Tractor tires are essential for farmers to maximize their traction power and optimize balance and stability. To achieve this, ballasting is often used to add weight to the tractor. There are several methods of ballasting, including molten discs, plastic housings filled with concrete or sand, and liquid ballast. Beet juice is one of the most popular liquid ballast options due to its non-toxic and non-corrosive properties, freeze-resistance to minus 35 F, and weight of 11.0 pounds per gallon.
In order to ballast a tractor, the first step is to map out a route that contains conditions similar to those of the field where the tractor will be used. The assistant (at a safe distance) then notes the position of the chalk line and starts counting the revolutions. 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). For multi-purpose tractors, 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 is a primary factor.
When it comes to 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. Adding liquid ballast to