Archive for June, 2014
Many tractor owners fail to realize that properly inflating their tires can almost double their life. Tractor tires are costly and failure to properly maintain them will lead to costly repairs and replacements. Not to mention that at the current price of nearly $800 a tire, you’re just throwing money down the drain if you don’t. Also poorly inflated tires will produce a rougher ride and poor performance. Here are some helpful tips on how to gauge how your tractor tires are doing and how to better maintain them.
1) When you have too much air casing flexing decreases. This causes a rough ride.
2) When a tractor tire has too little air the casing stresses and the tire will wear out much faster.
3) Follow the dealer specs rather than guessing. Operational manuals are a life saver. Never think you know everything. Make sure you read the manual front to back, getting to know all of the ins and outs of the Deere tractor you own. If you follow dealer specs, you will not fail. They have done the studies and tests; they know what’s best for that model.
4) After you understand the recommended pressure of your tires, checking them before each operation takes only minutes. Some owners check their tires once a month, that’s just not enough.
5) Know what terrain you’re on. Each farm/property will vary; heat and terrain can affect wear and performance. Also, be careful how often you’re driving on asphalt. It can greatly negatively affect your tires.
* Look for cracks and unusual wear/damage on the tires.
* Use a calibrated tire gauge. Not all gauges are the same.
* Ballast the tractor every time you change an implement.
* In radial tires, never use fluid for weight, the sidewall will not flex properly.
The best thing you can do is to be over cautious. Know your tires, know your ride and you won’t go wrong.