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Important tips for extending tractor tyre life

Thu, 17 Feb 2022 | PRODUCTS

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When you buy a new set of tractor tyres – perhaps after typing ‘tractor tyres for sale’ or ‘tractor tyres near me’ into a search engine, or studying tractor tyres price lists – you make a significant investment. You invest not just in your machine’s operating capabilities, but also its financial performance. Here’s some advice to maximise tractor tyre life and help get the most from your outlay.

1. Make tractor tyre pressure checks part of your daily service routine

Few things will shorten a tractor tyre’s life faster than under-inflation. Not only are under-inflated tyres dangerous at speed on the road and less effective at work in the field, but they are also prone to slippage on the wheel. This slippage occurs because tyres are designed so the recommended pressure provides the force that causes the bead of the tyre to engage with the wheel rim. This engagement transmits the torque from the tractor transmission to the tractor tyre, and onwards to the ground. If the tractor tyre slips on the wheel rim, the bead can become damaged, writing off the tractor tyre. Under-inflations will also affect the integrity of the tractor tyre sidewalls, causing them to flex and potentially crack.

Over-inflation of tractor tyres tends to be a less common issue, but will also negativelyaffect tractor tyre life. Over-inflated tractor tyres will again be subject to increased sidewall deterioration, in this instance due to the greater strain put on them by the excessive air pressure. In short, aim to make tractor tyre pressure checks part of your daily service routine.

2. Take care during road travel

When travelling between farms and fields, adjusting your driving manner and speed to the road and its condition can significantly prolong tractor tyre life. When approaching roundabouts and junctions, try to use the tractor’s transmission to reduce its speed gradually. In this way, not only will brake life be extended, but so too will the life of the tractor tyres as they will be subject to lower levels of friction with the tarmac and therefore reduced abrasion of the rubber compound that makes up the tread. Unnecessary use of the brakes rather than the transmission to slow the tractor will abrade the tractor tyres much faster. With modern tractors able to travel at speeds from 40-80km/hr, road wear is potentially a much more significant issue than when 30-40km/hr was the most common road travel speed.

Try also to minimise the likelihood of damage to the tractor tyres’ tread and sidewalls from potholes by avoiding them wherever it is possible to do so. Traffic calming and parking prevention measures such as kerbs and speed islands can also damage tractor tyres – particularly the sidewalls – when hit at speed, so try to steer clear of them where possible.

3. Focus on the wear factors you can easily influence

Unnecessary front ballast that remains fitted to the tractor even when not needed for the task in hand can be a big wear influence on front tractor tyre wear, mainly if the tractor is doing a lot of road travel. Try to ensure that front weights are removed whenever they are unnecessary, such as if the tractor is spending time performing road work with a trailer.

Ensure that when working on concrete – when unloading grain or silage trailers, for example – you try to minimise tight turns, and ensure that four-wheel drive is never engaged when on concrete surfaces.

Follow these few points during tractor operation, and you should get the maximum life length of lifespan from your tractor tyres. You will also maximise the time before you next find yourself searching for ‘tractor tyres for sale’ or ‘tractor tyres near me, or looking through a tractor tyres price list.