The optimal sprayer tire setup changes as the season progresses. This is a guide to help you determine what tires you should have for your self-propelled sprayer, and when they should be used.
While none of us are in charge of the weather, we are in charge of the tires on our sprayer(s). As it turns out, sprayer tires can have a big impact on yields, and choosing the right ones will help squash soil compaction before it has a chance to squash your yields.
Self-propelled sprayers are versatile machines. The narrow tires on them . . . not so much. To get the most out of a sprayer, more than one set of tires is needed. Outlined below are tires that are useful additions to (or replacements for) the standard narrow radial tires.
1. Flotation Tires: For Pre-Plant and Early Post-Emerge Applications
Ranging from 520mm (20.8 inches) wide to 900mm (35.5 inches) wide, flotation tires may double a sprayer’s footprint size. This larger footprint means less soil compaction, better machine handling, and more traction for spraying through soft spring soils.
While flotation tires are used nearly exclusively for pre-plant applications, some farmers choose to keep them on while the crop is still small and drive across the rows, instead of with the rows to reduce soil compaction. Young corn and soybean plants will rebound quickly as long as you have good radial tires that are properly inflated before driving over the crop. If you have any questions about the proper inflation pressure for an application, call our tire experts. A quick call is better than crop damage!
If you want to see the flotation tire options for a specific model sprayer, NTS Tire Supply’s Sprayer Tire Configurator shows flotation tire and wheel fitments for common self-propelled sprayers. You can also call our tire changeover specialists (888) 787-3559 to find the right setup for any sprayer and get fast, accurate quotes for both new and used tires and wheels to complete your tire project.
2. Narrow Tire Alternatives: IFs, VFs, and Duals for In-Season Applications
Narrow tires (320mm to 380mm wide) are the most common option for post-emergence spray applications. However, these standard radial tires certainly leave their mark in the field.
Even in the narrow tire category, you have options to improve your sprayer’s footprint size and reduce compaction. IF (increased flex) and VF (very high flex) tires allow you to reduce a tires’ air pressure by 20 to 40 percent while carrying the same weight, or it can carry 20 to 40 percent more weight at a standard radial’s air pressure.
Some sprayers are poorly balanced because of excessive weight on the rear axle. To combat this problem, NTS Tire Supply can outfit your sprayer with narrow duals in just the rear or all the way around.
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What size tires work on my sprayer?
The make and model of your sprayer determine the right flotation tire size. To see a list of tire and wheel options for your specific sprayer, check out NTS Tire Supply’s Sprayer Tire Configurator. To explore your options and get a quote on a new or used tire setup for your sprayer, talk with an expert at NTS Tire Supply.