im a canadian truck driver hauling 8 axles on steep mountains . i chain up daily often several times a day. if you try lifting on a steep slippery grade with chains that loose they are scrap metal as soon as you let the clutch out .your bunjee cords shouldnt be holding your chains on they break you spin out 2nd its important to hang your chains so they dont tangle and always by V bar chains they have ice grips welded on them .

  9. I don't know, call me crazy but I appreciate Bob Parker for making this video to show those of us who have either never chained up, or have never been shown, but will probably need to in the near future like myself. I'm one of those people. Unfortunately, I work for someone who doesn't know how to show me. This video has been of great benefit to me as I will be driving over the mountains on I-70 in Colorado many times this coming winter. No need to be a dick to the guy for helping people like me

  10. BTW, since you're such an expert and in great shape (you must be to insult the guy about his weight in your post), where's your video tutorial on how to chain up????

  11. Mr. Parker! Thanks for this video! I really appreciate it! This coming winter I anticipate needing to chain up quite often as will be driving a dry bulk tanker from Colorado Springs, Co to Craig, CO to pick up fly ash for the concrete company I recently got hired with. I have never had to chain before and I couldn't find anyone to get me squared away before winter, but then I thought about youtube! I enjoyed your tutorial and I want to thank you for making it. Be safe buddy!

  12. I've been trying to share this video on my Facebook page, and its not doing it. Curious if you've got some kinda block on or something.

  13. Oh yea, and the part about backing onto the chains? What happens when there is oh say twenty trucks in the chain up erea? Nose to tail. Happens all the time on snowqaulmey

  14. Cheap chains have an inside and outside, difference being sharp edges of cheaper chains may gouge tire sidewall. Quality chains can be worn either way, (essentially) doubling life of the chain. (Red) 6 leg rubber tighteners work far better than bungies. Hook 3 and 9 o'clock then 10;30 & 1:30. Last will be pushing towards the ground for 4:30 and 7:30, using your body weight, carefully, don't slip loose and smash your fingers into pavement.

  15. While there may be "other" ways to chain, they're not all equal. This is definitely a harder, more time-consuming method.

  16. If you have dual tires, an alternate method is drive the inside dual onto a block of wood so that the outside tire is off the ground. Then just wrap the chain around the outside tire. If you have "super singles," you can do the same thing by using a small bottle jack to raise the axle you're working on off the ground an inch or two. I always disconnect the tractor from the trailer. If you use a bottle jack with super singles, be sure to disconnect first to take the weight off the axle. PS: I've chained up three times in the past two days! 

  17. clasps????  They are called "Cams" they do not fasten anything but they do tighten the outside rail….   you are demonstrating one of themost difficult ways to put the chain on…..try finding the center and draping it over the top i can put 3 railers on all drives and drag chains on  in 20 min tops… never have to tighten once they are on.

  18. holy shit, these highway haulers got it pretty easy, tri putting 3 sets of triples on a tri drive, and balloon front steer and at least one trailer chain (triple as well) in under 30 minutes…
    oh and its -40 or +40 in the most deep pig shit mud, that's oilfield trucking, buuuuuut all that said I get a pretty penny in the bank

  19. stretch out the tires????——The slack,,,,this kind of tire chain if installed properly,,you dont need the rubber extensioners,,,use them if you have them,,,but not to make up for slack,,,Dear God

  20. whatever you do,,please use winter breathable,water proof gloves,,(Cabelas has them $45.00) —-or else your hands will start freezing and its miserable by the time you're done with your first tire


  22. WOW bunch of billy big rigger's commenting on here LOL. Everyone dose stuff different, he show's the newbies the basic's and that's all that matter's.

  23. Instead of driving on them carry a couple 6×6 blocks put them under the inside tires and drive up on them no readjustment needed

  24. Very good video with a slightly different take on putting the dreaded snow chain on. I'd never allow the guys who work the chain up areas to put my chains on.

  25. i don't think that system works. if you have to run max chains there is no way you can lay your chains out like that. i say throw your chains over with the tire with the front about half way down and tuck the rear portion tucked under the backside. then pull forward about half a tire rotation and then hook em

  26. As others have said here, way easier to throw the chain on the tire with the front about 6-8" off the ground push all the excess chain behind the tire…do both sides back the truck up just enough to have all the excess now on the front of the tire it will be directly below the part that you hung 6" off the ground just hook it all up…chains are automatically tight as the weight  helps you….used this method for years running logging truck in Canada, chain up an axle in about 10 minutes…. saw a guy trying to do it like In this video on snowqualmie pass one night…..laughed my ass off till I felt sorry for him and showed him the easy way…. he couldn't believe how easy it was once you know the correct technique, not that anyone wants to use the jewelery

  27. I hope not too many people watch this one.Looks like a good way to get real dirty. I wonder who showed him this method?

  28. really bad set up this works for cars but not quite well for trucks especially as he mentioned keep on mind there's going to be snow everywhere as soon as you put those chains on the ground they will disappear on you

  29. with all due respect, I don't think this guy has ever chained up outside of this one occasion. laying your chains out like that and rolling over them is problematic. you'll lose sight of them in the snow as soon as you put them down, you night have side skirts on your trailer making it hard to access that far behind your drives, they will be hard to see and line up at night, you may have other vehicles behind you and you can't back up several feet. most guys drape their chains over their tires and tuck in the side they will be rolling over. only requires 1-2 feet. also, the majority of the slack should be taken out with the hook and chain loops at either end of the chains. you can see he had a good 3 inches of slack in those chains. the 4 chain tighteners should be very tight. there is a reason it usually requires a tool to tighten them. NEVER use the bungies to take up slack. you WILL lose your chains.

  30. 2:37 he's already telling me he doesn't know what he's doing. Second never bother with singles wtf are they good other than steers anyway

  31. This is a hard way to put the chains on. i can put the chains on a different way and in about 8 min on a set of tires . i drive on the coquihalla Hwy In B.C.

  32. Thank you so much Bob for taking the time to make this video. I'm new to long haul driving, I've got chains but I've not been looking forward to being put in the position of using them. But your video certainly has made me feel more confident about using them, when the time comes.

  33. I've watched a few videos on this topic now. This by far was the least informative. The chain was excessively loose. The bungies were the wrong size. Loose chains and bungies set up to get cut and fail is bad practice. The consensus is that the chains should be laid over the tire and tucked under the wheel in the direction you intend to roll onto the chain.

    I would consider redoing this video.

  34. Thank you for making the video,its very informative and easy to follow step by step unlike other videos about chaining here on YouTube.

  35. You gotta be kidding me is this first time doing this obviously this is not the proper way to do it unless you wanna sling a chain you don't use the bungees to get them tight nore do you lay em out then drive over em please rookies do not use this video as a guide to chain up or you'll be in trouble

  36. First of all that little set of 6 mil singles ain't going to do any good climbing mountain passes which is the only place you need them and 2nd you have to wear triples if the chainup lights are flashing. Never needed chains anywhere unless climbing 6 or 7 % grade.

  37. this was not a great demonstration on how to chain up….please give m video a watch, i leave out all the BS nonsense and get to the point.

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