After a certain level of wear, your tractor tires can be a danger to you and your operation. Here are some points to follow to make sure they won't let you down in the middle of the work:
Bulge on the sidewall of the tyre
One sign that should never be ignored is if a bulge appears (however small) when the tyre is pumped. It will look like a bump on the tyre sidewall during inflation and means that the tyre's structure has been damaged, perhaps due to a rock, a tree root, a fallen branch or a sideways impact.
Agricultural tyres contain internal textile or metal plys that act like a belt so they can withstand pressure and bear heavy loads. During inflation this structural weakness allows pressure to escape, which is then only held in by the strength of the rubber alone.
REMEMBER THAT a bulge cannot be repaired and puts the tyre at a real risk of bursting any time, regardless of whether or not the tractor is loaded and whether you're driving on a road or in a field, at low speeds or even at a standstill – it could even burst after prolonged exposure to the sun.
Minor cuts on the top of the lugs
You may notice a number of visible cuts on your tractor tyres. Some of these won't be serious, but others may require the tyre be replaced to prevent an accident.
Any minor cuts on the top of the lugs or at the back of the structure will not generally cause an issue, unlike cuts on the sidewalls or in the tyre's internal structure, which tend to be much more problematic.
If you spot a very deep cut anywhere on the tyre and you've lost pressure (even a little), you must remove the tyre to check that the internal structure has not been affected.
You'll probably save a lot of money in the long run if you change your tractor or trailer tyres at the right time, because having your tractor stuck or overturn on unsuitable terrain will cost you significantly more than a set of tyres, and that's without even mentioning the very real risk to your safety and therefore the farm if you are the owner.
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This information is intended only to make you aware of the technical and functional aspects of agricultural tires and their use. It does not allow you to make a judgment or a definitive conclusion on a given problem. Only your agricultural tire expert is able to make a technical assessment and take a final decision, case by case.