The advantages of beet juice are that it is not toxic or corrosive to wheels. It is freeze-resistant to minus 35 F. It weighs about 11.0 pounds per gallon. Like the calcium chloride option, it is better at adding weight to the tractor than many other liquid ballast options.
Watch the new Ask Tractor Mike video interview that explores why beet juice may be the best tire ballast. When the tractor reaches the starting line, the assistant (at a safe distance) notes the position of the chalk line and starts counting the revolutions. 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. Ballasting by this method can be achieved by means of molten discs that fit inside the tractor wheels or plastic housings filled with concrete or sand.
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. For ballasting rear-mounted or stretched implements, it is not uncommon for tractors to have weight supports integrated into the front chassis assembly that can support suitcase weights. A person starts the tractor with the implement running or in a position of contact with the ground before reaching the starting point. Ever since the invention of rubber tires for agricultural tractors, farmers have been adding ballast to their tractors to maximize their traction power and optimize balance and stability.
And for all of the following methods, the weight is no longer supported by the chassis, axles or tires of the tractor, since it is distributed over the occupied space directly to the ground. Adding liquid ballast to your tractor tires can significantly improve performance in many ways. Always consult the equipment operator's manual and follow the safety instructions before operating or repairing any tractor or equipment, or attempting any task. 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).
The first step is to map out a route that contains conditions similar to those of the field where the tractor will be used.