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Configurations Options for Double Mounting Tractor Tyres

Preserving soil profile is usually challenging for farmers, and it is best achieved by using low-pressure tyres on a tractor. In fact, different tyre types, such as radial tyres, high volume tyres and very high flexion tyres, are designed to work optimally under low pressure. If you cannot access the above top-of-the-line tyres, then double mounting is an excellent alternative. It is mainly the case if you own a heavy and powerful tractor. Dual mounting allows equal distribution of weight across all tyres, reducing the pressure applied on the soil. That said, you can mount dual tyres in different configurations depending on the situation. Here are the most common double mounting configurations for tractor tyres.

Same Wheel Size Configuration — One of the biggest mistakes you can make when double mounting tractor tyres is using differently-sized wheels. Notably, using the same tyre size is the most straightforward configuration you can make when dual mounting tyres. However, if one tyre is smaller than the other, the chances are high that it will not contact the ground most times. Therefore, the weight of your harvest, implements and tractor will only be exerted on one tyre, promoting soil compaction and reducing your yield. When dual mounting, ensure that tyres are of the same size — front and rear — so that weight is evenly distributed on each wheel.

Double Furrow Configuration — Crops grown close to each other in rows, such as corn and beetroot, offer a different kind of challenge to farmers. Besides preserving the soil, you must ensure that tractor tyres do not damage the plants. However, it is impossible to achieve if you mount tractor tyres close because the configuration cannot accommodate crop rows. Mounting tractor tyres in a double furrow configuration preserves the soil and protects crops from damage since the space between wheels is big enough to accommodate an entire row of crops.

Narrow-Wide Configuration — As mentioned earlier, double mounting tyres of the same size prevents soil compaction. However, using tyres of the same size increases a tractor's width, which can be a problem on the road. It means that you must disassemble dual wheels before driving your tractor on the road. Why go through all the hassle when you can opt for a narrow-wide configuration where you mount both narrow and wide tyres on the same wheel. This type of double mounting does not limit operation to a farm because you can legally drive a tractor on the road without interfering with traffic. Notably, a narrow-wide mounting configuration is suitable for multipurpose farm operations.

For more information about agricultural tyres, contact a local supplier.