Choosing agricultural tyres that are suited to your activity

How to choose the most suitable agricultural tyres for your specific case

Authored by: Tractor tyre expert | 06 September 2023

It’s true that all tyres look alike, encased in black rubber with a tread profile to grip the ground. Yet this simplistic vision does not take into account the research work carried out year after year by tyre manufacturers seeking to produce precision equipment. Each agricultural tyre has been developed to correspond to a specific use. If you choose well, it will improve the capacities of your machine, preserve your soil, or allow you to work faster while consuming less fuel. It really is particularly difficult to choose the most suitable model for your specific case, because the sales pitch always directs you towards the most costly model. This is why Firestone has developed an online selection tool to help you choose the model that best corresponds to your farm.

Here is our online tool for choosing agricultural tyres


As every farm is different, you cannot make do with the tyres originally fitted on your machine (which are the same for all customers), just assuming that they are right for your specific case. That is why you must identify the main use of each machine to help you choose the best tyre model for your farm.

There is a range of tyres that corresponds to each machine and to each activity. With the selectors on the “Technical tyre guide” page, you can filter the different models based on the machine you are looking to fit with tyres and the principal use you intend to make of it.


Here are certain priorities that you can choose:

  1. Soil preservation
  2. Travel by road or transport
  3. Mixed crop-livestock farming
  4. Handling operations
  5. Use of specific machines



1. You wish to preserve your soil

When you use our tool, start by choosing the type of “Agricultural vehicle” that you wish to fit with tyres. If your objective is soil preservation for work in the fields for example, choose “Maximum soil preservation” in the selector.

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In the “Tyre guides” menu, choose “Technical tyre guide” then select your vehicle

You will obtain the list of the most suitable tyres for working at low pressure and therefore protecting your soil. Firestone produces a range of premium tyres that have been developped specifically for field crop farming, which reduce the effects of soil compaction, even when carrying heavy loads.


Firestone’s Maxi Traction tyres
Firestone’s Maxi Traction tyres

More high-tech tyres to avoid soil compaction

Low-pressure agricultural tyres are characterised by their very robust casing and their supple sidewalls, which enable them to work at a low inflation pressure without altering the structure of the tyre. They are highly efficient in terms of soil preservation.

Unlike standard agricultural tyres, these high-tech tyres can work at very low pressure, which minimises the impact on the structure of the soil and allows for the circulation of air, water and nutrients. These conditions encourage deep root development and good crop growth, leading to better quality harvests.


Better soil preservation with Firestone’s Maxi Traction tyres

From among the agricultural tyre ranges developed by Firestone, Maxi Traction tyres can be a prized asset for intensive work in the fields. Their exceptionally robust casing offers greater resistance than average, making it possible to work at a very low inflation pressure (as little as 0.8 bar). Thanks to its innovative structure, the load is spread smoothly over a longer contact patch with the ground, which limits compaction to the arable layer of soil.

In addition to its resistant casing, it sets itself apart through its dual angle lug design which allows the tyre to grip hold of the ground over a larger surface area, thus improving the traction capacity.

There are many advantages that come with use of Firestone’s Maxi Traction tyres:

  • Reduced compaction
  • Better traction
  • Very good resistance to impacts and wear
  • Wide pressure range of 0.6 to 1.6 bar
  • Up to 3 bar with a cyclic load at a speed of 10 km/h
  • Can cope with 30% more load than standard tyres
  • Exceptional durability and longevity.
  • Driving comfort and precision turning


2. You drive on the road or use your tractor a lot for transport

If your tractor is often on the road or makes a lot of trips for transport purposes, select the option “Principal use: transport” in our selector. You will be given access to a list of the best tyres for regular transport or long distances by road.

Give priority to agricultural tyres that are highly resistant to wear for use on the road

Tractor tyres are originally meant for use in a field full of earth, essentially to optimise traction on loose or wet ground. Using them regularly for transport on hard, abrasive surfaces such as asphalt will accelerate wear. For frequent use on the road, sturdiness and resistance to wear are the main characteristics to look for when you choose your tractor tyres. Firestone has developed tyre technologies that satisfy your needs completely.

The Performer Extra 85 designed for road use
The Performer Extra 85 designed for road use

The Performer Extra 85 tyre: the solution for frequent transport by road

Firestone’s Performer Extra 85 tyres are widely appreciated for frequent road use. They are highly resistant to wear thanks to the addition of specific materials which increase their useful life. The very resistant casing can cope with heavy loads and also contributes to this increased durability. The lugs overlap in a specific way to obtain great road handling capacities and a comfortable driving experience with less noise and vibrations.


Advantages of the Performer Extra 85:

  • Addition of an anti-wear compound
  • 20% more hours of work
  • Reinforced casing that is more durable
  • Very high load capacity
  • Pressure range of 0.6 to 1.6 bar depending on tyre size  
  • Very good stability on the road
  • Flexible driving, less noise and vibrations.


Maxi Traction 65: better traction and excellent road capacity

Firestone’s Maxi Traction 65 tyres are characterised by their versatility: crop farming and transport. The design of their lugs has been improved, they are longer and wider to obtain a very good traction capacity and better resistance to wear on the road. The specific overlapping lug design offers better shock absorption and a comfortable driving experience with great road handling capacities.


These premium tyres are suitable for work in the fields as well as for driving on the road:

  • Longer wider lugs
  • High traction capacity
  • Pressure range of 0.6 to 1.6 bar
  • Robust casing with a reinforced structure for a higher load capacity
  • Very good stability even in extreme conditions
  • Very long wear life


3. Your farm specialises in mixed crop-livestock farming

In the selector, you can choose “Mixed use: field & road”. You will obtain a selection of the best tyres for mixed crop-livestock farming. The tyre models available in this category are highly versatile for work in the fields and the court farmyard.

You have the choice between:

  • Maxi Traction 
  • Maxi Traction 65 
  • Performer Extra 85
  • Performer Extra 70.
Specific tyres for mixed crop-livestock farming
Specific tyres for mixed crop-livestock farming

These tyres are highly adaptable, thanks to their ultra resistant casing and their reinforced sidewalls, which means that they can be used at very low pressure in the fields, to avoid soil compaction and improve traction capacity, as well as for use at high pressure, for handling with a front loader in the farm courtyard.

These tyres have been designed to offer exceptional resistance to wear and to the strain of frequent manoeuvres on abrasive ground in the farm courtyard or livestock farming buildings.

The specific design of their thicker Dual Angle lugs is optimised for exceptional traction and adherence in the fields. You will therefore have a better road handling capacity and work efficiency.

These tyres, which are designed for mixed use, are a wise choice as they guarantee optimal efficiency on different types of land.



4. Handling operations

In the selector, in terms of equipment you can choose “Handling equipment” and as far as use is concerned you can opt for“Mixed use” or “Hard surfaces”.

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You can tick several choices in our “Technical tyre guide” selectors

What type of tyre for handling?

For your handling operations, the choice of tyres for your telescopic forklift trucks plays a decisive role in the stability and efficiency of this equipment. The different constraints, such as frequent front to back movements, tight turns and heavy loads carried at the end of the boom, require suitable tyres that will provide optimal efficiency and productivity while guaranteeing the long life of your equipment.

Tyre suited to front load transfer with a telescopic handler
Tyre suited to front load transfer with a telescopic handler

R8000 Utility tyres: exceptional stability and adherence

For intensive handling operations, Firestone’s R8000 Utility tyres are the ideal solution. Their wide lugs provide good grip on all surfaces. The extra-wide tread arch and very thick sidewalls lead to very good lateral stability for lifting manoeuvres.


Principal characteristics:

  • Very robust casing
  • Pressure range from 1.2 to 4 bar (depending on the tyre size) 
  • Good traction capacity in the fields
  • Very thick sidewalls, excellent cut resistance
  • Suitable for complex manoeuvres
  • Very good stability


Duraforce Utility tyres: robustness and driving comfort

Firestone’s Duraforce Utility tyres are an ideal choice for intensive handling operations on very hard ground. Their reinforced casing, with thick sidewalls and an extra-wide tread, lead to resistance and optimal stability. With their precision during manoeuvres and driving comfort, they are perfect for handling materials in the farm courtyard.


Principal characteristics:

  • Very robust casing
  • Pressure range from 1.2 to 5 bar (depending on the tyre size) 
  • Very good adherence on hard surfaces
  • Very thick sidewalls, excellent cut resistance
  • Suitable for complex manoeuvres on hard surfaces
  • Flat tread for better stability


5. Use of specific machines

In the selector you can choose “Harvester” or “Sprayer”. You will get a selection of the most suitable tyres for the uses of these machines.

The Maxi Traction Harvest is designed for harvesting

For your harvester, opt for robustness and comfort. The Maxi Traction Harvest tyre has been designed for better cyclic load management with a load bonus of 55% possible at 15 km/h and up to 70% more load at 10 km/h. Its dual angle lugs offer optimal traction and the tread has been optimised to obtain good road handling and great precision during manoeuvres in the fields.

Strong points:

  • Very robust casing
  • Tyre suitable for cyclic loads
  • +70% load at 10 km/h in cyclic operations
  • Pressure range from 0.8 to 4 bar
  • Excellent traction capacity
  • Very good road handling
  • Very good stability


For sprayers: give priority to the Performer 95 Row Crop

Ideal for spraying, the Performer 95 Row Crop tyre is equipped with a steel belt to manage heavy loads as well as a very wide sprayer boom for example. Its narrow width reduces crop damage while providing an exceptional traction capacity.

Specific tyres for spraying
Specific tyres for spraying

Strong points:

  • Narrow tyre
  • Robust casing
  • Tread with steel belt
  • High speed index (up to 65 km/h)
  • Pressure range from 1.6 to 5 bar
  • Cyclic bonus load up to 5 bar
  • Very high load capacity



Choosing a tyre that is perfectly suited to your most frequent use rather than a standard tyre will help you make real savings. Over its full working life, the tyre that you have chosen will bring you optimal efficiency and improve your machine’s capacities and your working time, while reducing your fuel consumption.


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