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    Tire chain storage ??

    I bought a new set of tire chains this yr. they now have some rust as expected I would like to keep them in decent shape . I have herd of storing them in a bucket with oil and sand or just oil . How do you store yours ??

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    I assume the chains are for your garden tractor pictured in your Avatar. Don't worry too much about the rust, it is probably just a bit of surface rust. While you could spray or coat them with oil they are really going to be messy when you go to put them back on.

    My 2720 uses garden tractor sized chains on the front tires and I keep them hanging from some pegs in the garage so they don't get all twisted and tangled. The rear tire chains are 3/8" and each one weighs about 80+ lbs. I keep those in 5 gallon buckets. Both my front and rear chains has a bit of surface rust on them which cleans right off the first time I clear snow the following winter.
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    I hang my chiains up and spray them down with Fluid Film. It is a chore like jgayman said - it’s takes 2 of us with me on a step ladder to do it.

    The only thing about keeping them in a bucket is the possibility of them getting tangled. I know my luck - I can roll up an extension cord all nice and neat and it will still get knotted somehow.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I hang my chiains up and spray them down with Fluid Film. It is a chore like jgayman said - it’s takes 2 of us with me on a step ladder to do it.

    The only thing about keeping them in a bucket is the possibility of them getting tangled. I know my luck - I can roll up an extension cord all nice and neat and it will still get knotted somehow.....
    IMO, regardless of their size, hanging them is probably the best way. I've never oiled mine either. I just mark the wall which side is right and left. In my case anyway. The chains aren't exactly identical, and I also mark how many links both inner and outer get per side. I'm still lucky I can hang mine with a 3 step stool without help.
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    I toss them back in the bag they came in, and slide them under the workbench in the barn
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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    IMO, regardless of their size, hanging them is probably the best way. I've never oiled mine either. I just mark the wall which side is right and left. In my case anyway. The chains aren't exactly identical, and I also mark how many links both inner and outer get per side. I'm still lucky I can hang mine with a 3 step stool without help.
    I store mine marked left/right as well but I eliminated the "which link" guessing game by cutting off the extra links once they were adjusted. Now all four chains simply latch to the last link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I store mine marked left/right as well but I eliminated the "which link" guessing game by cutting off the extra links once they were adjusted. Now all four chains simply latch to the last link.
    Mine are long - I think my tires are at the low end range of sizes they will work on. When I install them I am on the tightest link before getting to a cross bar. With my chains they are an X pattern and not a simple job at all to take some out.

    But they work fine - just have a lot of extra links dangling to deal with which I use heavy cable ties for. I am afraid to cut off any being my tires are about 1/2 worn. If it ever comes to the day that I have to buy rear tires they wouldn't be long enough.
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    Rust? I do not worry about rust!!





    A local surplus shop always has spray paint for a dollar a can,,

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    I thought everyone had a tire chain rust remover??

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    On a nail in a wall stud. Rust really doesn’t bother me, but fluid film would be easy to spray on.
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    Remove from tractor, tape side chain connectors to end links, drop in plastic Tidy Cats bucket, douse with WD40, put on lid, mark which tractor they go on, enjoy redwing blackbird songs... E-Z.
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