- Saturday May 04, 2019
- Tyre Care
To Ballast or Not
Ballasting is utilized for equipment functionality and stability, as well as transferring power to the ground.
Commonly used ballasting materials include rocks, soil, cast iron, water, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride, beet juice and more. Some of these are relatively cheap while others are expensive. Some are environmentally friendly and others not so much. Some have lots of versatility while others do not.
— The most critical aspect of adding ballasting is how much weight to add and where to place these materials –
Agricultural and construction equipment with buckets or lifting forks have massive cast iron counterweights built into the design of the machine to provide functionality. Agricultural tractors have optional wheel, axle and suitcase weight packages to address total weight and the weight distribution that is critical to optimum performance.
Concerning farm tractors, the first critical factor is knowing the engine horsepower of the tractor and the axle weights. Ideally, the weight per horsepower ratio should be between 100 and 120 pounds/hp. The lighter weights are more desirable and efficient as long as there are no performance issues such as stability or wheel hop. Increased weight ratios may be utilized to reduce slip which increases efficiency especially in demanding applications.
The weight distribution is extremely important:
- For 2-wheel drive tractors, the weight distribution should be 30% on the front axle and 70% on the rear.
- MFWA tractors should have 35% on the front and 65% on the rear axle.
- Four-wheel drive tractors should carry 60% on the front and 40% on the rear axle.
Allowances for additional weight due to attachments should also be calculated into your weight distribution adjustments. Wheel weight, axle weight and suitcase weight packages are utilized to obtain the correct weight total and distribution.
Additional weight adjustments should include weight packages as the first option. Keep in mind that for optimum performance, the weight required often changes with the implement that is carried by the three-point hitch or pulled with the draw bar as well as the application.
Maximizing versatility with weight adjustments should be a major consideration. Adding liquid ballast into the tire’s air chamber is the least desirable. Liquid ballast reduces performance due to inhibiting the deflection of the sidewalls of radial tires. Liquid ballast is less versatile but may be utilized as part of your weight distribution program.
Air pressures should be set just above the maximum load carrying capacity you are expecting from your tires based on the most demanding application. The calculated air pressures for roading are quite different from operational pressures for field work. Changing air pressures between road and field usage is time consuming and usually not practiced.
–– Air pressures should be set for the road application due to the higher speeds which is the most demanding from a load carrying aspect —
Under inflating tires will damage the tires and eventually lead to failure. Tires are too expensive to risk failure from under inflation for any of your applications!
Correct weight distribution and overall weight totals are key to maximizing tractor performance and transfering power to the ground.
- Saturday September 18, 2021
- Rodeo sponsorships
CEAT Rides Rodeo to Brand Awareness with Ranchers & Farmers
With rodeo’s deep roots in America’s agriculture and ranching history, it’s no surprise CEAT Specialty Tires is tapping into the rodeo community to educate people about how to save money by investing in the right tires. In July, CEAT announced a three-year partnership with the World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA), wherein CEAT was designated the […]
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- Monday September 13, 2021
Farmers Are Asking for CEAT at Millersburg Tire
We welcomed Brad Schmucker, owner of Millersburg Tire, at our Farm Progress Show booth recently and were pleased to hear that more and more of his farmer customers are asking for CEAT Ag tires by name. Millersburg Tire Service in Millersburg, OH, has been in business for 66 years because their farmer customers trust them — […]
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- Wednesday September 08, 2021
Getting Our Cowgirl (and Cowboy) On at Farm Progress Show
Our Farm Progress Show booth in Decatur, IL, last week was a hub of activity . . . with hundreds riding our mechanical bull and farmers checking out a wide range of CEAT Ag radial and bias tire options. The bull was part of our booth to celebrate our rodeo sponsorships and to create buzz […]
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