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The Importance Of Maintaining Sprayer Tyres

Wed, 2 Nov 2022 | PRODUCTS


The sprayer tyres fitted to your self-propelled sprayer are the direct connection between your fields and the considerable investment you make in crop protection products – not to mention your sprayer itself. Ensuring they are afforded proper maintenance is therefore vital, particularly as it also has implications for safety and performance. Following these tips for sprayer tyre maintenance will help minimises wear and damage – and hold off that next internet research for ‘sprayer tyres for sale’ and ‘sprayer tyres near me’ and those hours spent trawling sprayer tyres prices lists for replacements.


Maintaining your sprayer tyres by regularly checking – and if necessary, correcting – their pressures is important in performance terms. If your sprayer’s tyres are operating below their recommended pressures, their footprint will be greater than intended and the sprayer’s transmission will come under strain attempting to attain and maintain the intended spraying speed than it would do if the sprayer tyres were operating at the correct pressures.


If your sprayer’s tyre pressures are not maintained properly and the machine’s performance is affected, then its accuracy will also be affected. Low tyre pressures, as detailed above, can affect forward speed, and this in turn can impact application rates. In addition, underinflated sprayer tyres will affect boom stability and spraying height, with serious impacts on application accuracy.


The effects on performance and accuracy of under-inflated sprayer tyres will have consequent effects for economy. Performance-wise, low sprayer tyre pressures will mean the sprayer will use more fuel, while the oil in the machine’s transmission – most often hydrostatic on a self-propelled sprayer – will degrade faster, potentially leading to quicker component wear. In addition, because the accuracy of application is affected, more product than intended may be applied, increasing application costs and potentially reducing crop output if the crop is affected detrimentally.


It may seem an obvious statement, but inspection of sprayer tyres’ carcases before work is an important element of reliability. By ensuring you are aware of any splits, cracks or bulges caused by stones, flints or foreign objects, they are less likely to cause a nasty surprise with a puncture in the middle of the field or at speed on the road. Cleaning sprayer tyres regularly of dirt and debris is therefore an important element of maintenance.


Maintaining sprayer tyres through regular checks to ensure they are operated at the correct pressures, are cleaned often and have their carcase, sidewalls, tread and bead examined for damage and dirt/foreign object ingress all contributes to ensuring the safety of tyres, wheels, the sprayer and its load. Good sprayer tyre maintenance minimises the risk of tyre damage and punctures, and the associated risk and cost.

As the sprayer tyres fitted to your self-propelled sprayer connect your machine and its loads to your soil and the crops it grows, maintaining them through regular examination and checking of pressures is critical. The advice above should help you extend the time until you next need to search for ‘sprayer tyres for sale’ and ‘sprayer tyres near me’ and invest hours scanning sprayer tyres prices lists for replacements.