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Prolong the Life of Your Farm Tractor Tires

Sun, 13 Nov 2022 | PRODUCTS


Tractor tires are a significant investment for farmers and ranchers. Follow these steps to ensure you get maximum life and performance from your investment.

Inflate properly– Nothing is more important than keeping your farm tires properly inflated. A tire operating outside of the specified inflation range is a problem waiting to happen – probably sooner rather than later. Damage is inflicted on any tractor tire that is not properly inflated. Inflate to the air pressure that is appropriate for the most demanding application for each tire. This critical information is contained in the tire manufacturer’s data book. The load and inflation tables show the speed range, inflation range and the load range for each tire.

Check air pressure — It’s important to regularly check the tire air pressure. Air pressures should be taken when the tractor tires have not been running and considered to be at a “cold” temperature. Checking tires first thing in the morning is best since they have been sitting overnight. If you reduce your pressure after taking a warm inflation pressure, you likely will end up in an under-inflation situation. Under inflation of any tractor tire can result in sidewall deflection that extends beyond the deflection parameters of the sidewall, resulting in tire damage.

Don’t overload tractor or implement– Each tractor tire has a load capacity as mentioned above. Carrying load that is way above the recommended load for the tractor or implement will cause damage and increase the tread wear rate. This critical information is contained in the tire manufacturer’s data book. Your tire dealer can also be a valuable resource for determining a tire’s load capacity.

Visually inspect tractor tires– Look for abnormalities in the tread pattern and sidewall, such as bulges cracks and tears. Also, if you see signs of irregular wear in the tread, this could mean the tire is not being used properly for the application (most often is under inflated) or there is an issue with the equipment. Either way, detecting irregular wear early will help you correct the problem before too much damage is done.

Tire storage — Properly storing your farm tires over the winter or when they are not in use will extend their life. The first step is to clean them before storage.

Tractor tires typically accumulate brake dust, road grime, and dirt. This gunk can be harmful to the tire if it is allowed to stay on for extended periods of time. Use soap, water and a good tire brush. Then wipe the tires down completely and allow them to air dry.

Store them upright in a cool, dry place — Store tractor tires in an upright position, not lying down flat or stacked if possible. Make sure to keep them in a cool, dry place away from the sun

Watch the speed – Farm tractor tires are spending more and more time on the road these days as farmers work tracts that are more spread out. Most farm tires have a maximum speed rating of 25 miles per hour or less. When drivers go faster than their recommended speeds, they generate an excessive amount of heat in the tires. This heat breaks down the rubber in the tires, separating interior liners and belts. Not a good thing as you can imagine!

Leading global tire manufacturers like CEAT Specialty spend tens of millions of dollars to develop tractor tires that provide exceptional levels of traction, durability, roadability and less soil compaction that were unattainable just a few years ago.

The CEAT Torquemax VF, for example, keeps your tractor running smooth regardless of conditions on field on and off the field. It features a tilted lug tip that reduces vibration and noise. A higher angle and lug overlap at the center provides better roadability, and the lower angle at shoulder gives superior traction. The rounded shoulders ensure lesser damage to soil and crops. A wider tread and larger inner volume reduce soil compaction, and the R1-W tread depth ensures longevity of the tires.

With the VF (very high flexion) technology, the Torquemax has the ability to carry 40% more load or the same load with 40% less pressure. By utilizing the lower inflation pressures, a farmer can increase the tires’ ground contact area, helping with traction and fuel economy . . . and reduce the harmful downward forces that cause soil compaction.

Farmers are always prioritizing their many tasks. There are just enough hours in the day right? Taking the time to properly maintain your tractor tires, however, will pay handsome dividends.

Torquemax VF800/70R38 radials on a Case tractor in Ontario, Canada.