When it comes to agricultural tractors, there are several benefits to filling the tires with calcium chloride solutions. This type of solution can add approximately 30% to the weight of water and lower the freezing point of the solution well below that of tap water. The main reasons for using this type of solution in
tractor tiresare to increase traction, reduce tire and machinery wear, and lower the center of gravity. Wheel weights are counterweighted plates mounted on a tractor tire, which can help to improve traction and prevent the rear tires from lifting off the ground when lifting heavy objects or when adding bucket loaders and other accessories to the front of the tractor.
Companies that manufacture agricultural tire service trucks report that sales of calcium chloride pumping systems remain stable, and in some cases have even increased slightly. When it comes to choosing the right ballast for your tractor, it's important to follow the recommended pressure and ballast settings found in the tractor manual. Domestic tractors (older units that are used year-round to tow food to livestock, pick up bales and clean batches of feed) need as much traction as possible, so it's best to use calcium chloride solutions for these types of tractors. For those who frequently drive their tractors on the road, it's important to consider driving quality when selecting a ballast.
Other methods for adding ballast to your farm tractor can be just as effective as water, but it's important to maintain the proper weight distribution of the tractor on the front and rear axles when removing the ballast. Overall, calcium chloride solutions are an effective way to improve traction, reduce tire and machinery wear, and lower the center of gravity on agricultural tractors. It's important to follow the recommended pressure and ballast settings found in the tractor manual in order to get the best performance out of your tractor and ensure that you don't void any warranties.