There is a lot of information online about maintaining car and tractor-trailer tires. There is not a lot out there for agriculture tires. And yet, farmers do not want to spend any more on tractor and wagon tires than truckers want to spend to outfit their rigs. So knowing how to extend wagon and tractor tire life is important to farmers.
You can purchase tractor tires from Mytee Products for less than $200 apiece. Farmers can spend thousands of dollars per tire for the biggest, baddest tires built for monster agriculture machines. Either way you look at it, tires take a bite out of the farmer’s income. Why spend more than you have to when doing a few simple things can add years to the life of your tractor tires?
Become an Expert at Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is the most critical element in extending the life of wagon and tractor tires. Unlike tires for passenger vehicles and tractor trailers, agriculture tires should be inflated and deflated according to how they are being used. That’s why these tires have both low and high-end air pressure recommendations. Consider the following:
In the Field – It is generally recommended that you deflate tractor tires to the lowest recommended PSI when working in the field. This offers maximum traction and less tire compaction.
Working on Slopes – The stress put on tires increases considerably when a tractor is working on a slope. This kind of work generally requires inflating tires to the upper end of PSI recommendations. Some manufacturers even recommend exceeding maximum PSI by a few pounds for slope work.
Over The Road Transport – Transporting agricultural equipment over-the-road puts extra stress on tires that are not really designed to withstand this kind of punishment for prolonged periods. The general rule is to maximize air pressure for over-the-road travel.
It can be a hassle to continually adjust tire pressure on your tractor or wagon. But it is well worth the effort once you realize how proper inflation can extend the life of your tires.
Become an Expert at Tire Ballast
Adding tire ballast can be quite helpful for field work. Ballast adds extra down force that gives tires traction. But like inflation, ballast has to be properly managed. You want enough ballast in the field to prevent slippage, but then you want to remove that ballast once the work is done.
Always Match Your Tires
Extending the life of wagon and tractor tires is made a lot easier by correctly matching tires across a single vehicle. In other words, do not mix radial and biased tires. Do not use tires of different sizes just to avoid a purchase. Make sure all your tires match. And if you are using bias and radial tires in a dual situation, put the radials on the inside.
Storage in the Off-Season
The off-season is when a lot of unnecessary and unnoticed damage is done to tires. As you prepare your tractor for winter storage, jack it up and put it on blocks. Then remove the wheels and reduce tire pressure by 10 PSI or so. Store the tires standing upright on the tread. Do not lay them down flat.
Mytee Products has a selection of wagon and tractor tires for agricultural operations. We invite you to take a look to see if we have what you need. And whatever you do, get more bang for your tire-buying buck by following the recommendations we have included in this post. Extending the life of your wagon and tractor tires will make your Mytee purchase even more valuable.