How Do I Choose the Right Brand of Tires?

Generation after generation passes down more than just secrets of success- We pass down a love for all things green, orange, red, blue and more. Our loyalty to brands ranging from John Deere to Kubota to Case IH, is not new to the Agricultural Industry. However, knowing which tire brand and style is right for our equipment is much more complex. Ag tires come in various shapes, sizes, tread designs and technologies that are constantly changing. So, which one suits your needs? We help you break it down to choose the best tires for your farming needs.

What brand of tire is best for me? 

Do you have a brand preference, or are you open to alternatives? There are many brands to choose from primarily falling into three tiers. Tier one is more of your premium or US built brands, while tier two and three are more of your cost-effective brands. Another difference between Tier 2 and 3 (besides price) is quality and warranty.

Tier 1: Firestone, Trelleborg, Michelin, Goodyear

Tier 2: Petlas, BKT, Mitas, Alliance 

Tier 3: Sampson, Speedway, Ceat, etc.

What is your need for: size, bolt pattern, tread, load capacity? 

The first step in determining which tires are right for your needs is understanding what you want your tires to help your equipment do. Start with the basics of your needs: 


-Bolt Pattern

Then asses your application or soil type:

- Do you have soil that is wet or dry, sandy or clay based? Do you need aggressive traction, shallow tread, tall skinny row crop tires, or large floats to expand surface area, decrease soil compaction, and help you not to sink? Would duals be better? Do you have an application that requires high load capacity?  Answering these questions will guide you to a model and tread style that better suits your needs. 

-Identify and choose tread options:

-R1 or R1W is your typical “lug tire”, and is found in most agricultural applications
-R2 is a more aggressive tire used in heavy wet soils or mud applications 
-R3 is known as a Turf Tire and is used in applications where minimal soil disturbance is a requirement such as a sod farm.
-R4 is an Industrial Tire and is used mostly in construction applications, such as on payloaders or skidsteers 

-Know your price range. Having a trusted expert guide you through this exercise can help you narrow down your options and ultimately pick the best tire for you. At Dawson Tire and Wheel, an ag tire specialist will be able to provide many comparable models across varied brands, providing you with different options for your budget!

How do I get more for my money? 

You just purchased new rubber for your tractor, and you want to make the tires you just bought last longer. By understanding a few extra guidelines and facts about your ag tires you can extend the life and value of your tire without adding any cost to you. 

Use the Load Index Rating suggestions from the manufacturer 

Every ag tire has an overall load rating. This is not news to anyone- but surprising it is when we tell customers that they can: 

•    Potentially extend their tires life
•    Increase production and engine performance anywhere from 20-40%
•    Cut down on road ware

Simply if machinery is run on properly inflated tires. 

Use Dawson Tire and Wheel’s Tire Chart to quickly gauge maximum carry capacity, speed capability, and PSI recommendation for your ag tires best performance. This chart is a tool we use all day, everyday... and you should too! 

Having life left in your tires is a win for everyone. It could add value to your equipment! Misjudging the value of tires can be more significant than you think- up to $40,000 on a 4wd tractor.  

As tire experts, we understand how daunting this task can be. That is why we have put together a simple presentation walking you through the breakdowns we use to value tires on an everyday basis. Make sure you stay tuned for our next post: How to Value Tires on Your Trade-Ins

Would you like help cross-comparing tires? Ask no further. Fill out a question form here

Or, call 888.604.3403 to talk with our Ag Tire Specialists now! 

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