Are you using the right tire pressure for the job?

12/29/2014 10:24:02 AM by

Operating a tractor when its tires are not at optimal pressure can hurt the machine's performance, as well as decrease the lifespan of the tires. While a typical passenger vehicle has a single range of ideal tire pressure, a tractor's will vary widely depending on the current load and task at hand.

Dennis Buckmaster, a Purdue University agricultural engineer, tells the Delta Farm Press that it's important to check your tires with each new job, considering the weight of the implement you plan to use.

"A common mistake is that farmers see the inflation pressure on the sidewall and think that is the proper tire inflation, but that's actually not the case," Buckmaster tells the source. "Proper inflation is a function of the load on the tire. There are manuals and tables available on the Internet to help farmers calculate the best possible inflation based on tractor weight, what's being pulled and the speed traveled. They also can help determine the amount of weight (ballast) to add or subtract from the tractor."

The Tire and Rim Association (TRA) represents all major tire manufacturers, providing standardized tire pressure tables for reference. They are available on the TRA website, as well as through some dealers and manufacturers.

In addition to regularly checking your tire pressure and adjusting it as needed, you should also keep an eye open for signs of uneven wear. According to Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires, that can be a red flag that you might have inaccurately estimated the weight of your load.

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Did you know that your tractor tire pressure should vary depending on the current task and load?