Tractor tires will vary depending on the usage

Tractors can be used for multiple applications. In agricultural applications tractor is the main piece of equipment with different trailers and other towed equipment. The main agricultural tires used here are flotation tires, as you want to ensure that the compaction of the soil is minimal, so that yield will remain high.

You also have forest tractors that are used in the forest industry, where the forest tires will need to ensure that you have some heavy sturdy tires for demanding tractor use. These tend to be steel belt reinforced for improved puncture resistance.  Grip, durability and ability to handle the most challenging forest terrain. This is quite different than the properties needed for the agricultural tires.

Then you have the terminal tractors used for material handling at container terminals. Terminal tractor tires need to provide excellent steering response and ability to carry very heavy loads. The terminal tractors need to be able to maneuver in narrow spaces, so predictable handling is important for terminal tractor tires.

Within earthmoving and road maintenance you also have tractors, you will have tractors, which road maintenance and earthmoving tires need to be extremely puncture resistance through a steel fortified structure. You will also need to rely on superior grip.

So the use defines the tires in a higher degree than the equipment on which the tire is used. Tractors can be used in various different applications and based on what conditions and what tasks are at hand will determine what properties that you will need from your tires. It is thus advisable that you check the technical tire manual to properly select the adequate tires for the correct application where you intend to use your equipment. Sometime you might need a more versatile tire, but you still need to ensure that it can handle the loads that you will need to lift or transport. The tires also need to be durable so that they don’t cur or crack under the pressure or that the puncture due to sharp objects that are part of the working conditions.

Durability is of utter importance to ensure that you can avoid any unscheduled downtime due to tire related problems that can add a lot of cost and inefficiencies to your operations. Make sure to invest in tires that can get the job done without problems.

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Improved efficiency in todays farming operations

To increase the profitability in today’s agricultural industry, more and more farmers are adding contracting work to improve the efficiency and the best utilization of its equipment. The equipment is getting bigger, heavier and more expensive, to dilute the investment costs more and more farmers are trying to spread the costs over multiple operations. This is where the contracting comes into play. Contracting is very good for part of the year when there is less farming work to be done, so that the equipment can be used for alternative jobs. There is also contracting work done on other farms, which don’t always have the resources to invest in the new modern equipment.

The transporting between the sites often require more on road driving, so you will need agricultural tires that have good road properties when driving on roads and not just on the fields. You will want good driving comfort, low tire wear and low rolling resistance so that your fuel consumption will be at a low level. When you drive on the fields you will want to have good quality flotation tires that will have a low soil compaction impact on your fields. When the compaction is low, your yield will not be negatively impacted so that you will have a higher yield versus doing the same fieldwork without flotation tires. This does though require that all the tractors and trailers will have flotation tires. The surface area of flotation tires is much higher and the air pressure can be lower. The lower surface pressure is what saves the soil from compacting.

Some of the best agricultural tires at the moment include the new Nokian Country King, which is a sturdy and versatile flotation tire. You also have the Nokian ELS Radial tire that good grip and mobility on soft surfaces. This is a perfect tractor or trailer tire even on soft surfaces. The flotation tires, as the name indicates, almost float on the surface due to the low surface pressure.

You need tires that have a problem free service life, that are extremely durable and have the low rolling resistance. The Nokian ELS Radial tires even allow for fast driving on roads so that you quickly can get to any contracting sites. These tires are also self-cleaning, so that even driving through muddy conditions doesn’t clog up your tires and reduce your grip.

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Your agricultural yield can be affected by your tire choice

In todays changing farming environment, it is more important to make sure that your yield is not negatively impacted while at the same time making sure that you keep all costs at minimum during operations. Ensuring a high yield is always of highest importance to assure a profitable operation. Every possible step to improve the yield should be taken. This involves every step of the process from selection the highest yield crops, to fertilizers and proper irrigation. Then also selecting tires that don’t cause compaction of the soil that can reduce the yield.

For agricultural applications, the best tires to minimize the compaction of the soil are flotation tires that have a large surface area and can minimize the contact pressure. It is not only the tractors that need flotation tires; you also need it on your slurry tanker, trailers and other towed equipment. This will ensure that you will have low compaction from all your equipment that is moving on the field. For your tractor it is important to choose if it will spend the majority of the time on the field or on roads, as the tire choice will also depend on this.

Once choosing proper agricultural tires and agricultural trailer tires that have minimal effect on the soil you have taken steps to maximize the yield and, you should concentrate on improving productivity and decreasing the costs. Equipment and tire costs plus fuel costs belong to the ones that can be impacted with proper selection and maintenance. You want to make sure that the tires will have both good grip and control so that you can fulfill the tasks without delays.

Improved productivity by being able to spend less effort and time performing the tasks will then have an impact on your cost budget. High quality tires will have low rolling resistance, which gives you better fuel economy and reduces your fuel costs. High quality tires will also be more wear resistant so that they will give you longer lifetime and more operating hours. Proper tire maintenance will then work towards reducing any unscheduled downtime, which can add substantial costs and delays. Make sure that you check the tire pressure to make sure that you keep it in the right level as per the technical tire manual and then also check the tread depth so you know when the tires need to be replaced.

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Agricultural equipment need good quality tires

The rapidly changing requirements in farming, you need a wide range of special agricultural tires and Nokian Tyres now has a range that can satisfy even the most challenging needs. You have tires for both tractors and for trailers, in addition to some of the other equipment that might be used. These tires are made to perform when working on the fields as well as when driving on roads. The tire range also include flotation tires, when you want to avoid  compaction of the soil as that has proven negative impact on the yield.You need tires that are relentless regardless of weather, so that you can get the work done even if the conditions are not optimal. Nokian Tyres offer a tractor tire that have been designed for winter use, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI.  This is a tire that provides you all the necessary grip and control that you need to get work done during the winter. This is also a perfect tire for any snow clearing work, so if you will undertake some winter contracting jobs, this could be a perfect tire for those challenging jobs. This will make sure that all your roads can be cleared from snow.

Other perfect tires for agricultural use are the Nokian Country King and Nokian ELS Radial. Both are flotation tires that can be used both for the tractor and for any of the towed equipment including a slurry tanker. The Nokian ELS Radial has better grip and mobility than its competitors and its low rolling resistance can yield savings on fuel of up to 20 % compared to a bias tire and when pulling trailers the traction effort needed is up to 50 % less than competitive tires. So your fuel efficiency will be very good and you can save money on fuel with this tire. When you need to drive on roads, the tire allows for high speeds while still allowing for a smooth drive. If your work involves a lot of road driving, then the Nokian Country King is a better option than the Nokian ELS Radial. They both work good both on and off the field, but the Nokian Country King is better for when the majority of the work includes road driving and when the majority is work on the field, then the Nokian ELS Radial is your best option.

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Your Choice Of Agriculture Tires Can Impact Your Productivity

Agriculture has always been very competitive, so every measurement that you can take to improve the efficiency, you will need to take them. You will need to ensure that all your processes are running smoothly. This involves having the right equipment and equipping them with the correct tires. There are special agriculture tires for a reason, as they have been optimized for the circumstances and the conditions that are present during farming.

These tires will have superior grip both on and off road, this is why there are special on and off road tires, so that you will have good driving comfort wherever you drive. They are also designed to prevent heat build up while you drive on roads to reduce excessive wear and keep the fuel consumption at a low level. There are tires that can manage even in winter conditions, if your farm is in an area that has winter season, with snow and ice. Nokian Tyres have launched a winter tire for tractors, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI, which is their first winter tire for tractors. Nokian Tyres where the first to launch a winter tire for trucks back in 1930s and being a Finnish tire producer, they know about everything you can know about snow and how vehicles operate on snow.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI will be a perfect tire if you need to do a lot of work during wintertime and you will use the tractor also for snow clearing tasks. It might be an overkill for normal agriculture unless you really need to grip and control during winter time and you rely on your tractor all around the year and you live in an area that experiences harsh winter conditions. Low surface impact is key as low compaction of the top layer increases the yield. This tire fits perfectly both for your tractor and for your trailers that will be used on the fields. The tires provide comfortable driving even at high speeds on roads as well as when you work on the fields. As with all Nokian Tyres, they have low rolling resistance, which reduces the fuel consumption and further improves the profitability of your farming business.

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What Makes The Tires Good For Heavy Equipment?

Heavy equipment will need special tires. There is different equipment for the various tasks that needs to be performed. If you e.g. need digging, or loading or transporting, you will need different tires as the requirements changes. Common for all these tires is that they need to be able to handle high loads, so just that makes them different than normal car tires. The size will also be considerable bigger and they will use a higher pressure. Mining tires, agriculture tires or forestry tires, they are all areas where you will need state of the art tires.

Durability is key as any downtime for these vehicles translates to a high cost. Unscheduled downtime will cause delays, might delay work for the other machines, this is where the biggest costs can come from. The machines often work in pairs, where one does one task so that the second machine can do the next task. For example, an excavator does the digging and the loader then removes the material, if the excavator tires cracks, then your loader will have to wait until the tire is repaired or changed. From a safety perspective it is always better to work with the tires in special designated areas, the tire pressure is so high that you need to be cautious and inflating tyres should be done with a protective cage.

Scheduled maintenance is where you should be able to detect issues with the equipment or the tires. Fixing or replacing tires during maintenance is a big cost saving versus any unscheduled downtime. Checking the tires through visual inspection should be carried out after each work shift. Good durable tires help to avoid downtime; tires that have special cut and crack resistance rubber compound and reinforced sidewalls will help if the equipment operates in harsh conditions.  Stability will be important for excavator to prevent the equipment to start rocking; stabilizer legs should be used to add stability to it. Control to be able to maneuver though difficult terrain.

Superior grip is important so that the equipment can move freely without struggling or getting stuck. You want the equipment to be able to move quickly freely not to slow down your operations. This is regardless of what weather conditions you have or what surface you are operating on, grip, stability and durability will be of utter importance.

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You Get A Lot Of Help From Agriculture Trailers And Attachments

For agriculture most work is done with a tractor, which then has a range of trailers and then a wide range of various attachments, depending on what needs to be done. You tend to have grain trailers, some type of dump trailer, a bale trailer, slurry tanker, manure spreader and a grain trailer. As attachments you will have ploughs, cultipacker, roller, sub-soiler etc. The attachments are often without any tires and are attached and pulled by the tractors.

Flotation tires are tires that almost float on surfaces, as they are much wider than normal tires. They are also designed to give extra traction and stability on soft surfaces. Tractors and trailers can use flotation tires for traction both on and off field. If you aim to drive more on the road than on the field, then you should select a tire that has good on the road properties that doesn’t wear out too fast. You want a good floatation tire on the trailer so it doesn’t sway when you pull it. Agricultural trailer tires are often flotation tires.

These type of tires are very wide to spread their weight over a large contact area, so that it can move lightly over fields and soft surfaces. They tend to be made with a very durable rubber compound that are steel reinforced to enable high loads and to be more durable for cuts. The tread is made so that are easy to clean and have low rolling resistance that reduces fuel consumption. A sturdy design of the agriculture tires will make them less prone to sway or move when you load. Also they can deliver a smooth driving experience both on and off road, for continuous work throughout the workday.

There is of course a lot of advantages of using a more limited amount of machines, as you have higher utilization of your main machine if you can just attach trailers or tools to ensure that you can get the job done. You do need really durable tires with low wear, so that you can complete all the tasks at hand without running into tire problems. If you end up with a flat tire, you will have some downtime, but often it is not that big hassle. It should however always be avoided as much as you possibly can.

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Ensure That You Can Maneuver Carefully Through The Vineyard

Making wine belongs to agriculture commonly referred to as viniculture. You tend to use some of the same equipment frequently used in farming. When driving up and down along the vines you want to make sure that you have good control of your tractor, so you don’t damage the expensive vines.

Mechanical harvesting has become increasingly popular, as it is a fast way to pick the grapes upon harvesting. The mechanical harvesting uses a tractor with a special module for harvesting. Depending on where your grapes grow, the slope and the quality of the wine you want to produce. Hand picking is almost always better but tends to be more expensive. Within a vineyard some grapes can be handpicked and other harvested by machine depending on the quality of the end product. With hand picking you can select the best grapes to ensure a higher quality.

The main tires used in the wine growing process up to harvesting are agricultural tires and trailer tires. You want to make sure that your tires are of high quality when you deal with high value end products.

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