The work of a farmer never stops. You depend on equipment to perform multiple tasks throughout the day. Follow these basic maintenance measures and your equipment will work as hard as you do.
Educate – First and most importantly is to take the time to educate yourself on your machinery tires. Learn what the recommended load weight is, tools needed for easy repairs, and know the recommended tire pressure. Know the maximum speed ratings for the tires. Going too fast causes tires to heat up and breaks down the rubber of the tire quicker.
Inspect – Check your tires frequently for punctures, cracks, and other signs of wear. Check the tire pressure and adjust as needed for different farm jobs or terrain.
Inflate – A simple, yet often overlooked, maintenance technique is to inflate tires to the proper level. Look at tire tread for excessive or uneven wearing. If tires seem low, fill them up so they are less likely to be damaged. Overinflated tires will tend to bulge and can be damaged with overuse. Underinflated tires don’t grip the ground as well and can lead to wheel slip.
Ballast – Adding weight to your tractor can improve traction and tire slippage, but it can also lessen fuel efficiency. The best way to know how much weight (if any) to add is to follow your machine’s recommended weight-to-horsepower ration for the best weight distribution and performance.
“The ABCs of Agricultural Tire Maintenance.” Farmers Hotline