Fix it: 5 expert winter tyre checks
Tyre experts Michelin were in touch this week to advise farmers and contractors about five key winter tips for tyre checks:
1. Check tyres for signs of damage
Accidental damage, no matter how small a cut, bulge or tear may be, will compromise a tyre's efficacy. Check that there is sufficient tread remaining, mindful that, tyre damage is more prevalent in winter due to the wetter conditions. Because water is a lubricant to rubber, sharp objects can penetrate tyre casings more easily than in the dry. Check also the tread area and sidewalls, right down to the wheel rim, to ensure any potential faults are found.
2. Prevent flat spots
Because machinery remains stationary for extended periods in winter, Michelin recommends that tyres are inflated slightly higher than standard operating pressures while being careful not to exceed the manufacturer's maximum inflation pressure. By doing so, tyres will be less likely to develop 'flat spots' so the risk of experiencing vibration on the road is avoided.
3. Consider technical applications
Think about your operations. Consider whether your current tyre is fit-for-purpose. The right tyre changes everything, particularly in certain, very specific applications.
Running the correct fitments at the right pressures is the key to getting the best from both tyre and machinery, while preserving soil structure. Before settling on a tyre, consider the type of soil, how big the machine is, its width or height limitations, the weight of any towed machinery or trailers, and the optimum pressures both in the field and on the road.