The tires shown in this picture are brand new and will deliver full traction even without the chains. Unfortunately even on pure ice, they will slip and that is when you should consider using tire chains for snow blowers on your tires to provide much better traction and avoid slippage. There are times when it make sense to use tire chains for snow blowers and other times when you should not use them under any circumstances. Long driveways with slopes are examples when tire chains might be needed. You can waste a lot of time and become very frustrated trying to deal with icy snow conditions on an upward slope. You may even have to up hill without clearing any snow just to make it up the hill. Even going down hill in heavy snow with ice underneath may be a challenge. But when would you want to reconsider using tire chains?
Tire Chains for Snow Blowers
Any time you have a newly paved driveway that you do not want to scratch, or paving stones that cost you thousands of dollars is a time when you do not want to use tire chains. The chains will leave scratches that cannot be removed or hidden and most people would not like this at all.
In fact you should also use a Teflon scraper bar on the bottom and Teflon shoes for the snow blower to avoid any scratches on your pavement or paver stones. If you are planning to hire a professional snow clearing company to clear your driveway, this fact should be checked to make sure they use the right equipment on your newly paved driveway to avoid permanent damage.