Calcium chloride solutions are used in tractor tires and other off-road tires to provide ballast, improve traction and reduce tire and machinery wear. Calcium chloride solutions can add approximately 30% to the weight of water and lower the freezing point of the solution well below that of tap water. 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.
If you're looking in the market for an agricultural tractor and have never owned it before (like us), it's always a good idea to find out the benefits and reasons for filling your tractor tires with water or other fluids and compounds. In fact, companies that manufacture agricultural tire service trucks even report that sales of calcium chloride pumping systems with new orders remain stable and, in one case, have increased slightly. Nebelsick plans to move away from calcium chloride due, in part, to the mechanically assisted front-wheel drive tractor. The weight of each wheel varies greatly from around 100 pounds per wheel to more than 1,000 pounds per wheel weight for utility and larger tractors.
What worries me most when using the tractor is that the rear wheels come off the ground when using the front loader or that it doesn't have enough traction when climbing on steep terrain. 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. 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, he says.
When all agricultural tires were made with skewed layers, it was easy to choose the right ballast (in most cases, calcium chloride). There are several other methods for adding ballast to your farm tractor that are just as effective, if not, more effective than water. When removing the ballast, whether wet or dry, be sure to maintain the proper weight distribution of the tractor on the front and rear axles. 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.