Now is the time to address sprayer tire issues that could impact your farm’s productivity this spring and beyond. You obviously want to replace tires with worn tread, weather rot, and excessive stubble damage. But there are also several reasons why it might be smart to upgrade your sprayer rubber to flotation tires now, before spring is upon us.

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Avoid Deep Soil Compaction

Deep soil compaction is the #1 problem to prevent when driving across your fields with equipment. Any machine on your farm can drive deep soil compaction by transferring too much weight to the ground over too small of an area. Eventually, compaction can thin your stands and slash your yields both this year and into the future. It can be hard or impossible to overcome the damage, even using the best tillage practices. 

Protect Your Bottom Line

Upgrade your sprayer with IF or VF flotation tires and you can avoid the costly mistake of applying deep-soil compaction along with your chemicals. Consider this example: A 380/90R46 Firestone 9000 Radial tire has a footprint of 260 square inches. A 650/65R38 (the most common flotation tire size) Firestone 9000 Radial provides a 390-square-inch footprint. That’s an extra 130 square inches of ground contact per tire to spread the machine’s weight more evenly over the ground. 

Float Through Wet Spots

When spring turns wet, flotation tires can mean the difference between spraying on time or having to wait to finish your fields later. If timely application is important to your operation, the best tires can help keep your plans on track.

Improve Machine Handling

Flotation tires will improve your sprayer’s handling and make it easier to drive straight for precision application in the field. And, our top tire picks will give you a more comfortable ride in the field and down the road.

Slash Fuel Expenses

Old-tech tires don’t trim your fuel budget. As your tires sink farther into the soil, you’re burning tons of fuel just to climb out of your own ruts all day. For the health of your wallet—and your sprayer’s drivetrain—it’s best to float over the ground instead of powering through it.

The Top Floater Tires for Your Sprayer

NTS Tire Supply stocks both new and used flotation tires and wheels for all major sprayer brands and models. Below are a few of our favorite sprayer tires based on customer and market feedback. We’ve included two overall top picks as well as our top picks for smaller (under 1,000 gallons) and larger (over 1,000 gallons) sprayers. Because of the demands that high-speed road travel and high weights put on sprayer tires, we recommend a load index of 160 or greater and a minimum B speed rating.

We’re Here to Help!

Not sure what you need? You can use our sprayer flotation tire configurator here or talk to an NTS Tire Supply tire expert. As with many supply chains across the world, tire availability can be hit or miss right now. If we can’t source your first choice, we can work to find an alternative solution that fits your needs. 

Overall Best Tire for Reducing Compaction

Alliance 365 VF Agri-Star Tire

Alliance 365 VF Agri-Star

With high ratings for both soil protection and roadability, the Agri-Star is our first choice for a 650/65R38 flotation tire option. This VF has an enormous weight capacity and can carry the load at a lower air pressure than a standard radial tire. 

Alliance 372 Agriflex+ Tire

Alliance 372 Agriflex+

If you’re looking to further minimize compaction with a slightly larger tire, look no further than the Alliance 372 Agriflex+. With a significantly larger footprint than a standard radial tire in the same size, you’ll experience less soil compaction and a more comfortable ride. An R-1W tread pattern delivers good grip in the field and a long wear life—even with miles of road travel between jobs.

The Alliance 372 Agriflex and Agriflex+ are available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • VF710/70R38 178D
  • VF710/70R42 185D
  • VF600/70R30CFO 170D
  • IF600/65R28CFO 160D

Also Look At: Trelleborg TM1000 Progressive Traction & TM1000 High Power

The TM1000 line features Trelleborg’s “Blue Tire Technology,” which includes advanced rubber compounds and other premium design features to lower compaction and extend tire life. They are designed to provide a wide, stable footprint and low rolling resistance for lower compaction and better fuel economy. The Progressive Traction line includes Trelleborg’s most recent VF-rated tires, while the High Power line features IF-rated models. 

The Trelleborg TM1000 is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • VF600/70R30 170D (Progressive Traction)
  • VF710/70R42 182D (Progressive Traction)
  • IF650/65R38 169D (High Power)
  • IF710/70R42 179D (High Power)

Best Value for Mid- to Large-Sized Sprayers (more than 1,000 gallons)

Goodyear DT818 Optitrac Tire

Goodyear DT818 Optitrac

As its name suggests, the Optitrac aims to provide optimum traction and stability with its asymmetric lug shape, which is also curved for ride comfort on the road. Plus, you enjoy the security and familiarity of the Goodyear name and a price that puts this model solidly in the “good value for the money” category. It has sufficient load capacity for most sprayers.

The Goodyear DT818 is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 650/65R38 166D
  • 710/70R38 166D, 171D, 179B
  • 710/70R42 173D & 179D
  • 480/80R50 159D
  • 540/65R34 152B
  • 600/70R30 152B
  • 620/70R46 167B
  • IF710/70R38CFO 181D
  • IF710/70R42CFO 179D
  • VF750/65R26CFO 177D
  • LSW710/60R46 174D
  • ​​LSW800/55R46 178D & 190D
  • LSW900/50R46 181D & 191D

Also Look At: Alliance Agri Star II 470

The Agri Star II provides an excellent balance of performance and value for larger sprayers. With its “Stratified Layer” technology, the Agri Star is designed to offer secure road handling even after the tire is 40% worn. Each lug is made from two layers: a first layer with a multi-angle profile and a second layer with a single-angle profile. 

The Alliance Agri Star II 470 is available in the following sizes for sprayers: 

  • 710/70R38 172D, 178D
  • 710/70R42 173D
  • 480/80R50 159D
  • 600/70R30 152D

Alliance Super Power Drive 360 R-1+

The 360 features an overlapping center lug, which translates to a smooth ride down the road and in the field. The multi-angle lugs also have good self-cleaning properties, which comes in handy if the weather turns wet.

The Alliance Super Power Drive 360 R-1+ is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 600/65R28 154D
  • 650/65R38 171D
  • 710/70R38 178D

Best Value for Smaller Sprayers (less than 1,000 gallons)

Goodyear DT818 Optitrac Tire

Goodyear DT818 Optitrac

As its name suggests, the Optitrac aims to provide optimum traction and stability with its asymmetric lug shape, which is also curved for ride comfort on the road. Plus, you enjoy the security and familiarity of the Goodyear name and a price that puts this model solidly in the “good value for the money” category. It has sufficient load capacity for most sprayers. (See section above for available sizes.)

A Specialty Tire: Best for Long-Distance Roaders

Alliance 550 Multiuse Tire

Alliance 550 Multiuse

If you’re a co-op customer—or a farmer with long distances to travel between fields—the 550 Multiuse is a perfect (but pricey) choice for your sprayer. The tire’s center guide lugs provide excellent, secure handling on the road to help cut down on operator fatigue during those long days. In the field, the 550 Multiuse is easy on your soil and offers top-notch hillside stability. If you travel long road distances or have hilly fields, the 550 Multiuse may be the tire for your sprayer.

The Alliance 550 Multiuse is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 650/65R38 170D
  • 710/70R42 177D
  • 600/70R30 158D

Your Other Sprayer Tire Options

In addition to our top picks, we’ve listed several other makes/models below that are available for the sprayer flotation tire market. What puts these tires in our “other” category? In some cases, we haven’t had the opportunity to evaluate or collect customer feedback on them. In other cases, the particular model may have very limited availability or be more expensive than our top picks.

BKT Agrimax V-Flecto

A VF radial tire to operate at 40% lower air pressure. We have had availability issues with this tire in the past. 

The BKT Agrimax V-Flecto is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • VF650/65R38 NRO 169D
  • VF710/70R38 181D
  • VF710/70 R42 185D
  • VF600/60 R30 158D
  • VF600/70 R30 NRO 168D

BKT Agrimax RT 765

Typically more expensive than other comparable options.

The BKT Agrimax RT 765 is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 710/70 R38 171D
  • 710/70 R42 173D & 176D

CEAT Farmax R70

The CEAT Farmax R70 is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 710/70R38 178D
  • 710/70R42 173D

CEAT Torquemax

The CEAT Torquemax is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • VF710/70R38 178D
  • VF710/70R42 185D
  • IF600/70R30 170D

Cultor RD-03

Generally more expensive than other comparable tires.

The Cultor RD-03 is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 650/65R38 166D
  • 710/70R38 166D

Firestone Radial 9000

Great tire, but can be expensive.

The Firestone Radial 9000 is available in the following size for sprayers:

  • 650/65R38 166D

Goodyear Optitorque

The Goodyear Optitorque is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 650/65R38 166D
  • VF650/65/R38 175D
  • 710/70R42 179D
  • VF480/80R50 179D
  • 480/80R50 159D
  • LSW710/65R46 188D
  • LSW800/55R46 190D

Michelin AxioBib 2

These tires pack Michelin’s latest Ultraflex VF tire technology.

The Michelin AxioBib 2 is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • VF710/70R42 182D
  • VF600/60R30 162D
  • VF600/70R30 168D

Michelin AxioBib

A more expensive option than our top picks. In the past, we have seen some sidewall bulging issues with this tire.

The Michelin AxioBib is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • IF650/65R38 169D
  • IF710/70R42 179D
  • IF600/70R30 159D

Michelin MachXBib

Great tire, but it is generally more expensive than our top picks.

The Michelin MachXBib is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 710/70R38 171D
  • 710/70R42 173D
  • 600/70R30 158D

Mitas AC65

This tire is generally more expensive than comparable options.

The Mitas AC65 is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 650/65R38 157D, 166D, 173D
  • 710/70R38 166D
  • 600/65R34 157D

Trelleborg TM800 High Speed

Great tire, but generally more expensive than other comparable tires.

The Trelleborg TM800 is available in the following sizes for sprayers:

  • 650/65R38 163D & 166D
  • 710/70R38 166D
  • 600/65R34 157D
  • 540/65R34 152D
  • 600/65R28 154D

Fight Compaction in 2022 & Beyond

As you’re considering upgrades to your equipment before spring arrives, be sure to evaluate your sprayer’s tires. Are you running narrow tires when you could be running floaters? Are the tires starting to crack or are they low on tread? It may be time to upgrade—especially if you want to steer clear of deep-soil compaction with your sprayer passes this year. Talk with an expert at NTS Tire Supply  to find the best sprayer flotation tires and drive your farm forward.

Posted 
January 31, 2022
 in 
Product Review
 category.

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