When considering the right agricultural tires for your job, you are likely looking for a tire that offers plenty of traction and support for your work while giving you the smoothest ride possible. What may come as a surprise to many is that Ag tires actually come in a variety of styles based on the tread depth, tire profile, soil type, and application. Learning the various styles of common Ag tires can help you select the best tire for your needs – as well as how you can care for your specific tires to ensure that they last as long as possible.
In this article, we will break down the most common Ag tire styles, and look closely at the benefits of each.
Common Ag Tires ( R-1 / R-1W )
When considering Ag tires, the most common tread pattern you will come across are R-1. These tires are commonly used on agricultural equipment that may travel across terrain that is uneven, rough, and where traction is needed.
R-1 Ag tires feature a moderately deep tire tread that will give equipment a stronger traction on farmland that may be muddy.
If your land is in a floodplain and is prone to having seasonal standing water issues, you may benefit from the advantages of R-1W style Ag tires. R-1W tires offer the greatest traction and support when the ground may be impassable with heavier equipment or if you are losing traction with a standard R-1 tread design.
R-1 and R-1W tires – while a great choice for helping push through rough and wet farm terrain, often come at a higher cost due to their size and durability (R-1W’s costing more than traditional R-1’s). The increased tread and depth can be rough on lawns and turf, often leaving ruts in soft ground. When it comes to choosing the right Ag tire for your property, ensure that you know the impacts that snow, rain, and seasonal flooding may have on your soil. Choosing a set of R-1 or R-1W ag tires may be an investment that will pay off in the long run.