Tractor tires are an essential part of any farm operation, and it's important to understand how much weight they can carry. Water is not a typical tire filler, but it can be used to add weight to tractor tires. Methonal alcohol is a more common filler and weighs 6.5 pounds per gallon, while other fillers such as calcium and beet juice can have different weights. To get the weight per tire of the ballast fluid of your choice, simply multiply the gallons per tire of your size by the pounds per gallon of your ballast fluid.An 18.4-38 rear
tractor tirewill need 110 gallons of fluid and this fluid will add 1.177 pounds to the tire.
The ballast in the rear tires helps to compensate for the weight of the loader and the load, and moves the center of gravity back to a safer point. The most common way to add more traction and reduce tire slippage and tread wear is to add weight to the rear axle.In addition to weights, farmers would also need to purchase supports to attach the weights to their tractor. While it offers a great option for gaining weight and preventing headaches caused by punctures, it's expensive and should be done by a professional puncture tire dealer. Iron weights for wheels and suitcases were added to
tractor tires and framesinstead of liquid tire ballast.At a basic level, the ballast in tractor tires, whether in the form of liquid in the tires or in steel wheel weights, provides the tractor with better traction on the rear wheels and reduces the center of gravity and moves it back to the rear.
Other liquids commonly used to increase tire weight include antifreeze, windshield washer fluid, beet juice (tire protector) and foam padding.Mixed with water, antifreeze provides great frost protection down to -50°F and weighs 11.5 pounds per gallon, but is highly corrosive and should be used on tires with tubes to protect tires from rust. When used at full strength on tires, windshield washer fluid provides frost protection down to -20°F and weighs about the same per gallon as water.Beet juice (tire protector) is a popular choice for farmers looking for an environmentally friendly option that also provides frost protection down to -20°F. Foam padding is another option that can be used in place of liquid ballast, but it's not as effective at providing traction or reducing tread wear.Ken Jones Tires offers custom flat coverage and is accessible to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire. There are several good online resources that compare the different liquid ballasts, but one of the best I've found is on the Orange Tractor Talks website.To solve any puncture problems caused by adding liquid ballast, it is usually necessary to solder a patch and repaint the tire before replacing the tire.
Phil Globing, president and owner of Rim Guard Tire Ballast, said his product is non-toxic and suitable for animal feed.When adding liquid ballast to tractor tires, it's important to use a filling device such as a liquid drum in the tractor bucket with a hose between them. This allows you to lift the bucket up and rely on gravity to do the work for you. It's also important to remember that adding too much weight can cause problems with traction or cause excessive wear on your tires.