Things to Know Before Purchasing Farm Implement Tires

With spring planting season in full swing in most parts of the country, farmers are getting their various implements into the fields and ready for action. If your implement equipment needs new tires, here’s some facts to know:

Overall, implement tires by necessity have grown larger in diameter as well as section width. This increase in size was due to the increasing sizes of equipment and additional attachments to existing equipment. Larger, heavier and more complex implements require more load and speed capacity.

Farm implement tires traditionally were barely adequate at best in many fitments, but as the equipment size and more importantly the weights increased, there was a need to increase the weight carrying capacity to minimize tire failures. Increasing the diameter, as well as the section width, increases the size of the air chamber and can increase the tires’ weight carrying capacity along with raising the ply rating.

The CEAT Spraymax VF is specially designed for self propelled sprayers.

Also, farmers are becoming more concerned with compaction. They are looking for options to minimize compaction during all operations in their fields. This is why CEAT developed the Spraymax VF for self-propelled sprayers. The CEAT Spraymax VF is engineered to carry 40 percent more load than a standard radial. Alternately, it carries the same load as a standard radial at 40 percent lesser pressure. Furthermore, the Spraymax VF delivers exceptional traction in the field and a smooth steady ride on the road.

Key elements of the Spraymax VF design include:

  • Stepped lug design provides better grip and traction.
  • The center tie bar delivers superior roadability.
  • Its rounded shoulders mean less soil and crop damage.
  • The higher NSD ensures longer life.

Tread patterns on implement tires have typically been straight rib designs with low void ratios, but these designs tend to skid or push soil forward. Therefore, more and more implement tire tread designs like the Spraymax VF have some variations that incorporate higher lug-to-void ratios. These designs roll better and have enhanced self-cleaning capabilities. They also help stabilize the equipment to minimize sideways movement on hills.

We are also seeing a transition in implement tires from bias ply construction to radial tires such as the Spraymax VF that can be used in the field at lower air pressures than bias tires. Bias implement tires performed okay when the equipment was smaller, road use was not needed as much and the tractors didn’t drive as fast. Today’s equipment has outgrown the weight carrying capacity and speeds of standard bias implement tires.

The radial implement tires that employ IF or VF technology are even more adept at accommodating heavier equipment loads while minimizing soil compaction. In addition to reducing soil compaction, evenly distributing the load across the largest possible footprint also reduces fuel consumption by increasing flotation. With diesel prices at their present levels and farmers facing sky high input costs (i.e., fertilizer), farmers are more interested than ever in reducing fuel costs.

The Spraymax VF, as well as CEAT farm tractor tires, offer the latest technologies at an affordable price for farms and ranches of all sizes. CEAT believes the advantages of VF Ag tires, including soil conservation and higher yield per acre, should not be the sole realm of the mega farming operations. CEAT is delivering VF technology at an affordable price to small and midsize farms that are often multi-generational. The cost per hour of CEAT farm tires is among the industry’s best; coupled with an aggressive entry level price, CEAT delivers VF technology and other Ag tire innovations to farms and ranches of all sizes.

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