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FIRESTONE AGRICULTURE BLOG

Find useful information on farming tyres: technical information, sales advices, stock management, how to choose and user guide…
The narrow Performer 95 tyre with its steel belt can bear more load than a standard model
30 November 2022

Agricultural tyres for narrow wheels: technicality first

There are very different levels of technology in narrow agricultural tyre models. The best allow you to increase load, reduce the number of passages across the field and save fuel and time. The development of a narrow tyre effectively requires a very high level of technicality, because this type of...
Specific tyres for telescopic handlers
18 November 2022

Agricultural tyres dedicated to telescopic handlers: real advantages

You are used to frequently replacing your telescopic loader or handler tyres, as these are fairly standard tyres which don’t cost as much as tractor tyres, and this is a lesser problem that you resolve easily by opting for the cheapest tyres. However, like any equipment placed under heavy strain,...
Mounting tractor tyres
28 October 2022

Advice for mounting and demounting tractor tyres

Mounting or demounting tractor tyres is a tricky operation, not due to complexity but because of the need to move large volumes and masses. This type of operation must be well prepared in advance to anticipate problems which could be costly if your new tyre were to be damaged, or if the tractor was...
Wear linked to use on an abrasive surface
19 October 2022

What are the principal causes of wear to my agricultural tyres?

You have to replace your agricultural tyres regularly as a result of wear, and this major investment will obviously be less painful if it occurs less often. As wear is the key on which the tyre replacement depends, the best thing would be to slow it down by defining what has the greatest impact on...
Front ballast
03 October 2022

Is your ballast really suited to your tractor tyres?

Your tyres have to bear your tractor’s load. Generally this means the weight of the tractor plus the weight of your implements, which represents a load that must be offset by the pressure in your tyres. When you have an implement whose weight is transferred entirely to the rear axle of the tractor,...
Compaction linked to trailers and harvesters
21 September 2022

Everything you need to know about soil restoration after the harvest

The harvesting job is finished but you would like to have better yields going forwards, so it’s important to look ahead and prepare to ensure the best possible conditions for future campaigns. Many factors are involved when it comes to improving your yields; those over which you have little...
Checking tyre concentricity
31 August 2022

Are there solutions for out-of-round tractor tyres?

Instability and tractor vibrations when driving accompanied by a lateral swaying motion from right to left may be the sign of a tyre with a manufacturing defect. This is known as run-out or out-of-roundness and corresponds to a slightly oval tyre shape. However, there are numerous causes linked to...
Unloading the harvester at the edge of the field
23 August 2022

Agricultural tyres: how to preserve your soil during the harvest

Your soil is crucial ; it can be highly productive and serve up good yields for many years, but there are some fundamental conditions which must be respected for this to remain constant. Among these conditions, avoiding soil compaction is certainly one of the most important and most difficult to...
Vulcanisation mould for FIRESTONE agricultural tyres
02 August 2022

What are the manufacturing secrets behind a quality agricultural tyre?

All agricultural tyre brands look alike. The tyres are the same colour, have a more or less similar lug design and you can find your size at all tyre manufacturers. Yet beyond the first glance, the differences are important and will change everything when in use, during work and over the tyre’s...
Maxi Traction Harvest tyres
18 July 2022

Save time with better traction from your harvester tyres

Your harvester’s traction capacity is directly linked to the quality of your tyres. Harvester tyres are particular, because they have to cope with significant cyclic loads depending on how full the harvester’s hopper is. If their design is the result of quality research and development, they will...
my agricultural vehicle’s lead ratio
30 June 2022

What affects my agricultural tyres’ lead ratio?

Your tractor’s lead ratio allows the front axle to pull slightly more than the rear axle and enables perfect drive axis synchronisation. If your tractor has a good lead ratio, it will be efficient and traction will be optimal. However, certain settings or the replacement of tyres may lead to this...
Maxi traction Harvest: Harvester tyres with good road handling capacity
21 June 2022

Which harvester tyre can improve comfort and preserve your health

Agricultural tyres are designed to be able to adapt to very different types of ground, of varying extremes if you compare very wet earth to a tarmacked road surface. The tyres are logically optimised to work in the fields, which is generally the main objective for agricultural machinery. This is...
Mechanical apple harvesting
31 May 2022

Fruit growing; golden rules on the choice and impact of the agricultural tyre

In an orchard, the frequent passage of machines between the rows, always at the same place, will inevitably lead to soil compaction which can have major consequences on water drainage and on the surface part of the trees’ root system. A good structure of the arable layer facilitates water...
Maxi traction Harvest tyres
20 May 2022

3 rules to increase the load on your harvester tyres by 70%

With standard tyres on your harvester, you will rapidly reach the limits in terms of bearable load or maximum pressure. These limits are a nuisance during harvesting and you will lose time emptying the hopper more often or sometimes have to stop operations if the trailer rotations are not correctly...
Excess torque may lead to the tyre rotating on its rim
27 April 2022

What causes an agricultural tyre to rotate on the rim?

The rims are mechanically fixed to the axle by various bolts to the hub, at the centre of the wheel disc.  However, this is not the case for the tyre, which is only held in place by the internal pressure on the bead applied against the rim seat. In these conditions it is possible in certain cases...
Narrow tyre for a mounted sprayer
23 April 2022

Which agricultural tyre for which spraying operation?

As your spraying system is the most frequently used equipment after the tractor, it is essential to consider the impact of the tyres on your crops and on soil compaction in your fields. Whether you use a self-propelled system, a tractor-mounted or trailed implement, the question of the choice of...
Overloaded tractor tyres
31 March 2022

Tractor tyre overload: what are the 6 traps to avoid?

Your tractor is powerful, so you have chosen to work with bigger, heavier implements, as it seems obvious that the work will be done quicker and the number of trips back and forth across your land will be reduced. However, this reasoning is incomplete, because to ensure a real productivity bonus,...
Jacking up the tractor
18 March 2022

13 safety rules for operations involving agricultural tyres

We don’t generally give it much thought, but when we talk of accidents linked to tyres, we tend to think about speed on the road or the explosion of a tyre due to excessive loads. These two points seem to be under control, because everyone knows that driving too fast or loads that are too heavy are...
Break in the rim disc
28 February 2022

Why there are different types of rims for agricultural tyres

Why are there different types of rims and how do you work out what’s what? what is the link between the type of tyre and the type of rim? Are there rims that are better suited to my tractor tyres and why should I change, if my rims are still in good condition? Basically, all rims are acceptable,...
Wear at the centre of the tread caused by overinflation
17 February 2022

3 minutes to spot 10 abnormal wear points on my tractor tyres

Your tyres represent a major investment that you want to make last as long as possible. However, they are placed under considerable strain as a result of the work you do, the load, the type of ground or the environment which can rapidly have negative effects and lead to abnormal and premature wear....
Optimal traction helps you save time
02 February 2022

Improve your tractor tyres’ traction to save time

You have invested in your tractor to have engine power, which brings productivity, rapidity and longevity. However, without optimal management of your tyres you will have trouble transmitting this power to the ground to transform it into tractive force. Depending on your pressure settings, the size...
Fuel consumption test using an external fuel level gauge
26 January 2022

In which cases do my tractor tyres have the greatest effect on consumption

Fuel consumption represents a major expense item over the year at around 30% of total expenses, but you can reduce this amount simply by adopting good habits. Fuel consumption is very different from one farm to another and can be linked to many different factors such as the type of activity, the...
How to store agricultural tyres
12 January 2022

The best storage and handling rules for agricultural tyres

Your agricultural tyres are a very specific part of your equipment which can last longer if you take regular care of them. Certain precautions must be taken, particularly during the winter period, if you want to avoid bad surprises at the start of the new season. The weight and size of the tyres is...
Sturdier tyres for handling operations
23 December 2021

Which agricultural tyres to choose for handling operations and loaders

Each activity requires tools that are adapted to be sure of doing the job rapidly without encountering any particular problems, whether you are equipped with a telescopic handler or your tractor has a front loader, you must work with tyres which provide total stability and which will withstand...
Cleaning the tractor tyres for a more efficient inspection
30 November 2021

10 check-up points for your tractor tyres in 10 minutes

Your agricultural tyres are wearing parts which are placed under very heavy strain; they do not require particular maintenance, but a regular check-up and a good measure of vigilance can help you make them last much longer. It may not seem worthwhile, but if you get into the habit of doing a...
How to control tractor wheel slip
19 November 2021

Do you want to know all about tractor wheel slip?

Tractor wheel slip, if excessive, brings only disadvantages: it increases the number of hours you have to spend on each campaign, it increases your fuel consumption, it causes soil sealing, contributes to soil compaction and, lastly, rapidly increases tyre wear. Not taking account of your slip...
Checking tractor tyre parallelism
31 October 2021

Checking the parallelism of my tractor tyres in 3 steps

Misalignment is one of the most frequent causes of mechanical wear to tractor tyres. Checking parallelism is a simple and rapid way of identifying a geometry problem which will save hours of use of your tractor tyres after minor adjustment. When you discover irregular wear, the most common solution...
Firestone Maxi Traction Tyres
21 October 2021

How to change the size of my tractor tyres?

When you buy a tractor, it is designed for standard use, on a standard farm, and is equipped with standard tyres to optimise the overall cost of the machine The manufacturer cannot know all the details of your farm so the original tyres, designed to correspond to a maximum of users, are not...
Impact of agricultural tyres on soil
30 September 2021

How do my agricultural tyres impact soil compaction?

Excessive soil compaction can lead to a 20% to 50% loss of yield. This is therefore a major problem, even if it is not visible when you have finished working. It is due solely to the passage of your machinery. It is therefore a problem that you can manage, or even avoid if you have the right...
Maxi Traction IF tractor tyres
15 September 2021

4 essential tips to help you make the best choice of agricultural tyre

Do you know that your tyres, which are your main contact with the ground, can help you make better use or your tractor’s engine power? But for this you must choose the best adapted tyres for your actual use. The tractor manufacturer equipped your tractor with an average tyre which is suitable for...
5 keys to manage tractor tyre wear
28 August 2021

5 essential keys for better management of tractor tyre wear

Wear is generally the main reason for having to change your agricultural tyres, which represents a considerable cost for your farm. Just like all parts that wear, the speed at which your tyres deteriorate depends on their level of quality, but also and above all on your use of them: rare or...
FENDT 930 305HP tractor equipped with a 7 440 Kg seeder
13 August 2021

Key explanations on load and agricultural tyre ballasting

Your tractor tyres are designed to bear heavy loads, the weight of your tractor of course, but also your tooling, they are solid and highly resistant tyres. However, you know very well that this doesn’t mean you can mount any size of tooling or add mass indefinitely, the limits in terms of load and...
Economic contribution of agricultural tyres
28 July 2021

Which agricultural tyres will help me make the most savings?

It often feels like the only way to make savings with agricultural tyres is to negotiate cheaper tyres from your dealer. Think again! The savings you make on their purchase are nothing like what you could save over years of daily use. Since your tyre is an essential part of your vehicle,...
What tractor tyres should I choose to improve my yields
12 July 2021

How do I choose tractor tyres that will improve my yields?

The ground in your fields is a precious asset which must be preserved and maintained to obtain the best possible yield. With this objective, it is relatively easy to understand that you cannot invest in regular inputs to improve your yield, then damage your soil through excessive compaction, so it...
7 points to know to manage tyre pressure
28 June 2021

7 essential points for managing the inflation pressure in my tractor tyres

Little streams make big rivers is a French proverb which could be used as an image to talk about tyre pressure. Never changing inflation pressure seems to have no immediate consequences, but insidiously and with daily repetition, this tyre pressure problem has an impact on tyre wear, on fuel...
How worn can your tractor tyres be before you need to change them
21 June 2021

How worn can your tractor tyres be before you need to change them

The natural reflex, in response to a legitimate desire to save money, is to choose to use your tyres until they are threadbare, keeping them as long as possible in order to delay the moment when you have to invest in a set of new tyres. It’s true that each farm has its own financial priorities...
6 important things to know about your tractor tyres
11 June 2021

6 things you must absolutely know about your tractor tyres

Your agricultural machinery as a whole allows you to develop your productivity and obtain the best possible yields for your farm. By optimising your machines to get the most from their potential, you can improve your profitability and the return on your investment. Your tractor tyres, which are...
The right tyre pressure to protect your soil
02 February 2021

How to choose the right pressure for my tractor tyres?

You probably already know that adjusting the pressure in your tractor tyres can reduce wear and help them last longer. But it can also help to protect the soil in your fields and therefore your productivity, while improving your security on road. However, it is difficult to always have the right...
Understanding the markings on farming tyres
20 January 2021

How to understand the markings on your farming tyres?

It's often when the time comes to change your tractor tyres and choose a new model, that the markings and all the numbers on the sidewalls become important. However, when you fully understand these figures you can improve your tractor’s capacity, for example increasing the maximum load or improving...
Everything you need to know about water ballasting
04 January 2021

You want to know everything about water ballasting your tractor tyres

Ballasting is used to improve the stability of your tractor and provide efficient traction when your rear mounted implement is heavy or requires a lot of tractive force. The most common ballasting technique involves adding weights to the front to rebalance the load distribution over all four wheels...

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