Farmers have been running short pieces of chain around the wheel/tire to get by in a pinch for a long time. But most guys who have jacked up rigs running 28" gold spinners probably won't want to go that old school.
Waste of money. A good set of tire chains is under 200 bucks. In the West, Les Schwab would sell you a set with a full refund if the chains were returned unused. A full set, all four is in my truck year round. mtmuley
Have not. Bridgestone Revo's, BFG MT's, BFG AT's and now BFG KO2's. I only pass on information. I went through an entire Colorado winter without calling the plow once, and I drive through about a half mile of no plow private property before I get up to my house. Amazing performance
If you're looking for an aid to get that extra little boost out of a hole because you didn't put your chains on early enough, get a set of MaxTrax. I've had a set for a couple years and wouldn't head to the woods without them. Mud, snow, sand, plus you can use them like a shovel for loose material.
Tire chains are great, and I have ST Maxxs, but without a shovel, I wasn't going anywhere. Now I always carry a shovel, hi-lift jack, and common sense.
Funny how knowing where the turkeys are will make you think, "ah, yeah, that shortcut looks doable..." This took 4-5 hours to dig out. I'm lucky I'm at least smart enough to carry an E-Tool (entrenching tool).