In this section, we'll explore the different methods for adding ballast and the advantages and disadvantages of each of them, how to measure slippage and the importance of tire pressure. Adding liquid ballast to your tractor tires can significantly improve performance in many ways. Since beet juice has the same price and I don't have to take care of the transportation or filling myself, I'm still way ahead of using the Rimguard product, in my humble opinion. You must add air tubes to the tractor wheels with %26 tires, otherwise the steel wheels will corrode quickly.
The biggest disadvantage of windshield washer fluid is that it only weighs 7.6 pounds per gallon, less than running water, which really limits the amount of weight you can add to your tractor. The Beet Juice tire ballast is an American-made product that is formulated using a by-product of the sugar beet manufacturing process, which offers the heaviest non-corrosive liquid ballast on the market today. Tractor owners, especially those with subcompact models, know the value of added ballast, especially the liquid ballast in tires. Tires are the lowest point on the tractor, filling them with heavier liquid reduces the tractor's center of gravity and will help you convert greater tractor power into useful work.
A person starts the tractor with the implement running or in a position of contact with the ground before reaching the starting point. At 10.7 to 11.0 pounds per gallon, Beet Juice Tire Ballast's closest rival is calcium chloride at 10.5-12.0. The weight is supported by the chassis, axles and tires of the tractor, although as long as the ballast is sized according to the manufacturer's recommendations, additional weight should not be a problem. Watch the new Ask Tractor Mike video interview that explores why beet juice may be the best tire ballast.
In the case of a multi-purpose tractor, the ability to remove the ballast in late spring for light work with drawbars, such as planting or spraying and for mowing grass and packing, and then the ability to add ballast for fall tillage will be the primary factor. The tractor is then returned to the starting line to start the route again, this time without the implement being engaged or lowered (using the same engine speed and RPM). Like the calcium chloride option, it is better at adding weight to the tractor than many other liquid ballast options. A couple of years ago, I set out to find and use the best and most affordable ways to add traction weight to garden tractors, and I continue to use windshield washer fluid or antifreeze for recreational vehicles and any bargain weight I can find.
Any operator who has ever slipped through garbage with the wheels of a tractor turning knows the importance of having some weight on those tires.