Tire Safety for Tractor, Construction and other OTR Tires

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 sales@kenjones.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

Other tire factors that can affect your overall operational safety

Liquid Ballasting

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:
LOAD INDICES
Indice Load in kg lbs Indice Load in kg lbs Indice Load in kg lbs Indice Load in kg lbs
100 800 1760 123 1550 3410 146 3000 6600 169 5800 12760
101 825 1815 124 1600 3520 147 3075 6765 170 6000 13200
102 850 1870 125 1650 3630 148 3150 6930 171 6150 13530
103 875 1925 126 1700 3740 149 3250 7150 172 6300 13860
104 900 1980 127 1750 3850 150 3350 7370 173 6500 14300
105 925 2035 128 1800 3960 151 3450 7590 174 6700 14740
106 950 2090 129 1850 4070 152 3550 7810 175 6900 15180
107 975 2145 130 1900 4180 153 3650 8030 176 7100 15620
108 1000 2200 131 1950 4290 154 3750 8250 177 7300 16060
109 1030 2266 132 2000 4400 155 3875 8525 178 7500 16500
110 1060 2332 133 2060 4532 156 4000 8800 179 7750 17050
111 1090 2398 134 2120 4664 157 4125 9075 180 8000 17600
112 1120 2464 135 2180 4796 158 4250 9350 181 8250 18150
113 1150 2530 136 2240 4928 159 4375 9625 182 8500 18700
114 1180 2596 137 2300 5060 160 4500 9900 183 8750 19250
115 1215 2673 138 2360 5192 161 4625 10175 184 9000 19800
116 1250 2750 139 2430 5346 162 4750 10450 185 9250 20350
117 1285 2827 140 2500 5500 163 4875 10725 186 9500 20900
118 1320 2904 141 2575 5665 164 5000 11000 187 9750 21450
119 1360 2992 142 2650 5830 165 5150 11330 188 10000 22000
120 1400 3080 143 2725 5995 166 5300 11660 189 10300 22660
121 1450 3190 144 2800 6160 167 5450 11990 190 10600 23320
122 1500 3300 145 2900 6380 168 5600 12320 191 10900 23980

 

SPEED INDICES
Speed code Km/h Mph
A1 5 3
A2 10 6
A3 15 9
A4 20 12
A5 25 16
A6 30 19
A7 35 22
A8 40 25
B 50 31
C 60 37
D 65 40
E 70 43
F 80 50
G 90 56
J 100 62
K 110 68
L 120 75
M 130 81
N 140 87

 

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!