Education Center

Don’t lose time by losing traction: 10 tips to minimize wheel slippage

There’s a good chance your fields looked more like ponds not too long ago. Maybe they still do. Either way, you’re probably fighting physics when it comes to planting this year. All of that mud won’t provide much traction for your equipment, especially if your tread has worn. 

Before you get into the field, use these tips to check your current tires to see if they’ll get you through the wet conditions without slipping. If it looks like you need new tires, we’ll walk you through how to determine what new tires are best for you. 

  1. How’s your tread depth? If your lugs are worn down to less than an inch in height at the middle of the tire, it’s time to start looking for new tires.
  2. As you shop for new tires, look for R1W tread designs. Their lugs are deeper than R1 tires, so they’ll help prevent slippage better.
  3. Consider radial tires instead of bias tires. Radial tires have a larger footprint, which spreads the weight of your equipment over a larger section of ground. That increases traction.
  4. When looking at tread designs consider long bar/long bar tread over long bar/short bar. The curving 45-degree lug of the long bar/long bar is better at self-cleaning than more traditional tires with straighter lugs.
  5. Speaking of self-cleaning, look for tires that have features between the lugs that help prevent mud from filling between the tire tread. 
  6. Check your air pressure. Many growers overinflate their radial tires, because they look flat when carrying a load. That flatter appearance is typical of radials. They're designed to flex in order to reduce slippage and enhance self-cleaning. Base your PSI on the load and application. Don’t inflate anymore than necessary to carry the weight and speed of your application.
  7. If you need help understanding the correct pressure for your application, contact a Dawson tire expert. There’s no charge, and we’ll walk you through the correct PSI.
  8. Does your application need IF or VF technology in your tires? These tires carry heavier loads at much lower pressure, which reduces slip and keeps the mud out of the tread. 
  9. Depending on your application, you’ll want to consider a wider single tire over duals. They often perform better in wet fields, because they don’t allow mud to build up between the dual tires.
  10. If you have any questions, simply contact us. Advice doesn’t cost anything and one of our tire experts will be happy to help. Give us a call at (888) 604-3404.

Implement a better tire for irrigation.

Water is heavy and sprinklers are heavier. All that weight can easily compact the soil, costing your customers time in equipment adjustment and repairs, as well as money when it comes to a reduction in their yield. A lot of this hassle and loss is...

Minimize impact on your fields and equipment.

Compacting the soil in your fields can cause a dramatic reduction in your crops’ yields. Putting unnecessary strain on your engines can reduce the lifespan of your equipment by many years. These are both costly. They’re also both...

The only way out is through. Until it isn’t.

Because we’re lucky enough to have customers across North America, I travel quite a bit. A few Mondays ago, I made the drive from Gothenburg to the airport in Lincoln, Nebraska. I was supposed to catch a plane to Minneapolis, so I could visit...

Connection is the key to success.

There’s no shortage on advice for how to grow your business. Hundreds of books are published every year. Just as many consultants promise they have the secret and will happily share it with you—for a price. We’re sure you can...

Winning the game of chicken.

We’ve seen a lot of challenging situations over the last twenty-odd years. In fact, we pride ourselves on understanding and overcoming practically any challenge the ag industry throws at us. A while ago, it threw a curveball. We’re...

Gold pricing. Golden Opportunity.

At Dawson Tire and Wheel, we’re always looking to create the best deal possible for our dealers. This spring, that includes gold pricing on select irrigation stock, so your customers can get their equipment moving in the fields. Choose...

Implement a better tire for irrigation.

Water is heavy and sprinklers are heavier. All that weight can easily compact the soil, costing your customers time in equipment adjustment and repairs, as well as money when it comes to a reduction in their yield. A lot of this hassle and loss is...

Implement a better tire for planting season.

Bigger is the new normal. And while bigger is sometimes better, bigger is usually heavier, too — especially when implements are loaded with the additional weight of herbicides, fertilizer and/or seed. In fact, this equipment can cause greater...

Tread lightly. There’s money beneath you.

Once planting season arrives, you need to get into your fields as soon as you can. But there’s a good chance those fields will still be saturated. With regular tires on your equipment, it’s a delicate balance. You need to get out early...

Roll Your Way to a Rebate.

From now until April 30, 2019, you’ll get $125 Visa Prepaid Card for every eligible Trelleborg tire you purchase — up to eight tires. That means you could get up to $1,000 back on tires you needed to buy anyway. And that’s a pretty...

We Want to Hear from You.

I started Dawson Tire & Wheel, because I knew there had to be a better way — for my family, for our farming friends, and for the agriculture industry as a whole. It took a big leap of faith to open the business, but I was passionate about...

Get in Wet Fields with Floats.

Spring is just around the corner. It may not feel like it with lingering cold weather. And the Farmer’s Almanac predicts a later, wetter planting season just like last year. But there’s a way to get into your fields sooner: sprayer...

It’s Harder to Hit Paydirt with Compacted Soil.

Ag equipment has become bigger and heavier over the years. And while that increase in size can increase efficiency over a growing season, it can have a negative impact on crop production due to soil deterioration and increased erosion from the extra...
Page: 12 - All
888-991-8590