August 27, 2018 << Back to Blog
August 27, 2018
Today’s agricultural machines are marvels of versatility—they can travel safely on the road, carry enormous weight, and work in the field while causing minimal soil compaction. However, often overlooked is how something as simple as tyre pressure can affect everything from your equipment’s performance to your bottom line.
After all, tyres are what connect the equipment to the ground, and a tyre’s pressure regulates just how much of that expensive horsepower turns into actual pulling power. Here are just some of the ways how operating at proper tyre pressure—in the field and on the road—will benefit your business.
In the Field
In general, one of the easiest ways to maximize your equipment’s performance in the field is to lower its tyre pressure. Tyres operating at lower inflation pressures are softer and more flexible, putting more of the tyre’s tread on the ground to deliver more traction.
Additionally, lowering a tyre’s pressure creates a softer tyre that flexes more, resulting in better self-cleaning of the tread, which also leads to better traction. Of course, better traction helps reduce slippage, and in the end, equates to better tractive force, productivity and fuel economy.
Another value of lower tyre pressure in the field is the creation of a more substantial footprint and better flotation. Bigger footprints help distribute the weight of today’s large and powerful farm equipment over a greater surface area, reducing the pressure exerted on the ground by the equipment’s tyres and minimizing soil compaction.
Lastly, tyres running at lower air pressure help reduce vibration, which is useful for the increased longevity of both the machine and the operator.
On the Road
Unlike in the field, tyres used on the road typically benefit from being operated at higher air pressures. Higher tyre pressure on the road creates less rolling resistance, and less rolling resistance means lower fuel consumption. Additionally, higher pressures result in less tyre deflection while being driven on the road, reducing heat build-up and making machinery easier to manoeuvre thanks to reduced sway and improved cornering.
For tyres that see equal amounts of time in the field and on the road, the majority of tyre wear occurs when being used on the road. Unlike the soft soil found in the field, a road’s surface is hard and unyielding—meaning tyres operated at an incorrect pressure in the field can damage the soil, but incorrect air pressure on the road will damage the tyre.
Adjusting your equipment’s tyre pressure to suit its application can be done with any tyre; simply check the manufacturer’s load/inflation table to ensure you’re within the tyre’s recommended parameters.
However, IF/VF technology enables farmers to truly take advantage of inflation pressure with their ability to carry 20% to 40% more load at the same inflation pressure as a conventional radial tyre, or by carrying the same load at 20% to 40% less pressure. The use of IF/VF technology lets farmers operate their machinery at optimal inflation pressures and unlock the true potential of today’s machines.
You are welcome to browse through the ATG Tyres catalogue to check your requirements. We can also have our tyre expert connect with you over a call or personally to help you make the right choice.