Tractors are large, heavy vehicles that require substantial tires to support their weight. To increase traction, reduce the center of gravity, and prevent the rear tires from lifting off the ground when lifting heavy objects or adding bucket loaders and other accessories to the front of the tractor, many farmers choose to fill
tractor tireswith liquids such as water or beet juice. Beet juice has several advantages over other liquid ballast options, including being non-toxic and corrosion-resistant, freeze-resistant to minus 35 F, and weighing 11.0 pounds per gallon. When using a tractor, it is important to consult the equipment operator's manual and follow safety instructions before operating or repairing any tractor or equipment, or attempting any task.
Tyre ballasting reduces the amount of air in the tire, which increases the amount of friction on the road and can make driving harder. Adding liquid ballast to your tractor tires can significantly improve performance in many ways, such as reducing fuel consumption and increasing tire life. In the John Deer sales manual, they provide a table that describes the weight of the liquid per tire for a 40% fill and a 75% fill. To determine if your tractor tires are filled with liquid ballast, press the center of the tire's air valve stem; if liquid comes out instead of air, then your tires are filled with liquid ballast.
Beet juice is an ideal option for filling tractor tires due to its non-toxic and corrosion-resistant properties, freeze-resistance to minus 35 F, and weight of 11.0 pounds per gallon. Watch the new Ask Tractor Mike video interview that explores why beet juice may be the best tire ballast for your farm tractor.