5 Signs You Need New Tractor Tires

Operating your tractor or ag equipment on damaged tires can affect your productivity during planting and harvest seasons. Tractor tires should be replaced every few years, but if you notice any of these signs, you might need new ag tires sooner than you think.

Wheel Slippage

Modern tractors have indicators that monitor tire slip rates. If the percentage is higher than 12%, you’re likely losing a lot of traction during operation. Even if you don’t have a slip rate indicator, you can feel the difference if your tractor tires aren’t gripping as they should. Watch for signs such as the lugs kicking up excess dirt or unusually high fuel consumption.

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Cuts, Punctures and Other Damage

Ag tires are exposed to plenty of debris in the field. Crop stubble, rocks, glass, nails, screws and broken fencing can do some damage. You run a greater risk of punctures if you’re driving on old tractor tires with thin rubber. A tire’s body plies and belts give it strength to hold inflation. If a cut or tear exposes those elements, it’s time to choose new tractor tires.

Tread Wear

Ag tire treads are designed to distribute pressure evenly into the ground, which helps reduce soil compaction. A loss of tread depth also means a loss of traction. That increases your tractor’s slip rate and fuel consumption and decreases productivity. The wear rate depends on where and how long you operate your equipment. You may notice excess wear if you drive your tractor for long distances at high speeds.

Dry Rot

Weathering, age and improper tire storage can lead to dry rot. Sun and dry conditions sap moisture from tire rubber, resulting in a loss of elasticity and cracks. Are your tractor tires faded or cracked in the sidewall and lower portion of the tread? Those are common signs of dry rot, meaning your tires may be compromised and could break apart during operation.

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Air Pressure Problems

It’s important to check your tire pressure daily before they warm up. A puncture or broken valve stem can cause low tire pressure. Ignoring an air leak and working on under-inflated tires could affect the stability of your tires and damage your crops.

How Quality Tractor Tires Improve Productivity

Properly inflated tractor tires with good tread depth allow for better maneuverability in the field. That lowers your risk of damaging crops and improves yield. Well-maintained ag tires also provide stability during operation, especially if you work in rocky or uneven soil. That goes a long way toward keeping you safe while you’re working. Are you looking for new ag or industrial tires? Go to your closest Bauer Built location, and our expert team will help you find the right tires for the job.

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