EQUIPMENT NEWS
Machinery Chatter
Russ Quinn DTN Staff Reporter
Wed Jan 16, 2013 01:06 PM CST

I don't need to tell you tire ballast is important. Tractors and combines have more power than their weight can use and, by adding weight to the tires and/or frame, one can improve the machine's traction and prevent wheel slippage which can damage tires.

There are a couple different ways farmers can add weight to their tractor or combine.

For many years liquid ballast was the main answer. Calcium chloride is a heavy liquid and does not freeze, so was put in the tire tube to add weight.

In recent years, however, manufacturers have moved toward another type of tire ...

Quick View
  • Crop Tech Corner In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers produce orange-colored corn with sight-saving capabi...
  • Strong Immunity Wins Two weeks after calving, cows lose body condition. But if she is short on nutrients, too, that dr...
  • Russ' Vintage Iron DTN staff reporter Russ Quinn takes a look at farm life nearly a century ago.
  • Klinefelter: By the Numbers Farm lenders should halt their petty rivalry and focus on agriculture's best interest: Our nation...
  • CWA Rule Pressure The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the...
  • GOP Picks Conaway as House Ag Chairman The House Republican Steering Committee on Tuesday selected Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, as the...
  • Head Start A Pennsylvania teen has two years of a farm-to-fork business under his belt and is looking to exp...
  • Woodbury: Farm Family Business One of the world's wealthiest families measures success not in dollars but in authenticity.
  • Ask the Vet A warning about bull breeding soundness.
Related News Stories
The Need for Speed
A Machine Shed's Second Life
Used Equipment Prices to Fall?
Another Headwind for Drones
Tools Apply Inputs With Precision
Russ' Vintage Iron
A Shop Divided
Polaris Combat Vehicle
One of THOSE Days
It's a Small World