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Big equipment, low tire pressure: A farmer's dream come true

6/23/2015 9:08:54 AM by Tractor-Part.com

Tires are arguably the most crucial part to nearly every machine on a farm. How you manage your tires can make a world a difference to how your tractor runs and the level of ground impact. Lower-pressure tires are encouraged for farm equipment to better protect the soil. Softer is better and Michelin's newer high-flex tires, which utilize IF and VF technology allow tractor operators to have lower tire pressure with their large equipment.

The lower the air pressure in the tires, the lower the machinery's compaction. This can extend the life of the tire by improving traction. The high-flex radials may look too deflated to the untrained eye, but they actually enhance the machine's capability for carrying much more weight with up to 40 percent less air than the standard air pressure levels. High-flex tires are a wonderful advancement that you should check out if you like your tires to last a while.

However, knowing what tire pressures best suit your equipment can help you operate better and reduce compaction. Here are some tips from Michelin for reducing compaction with field equipment:

  • Check and maintain proper tire pressure during different weather conditions.
  • Reduce axle load by operating the lightest equipment.
  • Lessen the number of trips you make over the field.
  • Use large-diameter tires, since the larger surface area can reduce tire pressure against the soil.

As you grow in your farming career, you will come to rely on your equipment's tires more than you would've expected at the beginning. It quickly becomes a priority to keep tires healthy and the more you invest in the tires you use, the more you will appreciate the benefits of having exactly the right level of inflation pressures.

Another way to save money on tires is to use the description search on Tractor-Part.com.  A large percentage of the dealers who sell on Tractor-Part.com carry tires at significant discounts.

  Decrease compaction and keep your tires for more years to come