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Things to know when looking for tractor tyres

Wed, 16 Mar 2022 | PRODUCTS

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Like most aspects of technology and engineering, tractor tyre development is constantly evolving, as are the ways in which tractor tyres are marketed and sold. The next time you are searching the internet for ‘tractor tyres for sale’ or tractor tyres near me’, or searching a tractor tyres price list use these pointers to help you understand what to look for when buying tractor tyres. Whether you are a regular customer, an infrequent buyer for tyres to fit a lightly-used tractor, or a customer new to tractors and purchasing tyres for them, the advice below will help you find what’s best for your situation.

Ensure you fully understand what can fit your tractor

The first thing to ensure when looking for tractor tyres is that the size under consideration will fit your tractor’s wheels. Wheel rim diameter is measured in inches, and the most common types for tractors of 50-250hp are 34in, 38in, 42in and 46in. If you would like to change to larger diameter wheels you must ensure that the tractor tyres they will be paired with can fit under the tractor’s mudguards, and that the larger wheel and tyre diameter matches the gearing of the tractor’s transmission.

The same is true for tractor tyres of a deeper profile or aspect ratio. In a tractor tyre sizing such as 420/85R38, a common size for a typical 80-120hp tractor, while the first number in a tyre’s specification denotes its section width in millimetres, the second is a measurement of its profile – the height of the face of the tractor tyre from the bead to the point where the tread begins. This is expressed as a percentage of the section width. To ensure any new tractor tyres of a different size will fit beneath the tractor’s mudguards, make sure the tyre’s profile percentage is compatible with the wheel rim diameter and the space beneath the tractor’s mudguards.

Some manufacturers market tractor tyres under different brands

Different brand names on the sidewall of a tractor tyre may not necessarily mean they are made by different firms. The result of mergers, acquisitions and takeovers is that some names may be different brands of the same manufacturer. Do some research on the internet and consult your tractor tyre dealer if you are unsure of the brand you are buying. Some names have a long history of tractor tyre manufacturing, but are relatively new to some markets.

The development of IF and VF technology can give you greater flexibility

Many tractors spend as much time on the road as they do in the field. If this is true of your tractor’s workload, consider investing in the returns offered by tyres with sidewalls that offer greater flexion. Increased flexion (IF) tractor tyres provide the flexibility to operate at the same pressures on the field and the road, and can carry 20% higher loads at the same operating pressure or the same load at 20% lower pressures.For even greater flexibility between road and field work suitability, beyond IF tractor tyres you may wish to consider very high flexion (VF) types, which can carry 40% higher loads at the same operating pressure or the same load at 40% lower pressures.

When next replacing your tractor’s tyres and scanning the web for ‘tractor tyres for sale’ or tractor tyres near me’, or looking through tractor tyres price lists, bear these points in mind. They will help to ensure you select the best tyres for your tractor and its tasks.