Why are certain chains more expensive than others?
Posted by Nathan, Last modified by on 02 November 2010 10:24 AM
Snow chain manufacturers aim for the best grip at a certain price point. Chain grip is a function of the 'pitch' of the chain - a relationship between the length and width of each link - as well as the chain pattern. Snow chains also need to be case hardened, typically to approximately 15% of chain thickness. If they are too soft they'll wear too fast, but if too brittle they will break. The quality of the steel makes a very significant difference to cost. Unusual snow chain sizes also cost a lot more.

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