The Advantages of Tubeless Agriculture TiresEric Johnson
In This Article:
When It Comes to Farm and Ranch Implements, Going Tubeless Pays Dividends. Here’s Why…
What Are Tubeless Tires? And How Do They Differ from Tubed Tires?
Easy Ways to Tell If Your Tires Are Tubeless
What Are the Specific Advantages of Tubeless Farm and Ranch Tires?
What Are the Specific Disadvantages of Tubeless Farm and Ranch Tires?
They’re Tubeless—But You Can Add Tubes. Why Would You?
When You Need Agriculture Tires and Inner Tubes, Count on Treadworld
Tubeless tires or tires with inner tubes? Which will serve you best with your farm and ranch equipment? Should you go old school, with tubed tires, which have been around since the early 1900s? Or should you go less old school, with tubeless tires, which have been around since the late 1940s. For the most part, as you’ll see if you keep reading, tubeless offers many more advantages then tubed tires. So, the tire experts at Treadworld are here to provide you with information to help you make your best decision in the tubeless vs. tubed debate.
This is easy, right? Tubeless tires are farm implement tires that don’t have tire tubes. They operate at the same inflation, and they have the same load capacity as tube type tires. Instead, they have a rubber liner that contains the air and maintains the inflation pressure in the tire. This liner is designed to reduce air leaks. That doesn’t mean that tubeless tires are impervious to the punctures, but that liner will slow the deflation, hopefully enough to allow you to avoid being stranded—whereas when you puncture a tubed tire, BOOM, it’s flat. While the valve is attached to the inner tube with a tubed tire, it’s attached to the rim with a tubeless tire. Tubeless tire sealant is used to form an airtight lock between the rim and the tubeless tire.
There are several easy ways to tell if you’re currently running tubed or tubeless tires with your farm equipment. The quickest way is to simply look for the word “tubeless” on the sidewall of the tire. You can also check the tire valve. Tubeless tire valves are connected directly to the wheel, and there’s no gap at the edge, but with tube tires for farm implements the valve is connected to the tube so you may see a slight gap. Finally, the while both tubeless and inner tube tires have a mark along the tire bead or edge, for tubeless tires, the mark doesn’t reach the sidewall.
When it comes to tractor tires and tires for your combines, hay wagons, carts and other pull-behind farm implements, there are several advantages to running tubeless tires, starting with overall increased reliability, productivity and safety. Obviously one of the advantages tubeless tires is that you don’t have to deal with a separate tube—the rim of the wheel and the tire, with the help of tubeless tire sealant, form an airtight seal. Tubeless tires are typically more reliable, which results in less downtime. There’s no bigger waste of time than repairing or maintaining your tire’s inner tube. Tubeless tires provide more puncture resistance and tend to self-heal, and there’s no concern with the pinch flats you can have with tubed tires. When punctures do occur with tubeless tires, they’re easier to repair. You may not have to fully deflate the punctured tire to add a tire plug, for instance, and the rate of deflation is slower so they rarely go instantly flat, which may give you time to get back to home base to make the fix. You can ride on tubeless tires at lower pressures when you’re looking to improve traction, without the risk of pinch-punctures. Plus, tubeless tires are lighter which can contribute to better maneuverability. Finally, heat emission is lower with tubeless tires because there’s no friction between tire and inner tube.
Agricultural tires without tubes are typically more expensive up-front—though that disadvantage can become an advantage because tubeless tire construction tends to result better durability, and longevity. To put air in a tubeless tire that’s gone completely flat, you might have to jack up the tractor to reset the bead seal. And it’s possible that air and sealant can escape if the tire bead comes away from the rim due to sudden impact or stress caused by operating on steep hillsides.
As we established, tubeless tires have no inner tubes, and no need for inner tubes because the rim of the wheel and the tire keep the air in. But, you have the option of adding tubes to your tubeless tires. You’ll need to cut out the valve stem off the rim and insert the inner tube valve stem. But that’s a little bit “cart before the horse.” Why would you want to put a tube in your tubeless tire? Two big reasons.
• As an alternative to replacing a tubeless tire with a minor or slow air leak that doesn’t have a puncture in the sidewall and that is still in relatively good shape
•When you’re adding stability to your farm equipment through liquid ballasting, you may want to add inner tubes to your tubeless tires to act as a barrier because many of the commonly used ballasting fluids are not real rim-friendly and can cause rust and corrosion
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