TRACTOR TRAILER – SEMI TIRE CHAINS
If you drive a tractor trailer chances are that you are a professional at putting on tire chains. You also know how much you hate chains. Now there is an alternative to steel chains that will provide you with ease of installation, longer lifespan, shorter installation time frame so you can get on the road faster and eliminate the damage caused by steel chains when they break or come off.
But there is more to the GoClaw design than ease of use and that is traction. Most importantly the trax provide lateral traction as shown in the image below. Chains only work when they are perpendicular to the direction of travel. Once a tire starts sliding sideways, chains are basically ineffective. Speed limits are typically limited to 30 MPH with chains on and the GoClaws speed rating is limited to 35 MPH due to insurance restrictions. However to be sure that we are delivering a quality product we have have tested at 55 – 60 MPH without failure. Weight has zero effect on the trax and, under certain conditions, GoClaws have demonstrated up to 10 times as much traction as chains or cables. Lastly, according to most state laws, they need to go on all drive axles as well as all trailer brake axles.
GoClaws work great on almost all tractor trailer rigs. If you don’t see your tire size, due to the many types of tractor trailer tires out there, simply call or email us for sizing. For less common and heavy equipment tires please include the tire size AND measurements in inches we can get you the correct GoClaw model quickly and easily.
Chains are notorious for causing damage to the tractor body, axle, tires and even driver’s hands. While you will not want to drive extensively on dry pavement or exceed 30 mph, intermittent travel on dry pavement can be done. Extensive use in this manner will accelerate wear. However, we have tested GoClaws for 500 miles on hot dry pavement with minimal wear. This is a perfect solution for tractor trailers that travel between clear and snowy roads and many other commercial applications where it is a waste of time to take chains on and off. Additionally GoClaws will not damage dirt maintenance roads like chains do. GoClaws won’t damage expensive tires – sidewall or tread, won’t damage loading areas or private roads or garage floors, come with manufacturer’s warranty, and are Proudly Made in the Good Ole USA. For ice road truckers we offer the ability to add ice studs to the GoClaws dramatically enhancing their traction on solid ice. See our parts page for ice studs.
We recommend traveling at or below 30 mph (48 km/h) to ensure your safety but we have tested them to exceed 50 mph (80 km/h) to ensure an adequate margin safety. Manufacturer’s note: On dry pavement the GoClaws and SnoClaws experience a harmonic imbalance between 15 and 18 MPH. If you power through this speed range the ride smoothes out very nicely.
We will need your shipping address and how many sets you want to order and we will get the order processed right away. All items are typically in stock but it is a good idea to order them and learn how to put them on before you are in the chain installation zone in the cold and snow. A practice session will make you a lot happier when it comes time to use them on the road.