Water in tractor tires

Lalli1050

Member
Mixed Farmer
I am now thinking of putting water in my MF 5450 because we recently bought a mower and it's way to heavy. But I have 2 questions, can I put water in only 1 tire so I can keep the cost down and also If I can just mix salt and water together so I don't have to buy antifreeze or calcium chloride 😀 all answers are appreciated. PS in sorry for my terrible english 😀
 

Tractortech

Member
Location
Cumbria
Now Then..
It depends what degree of frost you expect to have. I've done tubeless tyres with salt and water. Sometimes with antifreeze but at a very diluted rate, like 20 litres per rear wheel.
Just one tyre full of water will be awful when the mower is off. Can you not buy some wheel weights?? Front weights would help. Also try to move the mower so it cuts closer to the tractor..
 

Lalli1050

Member
Mixed Farmer
Now Then..
It depends what degree of frost you expect to have. I've done tubeless tyres with salt and water. Sometimes with antifreeze but at a very diluted rate, like 20 litres per rear wheel.
Just one tyre full of water will be awful when the mower is off. Can you not buy some wheel weights?? Front weights would help. Also try to move the mower so it cuts closer to the tractor..
We never get more then minus 10 degrees celsius and most winters it doesn't even down more then 6-8 degrees celsius. And honestly I haven't even considerd wheel weights yet because I have just heard many guys putting water in there tires but obviously it would be best to just buy wheel weights. And I was also planning on buying some weight brackets in the front to
 

john432

Member
Location
Carmarthenshire
Just put the water in the tyres when you need it, and drain it out afterwards. The ballasting valves are cheap enough on eBay etc. They work well, just connect to a water hose and leave for a few hours to fill, connect to an airline, regulated to say 15 psi and it will drain the tyre over night.
 

David Bliss

Member
Arable Farmer
Used to alway used salt to ballast tyres but never after getting punctures as unless you get a large leak the small ones don't show and when you do have to repair the rims may be very rusty, use ballast weights, if you have used salt wash the tubes out well after, its put the valve to the bottom, best jacked up, let most of the air out, thread a tube small enough to go through valve and this will get all of remaining water out.
We once had our wheel salt ballasted, but they had been over filled with the salt so water was fully saturated and a bucket full of salt crystals sliding round wore through the tube.
 

john432

Member
Location
Carmarthenshire
My experience is that once ballasted it doesn't half make the tractor lethargic.. one heck of a drag ,noticeable on road work. And very rough, with only about a quarter of the volume available for air, it looses the cushioning effect..hence my opinion, fill with just water when needed, and drain afterwards...
 

Timbo

Member
Location
Gods County
My experience is that once ballasted it doesn't half make the tractor lethargic.. one heck of a drag ,noticeable on road work. And very rough, with only about a quarter of the volume available for air, it looses the cushioning effect..hence my opinion, fill with just water when needed, and drain afterwards...

Its the friction of the water resisting movement on the inside of the wheel..until youve travelled enough to get the water spinning in unison, then it has to be disapaited by the brakes when you slow down. Like having a trailer of corn permanantly on the back.
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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