Modern Tire Dealer

DEC 2018

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71 w w w . M o d e r n T i r e D e a l e r . c o m A G T i r e T a l k QUESTION: In the 100-plus horsepower tractor segment, how does the grower properly ballast a tractor? In addition, what is the impact on tire traction and soil compaction? Dave Paulk: manager of field techni- cal services, BKT USA Inc.: There are several important reasons for using ballast on tractors. Adding weight where required will improve traction and reduce slippage. Managing the ballast and tire inflation pressures can maximize traction, minimize compaction, increase the life of the tractor drivetrain, and increase productivity. ere are general guidelines for ballasting a tractor based on the type of equipment being used. A Mechanical Front Wheel Drive (MFWD) tractor should weigh 120-145 pounds per PTO horsepower. 130 pounds is a common weight used per PTO horse- power. e weight split should be 35-40% of the weight in the front, and 60-65% of the weight to the rear. Some manufacturers recommend a 35-65% weight split as it makes it easier to control power hop. Implement dealers have calculators to best determine weights and weight splits based on the type of equipment being used and recommended by the manufacturer. Cast weights and liquid can be used to ballast tractors. Both have pros and cons. Cast weights on MFWDs and 4WDs are easier to work with if power hop becomes an issue. Cast weights are the most convenient and can be changed according to ballasting needs. Once MFWD tractors are set up with the proper weights and distributions, they can basically use any type of implement without COURTESY OF ALLIANCE TIRE AMERICAS James Tuschner By Modern Tire Dealer has partnered with AG Tire Talk to provide answers to the insightful questions farm tire dealers have about farm tire technology. is is the sixth in a series, which is designed to help agricultural tire dealers better connect with their customers. A trending question followed by an abridged version of the answers will appear in our Commercial Tire Dealer section every other month; for the complete answers, check out www.agtiretalk.com! THE RESULT IS IMPROVED TRACTION AND REDUCED SLIPPAGE Proper tractor ballast

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