It's important to keep your tractor in great condition year-round. To do so, let's dispel some common tractor-storing myths.
1. High quality tires don't get flat spots
Are you tired of removing the tires from your tractor each winter? Are you thinking of purchasing higher quality tires so you won't have to do so? Many people mistakenly believe only high-performance car tires, those that are generally soft in order to maximize contact with the road to improve handling and speed are the only types of tires that get flat spots. However, they're not. Even hard, high quality tractor tires can succumb to heavy loads.
To ensure your tractor's tires don't get flat spots, make sure they are never under inflated and take them off the tractor each winter. After you've removed them, store them somewhere that is room-temperature and away from damaging sunlight.
2. Remove flat spots by driving around
Some flat spots can disappear after you've driven the tractor for a long period of time, often 25 plus miles. Some flat spots, however, will never disappear. That's why it's important to always remove them from the tractor before the frigid air sets in.
3. Use homemade inventions to prop up the tractor
Do not use plywood or any homemade inventions to prop up your tractor. You have a lot of work to do next spring and the last thing you want is to spend the majority of the growing season in a hospital bed, seriously. Always use manufactured blocks or machinery to lift your tractor off the ground.
4. Flat spots won't affect performance
Flat spots occur because a heavy vehicle, such as a tractor, sits on the tires for a prolonged period of time. Often, this occurs over the winter when the tractor isn't in use. In part one of our series, we said that flat spots sometimes become permanent. When they do, they can ruin the ride quality and decrease the tractor's performance.
Parking on flat ground for a long time can also cause tires to age and crack, as well as produce flat spots.
5. There is no solution for flat spots
Remove tractor tires and store them properly. To reduce stress, store tires upright, and don't stack them too high. This can put further pressure on them as well as cause damage if the stack falls over.
6. You should always remove the tires
We mentioned that removing your tractor's tires prevents flat spots. But what if you're worried about protecting your tractor from, say, a fire? You won't be able to drive the tractor out of a barn if it's propped up on jacks or blocks. Depending on the size of the tractor's tires, use a product called Flatstoppers. These are placed under the tires and prevent flat spots from occurring.
If you would like more information on where to obtain replacement tires for your tractor, turn to our simple online hub which connects buyers to sellers.