Why do farmers put calcium in tractor tires?

Traction can be increased by partially filling tractor tires with a mixture of water and calcium. The volume, weight and minimum operating temperatures are indicated for different tire sizes and water-calcium mixtures. Mixtures of water and calcium are pumped into the tire with the valve stem in the highest position. There are three main reasons to fill tractor tires with liquids, such as water.

It will increase the traction of the rear tires, reduce the center of gravity and prevent the rear tires from lifting off the ground when lifting heavy objects or by adding bucket loaders and other accessories to the front of the tractor. Calcium chloride is generally sold in the form of flakes. It is mixed with water and the solution resists freezing to around -50°F. Calcium chloride was the go-to liquid for years, but has been known to rust wheels into oblivion.

Obtaining the raw material may be an affordable task, but replacing wheels in the future will not be, however, there are people who still use it because it can be cheap and the solution weighs about 40% more than running water. Personally, I don't suggest calcium chloride, but it's an option. Wheel weights are counterweighted plates mounted on a tractor tire, similar to the gray one in the photo below. To get the best performance out of your tractor and to ensure that you don't void the specific warranties on your tractor or tires, it's best to follow the recommended pressure and ballast settings found in the tractor manual.

That's something you'll want to add to your list of farm tools and equipment when you're considering what tractor and machinery to buy. We hope it can help you choose the best option for you and the climate of the region in which your tractor operates. Many of the best small farm tractors now come with bucket loaders, which are extremely useful on the farm and home. The foam padding weighs up to 50% more than water by volume and offers you an anti-puncture tire that is sure to affect the “ride quality” of your tractor.

Driving quality is more affected at higher speeds, so the farmer who frequently drives a tractor on the road will want to think more about driving quality than about someone who mainly keeps his tractor in the field. Filling your tractor tires with foam is a viable, but expensive proposition with some aggravating drawbacks. According to John Deere experts, calcium chloride can cause “hard driving”, difficult handling, spills in the event of punctures and, when used on rear tires, can cause a greater susceptibility to power jumps. There are a lot of YouTube videos about homemade methods for making foam on tires, but if you really want to load a tractor tire, I recommend that you go to a dealership and do it professionally.

When filling tractor tires with polyurethane foam, the tire is not punctured, but it is not possible to make future tire pressure adjustments.

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