2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Easy Way To Balance Tire PressureSteven Liss knows that balancing tire pressure between rear wheels is vital for tractor pulling. It’s also a good idea for extending tire life and reducing slippage in the field.
“Having balanced tire pressure in both rear wheels is critical when pulling,” says Liss. “You want the wheels to break loose together. If one has higher pressure, it will break loose first. If they’re exactly the same, they tend to spin at the same time. The same will be true when doing heavy field work.”
Liss notes that it’s hard to get two tires exactly the same using a gauge. This is especially true with low pressures. He competes in the antique tractor class with a 1936 Deere A with only 6 lbs. pressure in each tire. He has a simple technique to balance pressure.
“I have a tire hose with air chucks designed to clip onto tire valve stems,” explains Liss. “When I run a hose between both rear tires, they balance themselves. I keep several sets of short hoses around the shop with quick connect chucks on them. I can hook to rears or fronts and balance them out fast.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steven Liss, 14121 S. Hwy 97, Harrison, Idaho 83833 (ph 208 765-3131).
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