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Don’t forget about all the extra information Laclede Chain has to offer.  And all of it is FREE! What could be better than free chain information?

You already know about our blog but did you know about our mobile app, newsletter and our catalog download?

Laclede Mobile Application: Free for Apple and Android users

Check out the app which features tire size look up for tire chains and traction installation videos. This app also helps hardware and industrial users with a tie down or sling calculator. All this makes the job of finding the right chain for your application that much easier. Check it out today!

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Sign up today to see what is happening at Laclede Chain. Our newsletter is sent once at the end of ever quarter via email. The newsletter includes new and exciting Laclede products and what the employees at Laclede have to say.

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Laclede Chain Catalog

Wanting a copy of your own? Download our Hardware & Industrial Catalog, Tire Chain Catalog or both for a detailed list of the products Laclede offers.

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Need to figure out which stock # of Alpine Series chains you have?  The process is easy:

 

1) When you have the chains laid out in front of you, locate the red draw chain.

2) On one end of the draw chain is a black rubber tightener, on the other end is a flat, golden, c-shaped link.

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There will be a number stamped on that link.  If there are two digits in the number the chain is from the 1500 series Alpine Premier.

To determine your stock number for these, simply put 15 in front of the two digits marked on the c-link.  For example, if “40” were stamped on the link, the part number would be 1540.

If there are three digits in the number then it is from the Alpine Sport or Super Sport series.

The first digit is 3 for an Alpine Sport and the first digit is 5 for an Alpine Super Sport.

For example, if you see “327” you have a 2327, or if you see “532” you have a 2532.

Please check the following reference chart for easy identification.  The numbers on the left are what is stamped on the link, and the numbers on the right are the Laclede stock numbers.

Alpine Premier (XX)

Alpine Sport (3XX)

Alpine Super Sport (5XX)

05-1505

317-2317

517-2517

10-1510

318-2318

518-2518

15-1515

319-2319

519-2519

20-1520

321-2321

521-2521

25-1525

323-2323

524-2524

30-1530

324-2324

526-2526

35-1535

326-2326

533-2533

40-1540

327-2327

536-2536

45-1545

335-2335

537-2537

47-1547

337-2337

50-1550

53-1553

55-1555

 

 

The stock # for this chain is 1540.

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The stock number for this chain is 2318.

 

After you’ve determined your stock number, if you need to find out which tire sizes are listed fits for your chain you can check Alpine Premier(1500) here : http://www.lacledechain.com/traction/passengercar/alpinepremier

For an Alpine Sport or Alpine Super Sport the fits are listed here: http://www.lacledechain.com/light-truck-and-suvs/alpine-sport-super-sport

Since actual tire chain fitments can vary due to dimensional variances in tire manufacturing always pre-fit tire chains before initial use to check for proper fitment.

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We have several new products now available for the 2014-15 season:

In the accessories line we have a new series of arm type tire chain tighteners for Passenger, Light Truck & SUV and Heavy Truck applications.  The arm design features a fixed center ring with individual rubber tensioning arms for a snug fit.  The arm design allows for quick installation and removal as well as convenient storage with fold up arms.

 

 

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Double Diamond U-Lug Equipment Chains for skidder and forestry applications are in stock now.  Heavy duty alloy cross chain construction provides durability and the double diamond cross chain configuration enhances traction while providing additional tire protection compared to some other skidder chain designs.  We have six sku’s in this line covering a total of seven common industry tire sizes.

 

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Also new for 2014 are Made in the USA Alloy Square Link Skid Steer Chains.  These heavy duty chains are constructed with 8mm alloy square link cross chains that feature shorter pitch (length of the link) cross links than many competing brands.  The short pitch design puts more cross chain material on the surface resulting in better traction and wear characteristics.

Additional developments include an extension of our alloy pattern skid steer line as well as updates to our sizing charts.

 

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Give us a call at 800-547-4702 for more information and bring on the snow!

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Ever wonder if there is a way to tell what kind of chain you have or possibly where it is from? Maybe you need to show that your transport chain is DOT approved? Have a piece of Laclede chain and want to know if it is domestic or not? All you have to do is look at the individual links of chain!

Just looking at a cut piece of chain can help you determine a number of different things. Let’s get started with some of the basics. First, all of Laclede’s domestic chain is stamped about every six links to help you identify the grade of chain. Just look for the “L” and then the number after it. Each number following the “L” corresponds with a grade of chain.

-L10 G100 Alloy

-L8 G80 Alloy

-L7 G70 Transport

-L4 G43 High Test

-L3 G30 Proof Coil

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On grade 70 this can also show that the chains are DOT approved! The “L” represents Laclede and our commitment to high quality chain products.  You can also find the “LAC” stamp on some of our non alloy grab and slip hooks. The added marking on these hooks will help you identify that the hook is a Laclede product and from a Laclede verified source.

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Second, on all of Laclede’s heat treated chain you can find a Trace Code. Heat treating is a process that heats the chain to an extreme temperature to harden the material to improve the metallurgical and tensile properties of the chain. Laclede heat treats Alloy Grade 100 and 80 and Transport Grade 70. These types of chain have trace codes, a combination of numbers and letters usually in sets of 2 or 3, which provide information about the manufacturing history of the chain. A trace code can also identify the origin of the steel; you will only see a trace code on domestic chain.

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Our chain starts as rod made to our exacting requirements from American steel mills.  Each coil is inspected, labeled, and tracked through our factory via our data network.  The rod will be cleaned and drawn into an exact wire diameter, then stored ahead of the chain making departments.

Chain is produced in small groups of equipment, or cells.  These cells include formers, welders, calibrators, and sometimes twisters.  The former receives the wire, stamps the grade and trace code on it, then cuts it to approximately to the length required of a chain link. This piece is formed into a link which interconnects with the previously formed link, creating a chain from the wire formed links.


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The chain then passes to the welder where each link is machine welded electrically with no filler by heating the edges of the wire ends and forging them together.  The excess material is trimmed.


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After the chain is formed and welded it’s calibrated to ensure the consistency of the length of each link.  This process also tests the strength of the chain, especially concentrating on the welded section.

 

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Samples of the welded chain are cut from the production run several times per shift to be tested to verify the integrity of the weld and to check physical properties. Data from each test is stored electronically for future reference.

 

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Some chains are twisted for use in cross chains that contact the road in tire chains.

 

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Once inspected, the chain is loaded into a storage box to await the next operation.

 

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The next process is determined by the grade of chain and any special customer requirements.  Some chain will be sent to our quench and temper induction heat treaters, where it’s heated to between 1600 and 1700 degrees F, quenched in water, and then tempered at 400 to 600 degrees.

 

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From here, the chain will be proof tested automatically to twice its working load limit.  These chains will be put in drums or cut for assembly into many products, primarily tow and binder chains and agricultural safety chains. Please note that all chains when used must not be loaded to more than their rated working load limit and only alloy chain should be used for overhead lifting.

For other grades of chain such as proof coil or high test no heat treating is needed.   So the next process after form and weld would be package, shot blasting, hot dip galvanizing, zinc plating or other special coatings.  Finished welded chain is packaged, ready for shipment, but likely it will but cut and assembled into an assortment of assembled products.  The chain is then shipped to a customer where it is ready for usage or resale.

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INSPECTION CONSIDERATIONS FOR G80 AND G100 ALLOY CHAIN SLINGS

When called upon to perform a chain sling inspection, there are many points that need to be considered during the inspection.  Below are several pointers to assist in the performance of that inspection.  Keep in mind that OSHA requires at least an annual inspection of all slings and records must be kept on this as well as for all slings.

-You should have plenty of light to assure good visibility and sufficient room to lay out the chain or be able to hang the chain for measuring the length of the chain’s reach (from bearing point to bearing point.)  Two people would make this process easier to measure and mark the records accordingly.

-In accordance with OSHA, there must be a permanently attached tag identifying the chain sling as to size, grade, reach, WLL.  In addition you may need the sling card record to identify the style (SGG, SOS, CO etc.) if not also shown on the tag.   If no tag is on the assembly, it is considered out of service since there is no method of identifying it as to what it is supposed to be.  It may have been modified and not re-tagged or may have had a ‘field repair’ to keep in service.  Either way, it is no longer a valid sling without the tag.

-Once you have found the chain sling tag, measure the chain sling to assure the size/grade and reach are all per the tag’s information.  If not, then the chain sling should be removed from service.  If the information is per the tag’s markings, then continue to do a conditional inspection.  Assure the chain and fittings are adequate for the size/grade of chain.

-Look for any twisted, bent, nicked, gouged or deformed links.  Be sure there are no signs of excessive wear on the outside of the links (as if having been dragged for prolonged periods of time) or on the inside of the links where each link joins the next link as this is a major point of hinge wear for all chain.  Also be sure to check for signs of exposure to heat, caustic solutions and weld spatter as these can all effect alloy chain and fittings.  All the fittings should move/hinge freely and should not have difficulty in moving as needed.  Stretched/elongated links indicate an overload has occurred.  This would be a cause for removal as well.  Inspections of the fittings are also critical as they are fully engaged with the chain and its overall function.  Many of the same elements apply to these as are used for the chain inspection.

-Twist or bent fittings, nicks, cracks, cuts/gouges, excess wear, deformations, distortion, heat exposure and illegible markings are all cause for potential failure and reasonable grounds for removal from service.  While OSHA has some ‘wiggle room’ for hook distortions, we feel ANY bent fittings are grounds for removal from service…SOMETHING caused that hook to twist or open and it was most likely an overload…would you want to stand near a loaded sling with a bent hook?  We wouldn’t either.

Again these are just highlights for sling inspections.  OSHA states that:

“The thorough inspection of alloy steel chain slings shall be performed by a competent person designated by the employer, and shall include a through inspection for wear, defective welds, deformation and increase in length.  Where such defects or deterioration are present, the sling shall be immediately removed from service.”

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It’s boating season! Time to review some Trailer Safety facts! Here are ten quick facts to review before attaching a trailer to a vehicle:

1. Trailer Chains 10,000lbs and lighter conform to the SAE J-684 industry standard.

 

2. Trailer Safety chains are classified in a “Class” determined by the GVWR, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, in lbs.

Class 1 3000# GVWR

Class 2 3500# GVWR

Class 3 5000# GVWR

Class 4 76000# GVWR

 

3. Definition of GVWR, Gross Vehicle Rating:

Is the maximum load of the total trailer weight, this includes everything on the trailer itself. This weight can be found on the factory installed placard on the trailer.

 

4. If using hooks with a lower rating than the chain in an assembly, you must decrease the GVWR of the assembly to the rating of the lowest component.

 

5. Trailer chain assemblies should be measured from inside the bottom of the end link to inside the top of the hook at the opposite end (bearing point to bearing point.)

 

6. NEVER twist trailer safety chains. Zip ties are a safe and effective way to shorten a trailer chain by gathering the excess links.

 

7. It is NEVER ok to spread the link of a chain to accept an oversized bolt.

 

8. When attaching chains to a vehicle, always cross the chains. Crossing the trailer chains aids in turning the trailer by reducing the probability of stress. It also acts as a cradle in the event of separation from the tow vehicle.

 

9. Clear and or Yellow Zinc are the most common finishes for trailer safety chains.

 

10. NEVER use a trailer chain assembly for an overhead lifting application.

 

If you or your customer have any questions about trailer chain applications or which type of chain is best for your uses, give our Laclede sales team a call. We are happy to help!

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Ever wonder what all those finish options mean or what is the best finish for your application? Maybe you wonder why Transport chain is gold or if powder coat is the same as poly coated chain? No need to worry, we are here to explain them all.

When it comes to chain finishes, Laclede Chain prides itself on the variety of offerings we have to suit you and your customers’ needs. The purpose of this blog is to help you better understand the different finishes that can be applied onto the chain. Below we have listed the standard finish options along with a couple special circumstances.

Self Colored: This type speaks for itself; it is a chain that has no finish at all.

Electro Galvanized: Probably the most commonly used finish. This finish is used on G70 (Gold), G43 (Silver) and G30 (Silver) chain. We now offer it on alloy chain too!

Continuous electro-plating is a plating process that deposits zinc to the surface of the chain through electro-deposition. After the zinc metal is deposited on the surface of the chain, a thin film of trivalent clear / Blue chromate (colorless ends up as a silver finish) or hexavalent Yellow / Gold (colored) chromate is applied over the zinc plate, to protect the zinc metal from oxidizing. Making Transport chain gold is an industry standard, plain and simple.

Hot Dipped Galvanized: This can be used on any type of chain but is more common on G43 and G30. On the higher grades of chain that go through the heat treated process, this plating process will reduce the working load limit. This finish is used a lot in marine and outdoor applications because it is more rust resistant than EG.

Continuous Hot Dip galvanizing is a galvanizing process where the chain is cleaned and fluxed prior to submersion in an 850° molten zinc bath. This coating offers a heavier layer of zinc metal compared with electro-plated coatings.

Alloy Coating: Our alloy chain has a basic water soluble polymer solution on the chain. The main purpose for this is to cover the heat treat scale on the chain. G80 appears as a black finish and G100 appears as grey.

There are other special finishes that Laclede chain is happy to help you with; for example, Powder coated chain. Powder coated chains are coated using a dry powder that is electro statically applied and then baked on to the surface of the chain. Powder coat can also be referred to as Poly coat, yes they are the same thing! It has an excellent appearance with a very durable finish and can be supplied in various colors.

If you ever have any questions on finishes or which option works best for your application please feel free to call our sales team. If you have a need for a different finish that is not listed, we would be glad to consider that coating for our chain. We are here to help!

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Laclede Chain's next customer sling class is slated for Monday, April 14th, 2014.

Not sure what a "DOG" chain sling means?  Hint -It's not a furry friend on four legs with a chain leash.  A "DOG" is a Double chain sling with an Oblong master link on one end and Grab hooks on the other ends.  The attendees at our sling class will learn chain sling terminology such as "DOG."

Other helpful topics at the sling class include:

  • Process for manufacturing G80 & G100 Alloy chain
  • Quality procedures for manufacturing
  • Plant tour
  • Sling Assembly
  • Attachments
  • Q/A
  • Written open book test
  • Hands on Sling Inspection
  • Review

The logistics! Attendees will need to arrive on Sunday, April 13th (preferably between 2pm and 4 pm) for transportation to our factory in Maryville, MO. The factory is a quick 90 minute drive from the Kansas City airport. If you will be driving in, please plan to arrive at our factory at 7:45am Monday morning. Our class will wrap up around 2:30 pm on Monday, therefore flight arrangements after 5pm are strongly recommended.

Laclede provides the lodging and meals.

We limit the class size so please contact us soon.

Call us at 1-800-325-2699 and we will reserve you a spot.

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Driving in snow and ice can get the best of all of us so whether it is getting your vehicle out of deep snow, decreasing stopping distance or dramatically improving overall handling tire chains can be a lifesaver.  Even with four-wheel drive tire chains enhance handling and traction for acceleration and braking.  There are plenty of good reasons to have a set of chains in your trunk or in the cab of your truck.

Selecting exactly what style of traction device can be a little tricky, but don’t worry, of the many options Laclede Chain Manufacturing has available there’s one that is sure to meet your needs.  For passenger cars, sport utility vehicles and light trucks Laclede Chain’s lineup falls into three main categories:  cable chains, ladder style link chains and diamond pattern hoop chains.

Cable chains are a good entry level option and work well with tight wheel well clearance applications.  Laclede’s cable chains are designed to allow the rollers on the cross members to rotate while in use.   This allows the cross members to wear more evenly as contact is spread out across more surface area.  Cable chains are easy to install, provide a smoother ride but do not provide as much traction as some of our other styles of traction devices.

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Ladder style link chains have some advantages over cable chains due to a more aggressive profile and heavier material all around.  These factors result in a higher degree of enhancement to traction, braking, acceleration, general handling and durability.  Link chains are noisier with a bumpier ride than cable chains.  Because of the heavier duty construction and larger wire diameters ladder style link chains do not meet SAE Class S wheel well requirements for Light Truck and SUV applications.

For passenger car applications our ladder type chains come in one style Passenger Link aka “PL” and this product series does meet SAE Class S Wheel Well Requirements.

For light truck applications most of our ladder configuration chains come in both a “CAM” style and “R” (Regular side chain) style.  Both CAM and R chains have the same components except for on the outside rail of side chain.

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The outside rail of a CAM style chain contains multiple (three or four) locking cam plates that serve to help tighten the chain once installed on the tire.   Each pair of CAM chains comes with a cam tightening tool (“T-handle”) that allows the cams to be turned and locked in to place to take up slack in the chain.  A snug fitting chain will last longer and with cams there is no need to use a separate rubber adjuster for tightening.

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“R” (Regular) style link chains have a flat plate lever fastener on one end of the outside rim chain.  During installation you just slip a link onto the plate, rotate the plate 180° and then move the keeper plate to hold the lever in place.  We recommend using rubber adjusters with these chains to help keep the chains tight on the tire.

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Laclede Alpine Series is our premium product line for passenger, light truck and SUV applications.  These chains are easy to install, provide excellent traction, and a smoother, quieter ride due to the diamond configuration of the cross chains.  With more cross links distributed across the tire tread face Alpines provide an even greater degree of traction assistance.  Also, the square shape of the cross links provides good bite into snow and ice while distributing wear out more evenly across the link compared to twist link chains.

Alpines can be installed without moving your vehicle so they are a great tool for getting unstuck.  The Alpine series incorporates a draw chain tightening mechanism which allows for an extremely tight fit and a smoother and quieter ride compare to other products.  Our Alpine Premier (1500) and Alpine Sport (2300) series are SAE Clearance Class-S while the Alpine Super Sport (2500) are SAE Clearance Class-U.

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INSTALLATION VIDEOS


Passenger Cable: http://lacledechain.com/videos/passcable.html

Light Truck Cable: http://lacledechain.com/videos/heavytrucksinglecable.html

PL chain: http://lacledechain.com/videos/passlink.html

R style truck chain: http://lacledechain.com/videos/lighttrucksingleR.html

CAM style truck chain: http://lacledechain.com/videos/lighttrucksinglecam.html

Alpines: http://lacledechain.com/videos/passalpine.html


Here are a few more things to note before you get on the road with your chains:


CHECK YOUR OWNERS MANUAL – There should be a section in your vehicle owner’s manual with details on wheel well clearance and tire chain usage.  It is important to follow these guidelines.

ALWAYS TEST FIT YOUR CHAINS – The tire sizes listed on packaging, literature and our website are recommendations, not absolute guarantees.  Even within the same size designation, two different brands or styles of tires can vary in size by up to 15%. Not only will test fitting your chains ensure a proper fit on the tire, it will familiarize you with the installation process.

TIGHTEN YOUR CHAINS FREQUENTLY – It is extremely important to stop and re-tighten your tire chains after driving a short distance.  During re-tightening you may find you can take up an extra link or two on the rim chain, or on cam style chains get that last cam to lock down.  You should also check your chains periodically during use for tightness and wear.

DO NOT DRIVE ON BARE PAVEMENT – There are certain circumstances when driving on bare pavement is unavoidable.  Driving on bare pavement for more than a short distance dramatically reduces the life of the chain and can result in product failure.

DO NOT SPIN YOUR TIRES – Even with tire chains on, some spinning of tires may be unavoidable.  Excessive tire spinning places a lot of extra tension on chains and can cause product failure.  Do not drive with a broken chain.

 

If you have any further questions please contact us at 1-800-547-4702, via e-mail, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by using our new live chat feature on our website, http://www.lacledechain.com.  We’re available Monday-Friday, from 7:30AM to 4:00PM PST.


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Laclede Chain would like to extend its congratulations to the Maryville High School football team for winning the State Championship in St. Louis, Missouri at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2013. The Maryville Spoofshounds beat the Seneca Indians by a score of 50-28. This is the second year in a row the team has won the Missouri State Class 3 Football Championship title.

 

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Maryville, Missouri is home to one of Laclede Chain’s manufacturing plants and many of our employees are involved with the high school and the community. Tim Catlett, Director of Materials in Maryville, and Mike Dredge, Assembly Department in Maryville, both have sons who are seniors on the Varsity Football team. Logan Catlett (#56) and Trent Dredge (#15) helped their team throughout the season to achieve an undefeated record of 15-0. Tim mentioned that after losing 22 senior players from last year’s State Championship winning team the season started a little shaky, but coaching skills and adapting to the new team’s strengths shaped this team and helped take them to the title game again. This 15-0 winning record combined with last year’s wins makes the team 30-0 for the past two seasons!

 

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It seems that winning, not only as a team but as a school, is something Maryville High School should be recognized for. Not only did the Varsity Football team have an undefeated record, but so did their JV and Freshman teams. One of our Assistants in Maryville, Kristin Stuart has a son, Kory, who plays on Maryville High School’s Freshman team, and helped them achieve a 9-0 winning season. The football cheerleaders have made great accomplishments as well this season. Our Project Manager in Maryville, Kenny Driskell has a daughter, Madison, who is a senior Varsity Cheerleader at Maryville and helped her team place 6th at the Missouri State Cheerleading Competition!


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A big congratulations to these students and all students at Maryville High School for their accomplishments this fall. Laclede Chain is proud of its community and its achievements! Below is a list of the Maryville School District’s season records.

Maryville Middle School 7th grade 6-0

Maryville Middle School 8th grade 6-0

Maryville High School Freshman 9-0

Maryville High School Junior Varsity 9-0

Maryville High School Varsity 15-0 State Champions

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From standard ladder pattern chains to cables to hoop style and a host of others, snow chains come in a surprising variety of flavors.  The features, benefits, advantages and trade offs with each type can vary widely.  Our concept with the Alpine series tire chains was to combine a plethora of key ingredients into one very capable and easy to use tire chain.

Let’s start with what for many is the most challenging and even dreaded aspect of tire chain use – the installation.  Our Alpine chains are designed in such a way for all of the connections to be made in front of the tire and without moving or lifting the vehicle.   In addition, once the chain is installed there is no need for a separate tightening adjuster or bungee because Alpines feature a built-in draw chain style tightener.  Check out this installation video.  Removal of the chain after use is very quick and easy too.  With a few rounds of practice installation the Alpines can be installed in just a couple minutes!

What about traction and durability?  There are several key advantages with the type and configuration of the Alpine's cross chain construction.  The individual cross links are a straight, square link design instead of the more traditional round twist link or cable type.  The square edge of the link provides more bite for enhanced traction and at the same time the wear on the cross link is more evenly distributed across the surface.


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The cross chains are in a diamond pattern configuration across the tire tread face resulting in more chain in contact with the road for more consistent traction, better cornering and stopping and starting.  The diamond pattern configuration also produces a significantly smoother and quieter ride without the thump, thump, thump that comes with ladder pattern style chains.

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The Alpine series is composed of three lines:  Alpine Premier for passenger cars, Alpine Sport for Light Truck and SUV and Alpine Super Sport for Light Truck, SUV and Commercial Truck.  Both the Premier and Sport versions meet SAE Class S wheel well requirements, while the Super Sport does not due to the heavier cross chain and components.  Be sure to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for information on tire chain use and always pre-fit your chains to check for proper fitment.

In summary, the Alpine Series tire chains take a lot of fuss and frustration out of the tire chain installation process – no more rolling around in the snow!  Alpines are designed to make proper fitment and tightening easy.  The square link diamond pattern design offers a traction advantage compared to most other chains along with a smoother and quieter ride.  Alpine's are a proven winner for safe winter driving!

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As with Bigfoot we’re not entirely sure where the myths and rumors originated, nor what keeps them going, but for some reason there are persistent misconceptions and myths that tire chain use is illegal in certain states.  In all of the research we have done and to the best of our current understanding the usage of tire chains is not prohibited in any state!  (We’re not sure about sasquatches though).

To re-examine this issue we recently combed through tire chain, tire and studded tire information on a state-by-state basis.  The pertinent data is summarized with key findings here.   This comprehensive state-by-state summary contains codes, laws and additional resource links including D.O.T. information.

 

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Tire chain regulations and codes vary by state with many of the Western states such as Washington, Oregon, Colorado and California having the most specific guidelines.  Many states in the Midwest, East and South have general guidelines stating chains may be used on vehicles when required for safety because of snow and ice. Just click on the link above for specific information.

Hopefully this clears up some confusion and inaccurate information and beliefs about tire chain usage.  It is OK to use tire chains for driving in snow and ice conditions in every state.  It’s also important to know that tire chains have come a long way over the years and Laclede features a line of industry leading passenger car, light truck and SUV tire chains in our Alpine series.  These chains can be quickly installed and removed without moving your vehicle.  More on that next time!

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Welcome to Laclede Chain’s brand new company blog – thanks for checking us out!  We look forward to sharing more of Laclede’s story here, including what makes our chain products unique and better.  We’ll be talking about the different types of tire chains, usage tips and a host of other topics with some weather chat along the way.

With some of the first snowflakes of the season arriving to the upper elevations of the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Rockies this week it’s a reminder that Old Man Winter can’t be too far off.  Fall is a great time to review or put together a winter safety car kit.  Here are some useful tips from the Washington State Department of Transportation:

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/winter/emergencykit.htm

Like a lot of things, when it comes to installing tire chains practice can make perfect, or at least almost perfect.  Whether you are a winter recreationalist, commercial truck driver or anyone with a set of snow chains, fall is an ideal time to inspect your chains and practice the installation process a few times.  Laclede continues to add to our library of tire chain installation videos so click here for a listing of video tutorials for many of our products as well as printable text instructions.

If you are looking to purchase tire chains please give us a call for more information at 800-547-4702 or shoot us an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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