Proper Tractor Tire Inflation

Proper Tractor Tire Inflation


Hey this is Mike with asktractormike.com. I’ve been noticing some tread patterns on my tractor the last few
days and I thought this would be a good time to talk about inflation and how
much air to put in your tires. If you’ll notice right here behind you you can see,
because of the dust marks, where the tires are wearing, they’re wearing right
in the center and not on the sides and it’s pretty consistent all the way
around the tire and what’s was really funny about this when you look at the tires you
think it’s way over inflated because of this wear pattern right here, in truth
it’s actually under inflated. The owners manual recommends on this tire that you
would inflated it anywhere from sixteen to 45 psi. When you measure it I actually have it inflated, and I don’t know whethere you’re going to be able to
see that or not but about 10 psi so I’m actually six pounds per square inch
below where recommended and we’re wearing on this part right here. The
reason I wanted to bring that up, in my pickup truck tires, horse trailer tires
and trailer tires I usually try to run about the maximum inflation and I do
that for a couple of reasons, number 1 I’m not really worried that much about
the ride because I’ve got springs under me to make a better ride and number two
you get less rolling resistance and and better mileage when you have more air
and so I inflate, like almost to the maximum number and three, I think you get better wear on your tires. With the tractor you don’t have any springs to protect you from the harsh ride so you’re right on the ground
with the tires and and your seat feels every bump so you want to be
at the bottom on the inflation and actually you can probably be just a
little bit below that to get a better ride better grip with your tires and and
in my mind better wear. On the back tires I usually
like to be around 10 to 12 pounds per square inch and you get a good ride and
you’ll get good wear patterns and good traction. Now the
reason I’m telling you this especially if you just bought a new tractor; when I
worked in the dealership I noticed a trend of tractors being unloaded off the
truck, brand new, had way way too much air in them, and I i don’t know the reason for
that it may be due to trucking and the ability to chain them down, I don’t know
if they may just come from the factory that way but we we would notice
inflation up 35-45, up to 50 pounds per square inch, way too much air and so on every
tractor we prep we would let air out of the tires but some dealers may not catch
that so if you’re buying a new tractor especially, check the air on your tires, be
at the bottom into the range you get a better ride, good wear and good traction.
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  1. Cruising down I80 at 80mph with your tires inflation maxed out is asking for trouble. Air expands with heat. Cold inflation pressure should never be max psi. 😉

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