Our Secrets about Wheels and Chains!

Written by Lucas Gulino,


At Onspot, nothing is left to chance! Each piece that makes up the complete system has been the subject of a comprehensive study. The same is true for our chains. Have you already noticed that we use different types of chains? Each of them has been designed to meet a specific need, and we will reveal our secrets about wheels and chains!

Two different Onspot systems

If we look at Onspot worldwide, we see that there are two different Onspot systems. One is specific to the North American market and the other is used in rest of the world.

Do you know why the systems are different?

First, we need to answer why trucks aren’t the same on the five continents? Each piece of equipment evolves differently according to the country, the culture and the market. Therefore, Onspot has adapted by proposing market specific solutions for the ever-changing trucking industry.


Thus, the Scania of Sweden will be equipped with the International version of Onspot while the Mack of North America benefits from the North American version.


6, 12 or 18 chains?

After reviewing the different systems, I invite you to look at the chains themselves and you will see that there are several forms or sizes:

  • The 6-strand chain wheel with the most powerful links gives the best grip in most road conditions, especially on packed snow and slush. We supply a 6-strand chain wheel as its standard chain wheel.
  • The 12-strand chain wheel gives the best grip on ice and snow, with always two links between the tire and the road.
  • The 18-strand chain wheel is a comfort wheel, which is good on ice and which you can’t feel that much in the vehicle.

These four types of chains come in two sizes: 170mm and 190mm. 20 mm apart is not much, but this has been studied to offer you the best performance according to the size of your tyres.

Now that you understand why the system and the chains are different, find out which bracket kit is right for your vehicle!

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Lucas Gulino

About Lucas Gulino

Lucas is part of the Onspot sales team and is based in France. He studied sales and received a national diploma in a 2 year program. Lucas discovered Onspot when he was completing a 3 year program focused on trading and customer relationships, ultimately receiving a higher technician diploma in this area of study. Lucas has worked at Onspot since 2014 and he is passionate about the industry and its associated marketing strategies. Lucas is a lover of wine and travel. When he is not at work, you may find him in a restaurant or coffee shop in his hometown of Metz.
Lucas fait partie de l'équipe de vente Onspot et est basé en France. Il a étudié la vente et obtenu un diplôme national dans le cadre d'un programme de deux ans. Lucas a découvert Onspot alors qu'il achevait un programme de trois ans axé sur le commerce et les relations avec la clientèle, obtenant finalement un diplôme de technicien supérieur dans ce domaine d'étude. Lucas travaille chez Onspot depuis 2014 et se passionne pour le secteur de l'industrie et les stratégies marketing associées. Lucas est un amoureux du vin et des voyages. Quand il n'est pas au travail, vous pouvez le trouver dans un restaurant ou un café dans sa ville natale de Metz.


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