The best agricultural tyres for agricultural contracting companies

The management of agricultural tyre costs cannot be the same for agricultural contracting firms as for farmers, because the number of tyres is much higher, the number of hours’ work for each tractor is much higher and the number of kilometres to drive by road to reach the clients’ farms is incomparable.
An investment in top-of-the-range tyres makes much more sense, even though it is always difficult to pass on the cost of the equipment to the price of the services. Yet with high-tech equipment you work faster and gain more trust from your clients who will then entrust more jobs to you.

Here is how to manage agricultural tyre costs for agricultural contractors and get a better return on investment:

1. Investigations

For agricultural contracting companies, the tyre represents one of the highest costs after fuel, which means that a strategy has be put in place to optimise the return on your investment.

In practice, the strategy of “spending less” is soundly beaten by the “investing better” strategy. Thanks to technological developments, you effectively have much more to gain by having state-of-the-art equipment which allows you to save time with better quality work than by trying to save a few hundred euros on buying second hand equipment or equipment produced in an underdeveloped country with no manufacturing standards or research and development.

These are the key points to bear in mind to make the right choice when replacing worn tyres:

1. Opt for VF tyres to obtain advantages similar to duals

There is nothing better than duals to improve traction while preserving the structure of your soil, yet there are also many disadvantages, such as the cost and the cumbersome size.

VF tyres: VT-TractorVF tyres: VT-Tractor
Large size VF tyres have similar advantages. They allow you to work at low inflation pressure and considerably increase the size of the soil footprint, thus substantially improving traction.

Thanks to their more high-tech design, you no longer need to adjust inflation pressure between field and road, which means that you save time between the different plots of land.

2. Choose IF and VF CFO harvesting tyresO

IF and VF technology CFO harvesting tyres are designed to manage cyclical loads, i.e. to work with a variable load since the hopper is repeatedly filled and emptied throughout the harvesting operation, adding between 8,000 and 12,000 kilos every time it is filled.

They either offer you a bonus load or let you work without compacting your soil at 2.4 bars while maintaining a speed of 15 km/hour.

3. Choose tyres that are resistant to wear with a higher volume of rubber

Wear is the main reason for replacing agricultural tyres. For agricultural contracting companies which have to travel long distances on the road to reach their clients’ fields, this wear is accelerated by the road surface which is much harder and more abrasive than soil.

Opting for tyres with a thicker rubber design, such as the VX-TRACTOR, can win you hundreds of hours of use for a set of tyres.

 

2. Investment to optimise your agricultural tyres

1. Opt for bigger tyres

The objective of bigger tyres with a higher volume of air is clearly economic. You certainly know that your tractor’s original tyre is not the best for your farm, but an average solution to suit everyone (tyre size not adapted to the load or basic technology).

LReplacing your tyres is therefore an opportunity to get the most from your machine. The bigger the tyre, the more you transmit power to the ground, reduce slippage and therefore improve traction and reduce working time as well as fuel consumption.

Large volume tyres are also and above all about more load capacity, so working with bigger or wider implements, thus improving your productivity considerably.

2. Remote inflation: ideal for getting inflation pressure right

The principle of remote inflation is easy to understand: it allows you to adjust tyre pressure while driving to improve tyre performance, preserve tyre lifespan and reduce compaction caused by agricultural machinery.

Remote inflation systemRemote inflation system


For agricultural contracting companies, having a remote inflation system is a guarantee that all your operators will adapt inflation pressure correctly, because it does not require any time or effort. Your teams will systematically be able to work in the fields at a pressure of 0.8 bar and increase pressure when driving on the road without having to stop.

This is a good sales argument for your clients when you know that avoiding soil compaction leads to average yield gains of 5 to 10% for normal years. During a wet year, gains can even reach 20 to 30% for harvesting work carried out in the Autumn (corn and sunflower) and also during stubble ploughing and preparation (tilling and sowing).

For agricultural contractors, this represents 10% less fuel consumption and an increased tyre lifespan by 20 to 30% if you drive a lot on the road.

 

3. Use of agricultural tyres

The lifespan of your agricultural tyres can either be reduced by 50% or increased by 20% depending on how they are used:

  • distance on the road,
  • type of soil,
  • type of operations…

Eco-driving

Ensuring that all the agricultural contractor firm employees systematically adopt eco-driving habits would represent thousands of euros in savings at the end of the year.

There are numerous advantages to reducing speed on the road, the principal benefit being a reduction in tyre wear. The higher the speed, the more the rubber heats up, with temperatures rising to up to 65° within the tyre if you drive too fast with an excess load.

Agricultural tractor eco-drivingAgricultural tractor eco-driving


The time saved each trip is minimal when you drive at the authorised speed limit, but the wear on the rubber is very marked.

The reduction in fuel consumption is also a major source of savings when you reduce speed. Globally, you have everything to win by driving more slowly.

Control loads and adapt pressure

It’s easy to make the decision to fill a trailer to the brim to save a trip during harvesting operations. This is a legitimate choice, though not without consequences, especially for an agricultural contractor firm which will have a longer trip by road due to the distance necessary to reach the fields.
Adjusting tyre pressure to correspond precisely to you load is always better than ruining a set of tyres, even if you are pushed for time.

If you put too much strain on your tyre, its internal structure may deteriorate rapidly, which could halve its lifespan.

VT-Tractor pressure adjustment

Using VF tyres with extensive flexion capacity means that you can increase the load by 40% without any physical consequences, because this type of tyre is designed with high-tech casing that can handle more deflection and is therefore much more resistant than standard tyres.

 

4. Maintenance of agricultural tyres

Inspection routines

Taking a few minutes before beginning each operation to carry out the necessary checks must be part of the routine and in the long-term will always be profitable. Just like a pilot with his checklist of systematic procedures, with the aim of avoiding errors and accidents, you can follow a minor inspection routine to ensure that your equipment is fully operational before each campaign:

  • Inspection of the trailer attachment: coupling pins, axles, hitch pins, cables, electric cables…
  • Inspection of levels: oil, fuel…
  • Functioning of lights, warning light and indicators
  • Presence of crankcases and protections
  • Visual inspection of tyres and rims
  • Load check
  • Inflation pressure adjustment

Maintenance periods depending on the activity

Your tyres face different types of strain which depend on the activity you are going to carry out. For example: for soil preparation work you need to reduce inflation pressure, whereas the harvesting period requires higher pressure to cope with the load and spend more time on the road. This is why maintenance periods must follow your activity and not be carried out systematically at the same time of the year, during the dead season.

Below are the best adapted maintenance periods based on your tractor activity:

Agricultural tyre maintenance table
  Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Ploughing              
Sowing            
Spraying/spreading                
Crop protection                
Haymaking                      
Harvest (wheat, barely, rapeseed, corn, sunflower)                  
Cereal transport                  
Potato harvesting                      
Corn silage                      
Beet harvesting                    
Beet transport                    
Chicory harvesting                      

Identification of loads (weight)
Inflation pressure control
Wheel inspection (metal parts + tyre)
Mechanical inspection

The management of your agricultural tyre budget requires good organisation, but if you make the right choices, carry out regular maintenance operations and use adapted financing offers, you can considerably extend your tyres’ lifespan and spread the costs over their useful life.

 


The Bridgestone-agriculture.eu blog is written and administered by tractor tyre experts who are available to provide you with the advice you need on the subject of your agricultural tyres. They allow you to maximise your productivity with information on all subjects linked to tyres: Technical data for agricultural tyres – Agricultural tyre performance – Air pressure advice, Solutions to avoid soil compaction – Sprayer tyre pressure – Why and how to ballast your tractor tyres – etc….

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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.


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