Tire Safety for Specialty Tires such as tractor, farm, construction and other OTR Tires
Proper tire maintenance is important to maintain traction. Tires that show signs of damage, have excessive tread wear or are under inflated will not perform safely. Checking the tires on your equipment should always be part of your daily inspection before operating any type of machinery. While the most obvious safety risk is from tire blow out or failure during operation, there are many other factors that could cause harm to both the operator and the equipment. Tractor or other types of equipment rollovers pose the most risk to operators and while there are many reasons that a rollover can occur, having the right tires, tire pressure and proper traction for the application and environment can help prevent these accidents. This is also important to your bottom line… when your tires are not performing properly, you will not get the optimal performance from your equipment. And any tire failure will cause very costly downtime! So take the time to properly inspect your tires for signs of wear, cracking, rim damage and inflation.
Quick Tire Check List from Firestone
Tire Safety for Tractor Tires, Construction Tires & OTR Tires
While most safety tips will be true for any type of specialty tire, there are some specific safety recommendations for farm tires or OTR tires due to the generally larger sizes of the tires and the heavier loads they carry.
Proper Tire Selection
The size of the tire is just the starting point when it comes to specialty and OTR tires. Keep in mind that the same tire size in a. different brand or even the same brand but with a different tread design will affect their dimensions. Weight or load carrying capacity, applications, surface and environment for use, traction requirements and equipment type are just a few factors to consider. This is why it may be best to speak with an expert before you purchase. Ken Jones offers exceptional product support and will know how to find the right product for your needs and your budget. So just give us a call at 1-800-225-9513, email your questions to email@example.com, or live chat with a tire expert on our website.
Watch the video below to learn more about proper farm & tractor tire selection
Watch the video below to help you select the RIGHT OTR or Loader Tires
Inflation Pressure and Load
Maintaining the correct inflation pressure at all times will give you the best results from your tires. This is true for almost any type of tire. Keep in mind that it takes tires up to 24 hours to cool after completing a job. Because of this, it is recommended that you check and adjust inflation pressure after long breaks or weekends.
Safety Starts with Proper Demounting & Mounting Procedures
Due to the size and weight of these tires, following proper procedures for demounting and mounting is extremely important. The task of servicing tires and wheels can be extremely dangerous and should be performed by trained personnel only, using the correct tools and following specific procedures. If you have any doubt in performing any step in the demounting, mounting, or inflating process STOP! Seek assistance from a qualified person. ALWAYS FOLLOW MANUFACTURERS GUIDELINES for proper mounting and demounting procedures.Generally they will have useful tips about using the proper size rim and lubricants as well. For best practices you should follow all safety guidelines and procedures as recommended by the tire manufacturer and equipment manufacturer as well. Demounting and Mounting Safety from Titan Tires
Mounting/Dismounting Safety Tips
- “Before mounting the tires on the vehicle, check the wheels and rims and make sure that the vehicle is in perfect mechanical condition. Upon completion of the mounting process, check the clearance between the wheel and the vehicle all around. For duals, install a permanent rock ejector to prevent damage from wedged rocks.”
- “Duals should not vary in their overall diameter, more than ¼” for tires of up to 8.25” cross section, and ½” for tires with cross section of 9.00” and above. If this is not adhered to, the larger tire is likely to fail prematurely. Never try to make up for larger differences by changing the inflation pressure.”
Manufacturers and other Tire Safety Links
- BKT Tire Care & Safety
- ATG: Alliance, Galaxy, Aeolus and Primex Brands
- Goodyear and Firestone Ag Safety and Resources
- Titan Tires Safety
- OSHA Tractor Safety Manual for the Landscaping & Horticultural Industries
- Farm Safety Association Guide To Safe Farm Tractor Operation
- Carlisle Trailer Tire Safety Tips
Other tire factors that can affect your overall operational safety
When extra traction is needed, especially in agriculture and OTR (off road use), liquid ballasting can be used to help improve traction, stability and higher adherence on the terrain. When filling tires with liquid ballast, it is recommended not to exceed 75% of its volume, in order to leave an air reserve of at least 25% of the tire volume. It is very important to use proper inflation pressure as recommended by the manufacturer with reference to the loading conditions in order to maintain safety and performance. In harsher climates, anti-freezing agents such as calcium chloride or magnesium chloride can be used. It is highly recommended that these operations are carried out by a professional technician only.
Proper Handling & Storage
Avoid storing tires for more than a few months. Store in areas that are dark, cool, and free of dirt and oils. Try to store as far as possible from running electric engines. For more proper handling, transportation & storage tips from BKT Tires, click here.
Proper Driving Techniques
To get maximum performance from off-the-road tires, it is important to use proper driving habits. Avoid things like: chuck holes, strong spinning, sudden starting or breaking maneuvers, high speed cornering, and locking one wheel for sharp turns. Any of these maneuvers can harm your tires and shorten their working life.
Proper Load & Speed
The following tables come from ATG/Alliance Tire Safety Tips Page:
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Remember tire safety starts with choosing the right tire! Ken Jones Tires offers expert advice for all types of speciality tires: tractor, lawn & garden, construction, industrial, and more! We want to give our customers options, such as good, better and best choices! Just give us a call and we will help you find the right tire for your specific application and your budget!
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