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5 Essential Techniques to Optimise Your Agricultural Tires - Top 5 Ways to Get the Maximum Use of Agricultural Tires

Unlike commercial tires, agricultural tires handle heavier loads but are expected to last for a longer period due to the high cost of replacement. Here are 5 ways to optimise the use of agricultural tires so farmers need not replace them with new pairs every year.


Keep Track of the Lead

Increased and continual misaligned pressure on tires can wear them out quickly and impact their overall performance. This is why the alignment of the tires must be constantly checked while the amount of lead must also be considered so that it is always between 0 and 3 per cent so as to use all the power of the vehicle more effectively. Those who do not frequently check the lead to ensure these values are maintained will encounter problems; these include the back axle slowing the front axle down and wearing the front tires out prematurely. When the lead is below average, farmers run the risk of the back axle pushing too much in comparison to the front axle, which can result in slippage and other mechanical limitations


Reduce Fuel Consumption

If you choose quality agriculture tires from reliable brands such as GRI Tires, it can help farmers reduce fuel usage. There are other strategies that can also go a long way in minimising the impact on your wallet. One trick is to change the pressure applied on the tires for low fuel consumption. This means readjusting the pressure based on the terrain and the type of work the vehicle will be performing at any given time. Different settings, therefore, are required for work on the field as opposed to simply driving loads on the highway. Choosing tires that are also meant for your specific needs can also go a long way in efficient fuel consumption as ploughing vehicles require a different set of tires to agricultural vehicles that perform other duties such as transport.


Watch Out for Soil Compaction

Soil compaction in tires can cause the rapid deterioration of tires while productivity will also plummet due to the same issue over a period of time. Ill-adapted tires should never be used in agricultural work for this reason as tires must be adapted to fit the type of ground one will be driving in so no compaction occurs. Soil compaction can be divided into surface compaction (which is due to incorrect tire pressure) and deep compaction (due to overloading the axle) and the solution to both these problems is using low-pressure tires.


Use Dual Tires to Increase Productivity

Agricultural tires with good traction are likely to optimise productivity and have better endurance for farm work in the long run. Dual tires reduce the load's pressure on the ground and create better traction and lessen the chances of soil compaction.


Don't Overload

Tires can easily form internal cracks and deform in shape due to overloading. Balancing out the load and managing the weight distribution is essential if you want your agricultural tires to last and stay productive for a longer period.

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