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#1 1978murray OFFLINE  

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Posted November 19, 2011 - 08:07 AM

im just woundering y some people put there ag tires on backwards.
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Posted November 19, 2011 - 08:26 AM

Never noticed it. I think on " ground engaging equipment " manure spreaders , and things like that they put them on backwards for driving the equipment but good question why on a tractors , Al

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Posted November 19, 2011 - 08:47 AM

That's a good question, I would think conventional would give best traction going forward and reversed would give better traction in reverse.
There might be some advantage on a loader tractor when the loaded bucket would take weight off the drive wheels?
Dad had the tires set up conventionally on his 310 Case Utility with the shuttle box shift(forward and reverse in every gear). That had a Snow bucket that was proportionally WAY oversize for the tractor. And was way light on the rear wheels. Reversed tires might have been a help? I've sometimes wondered if the straighter bars of loader tires were now commonly used on tractors these days for that reason?
Of all the tractors I have run over the years that 310 Case was my favorite and would buy one in a heartbeat.

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Posted November 19, 2011 - 09:20 AM

Because of the directional grip of ag (bar lug), on 2WD with front ags, you are supposed to turn them "backwards" for best steering traction in forward motion, if 4WD, fronts would go on as normal. On the rear, when doing primarily reverse pushing, you would also want them reversed for best traction. I have ags on the front of my 2WD loader tractor, but I have them in normal direction & have adequate steering traction, but then I have all that weight pushing down while using the FEL.

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Posted November 19, 2011 - 09:34 AM

When I had a loader tractor with front wheel assist, I put the front tires on backwards and it made a big difference when backing up with the loader full.

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Posted November 19, 2011 - 10:17 AM

We put them on backwards when pulling on blacktop or concrete.
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Posted November 19, 2011 - 10:24 AM

On big tractors, if you do a lot of driving on pavement such as tractor cruises, the tires wear a lot longer running backwards.

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Posted November 19, 2011 - 10:33 AM

Besides the uses listed here for runing ag treads backwards I know of one farmer who farmed on very sandy land that ran his farm tractors with the rear tires reversed. His reasoning was that the tires running the normal way are meant to dig into the soil for a better grip. On his very loose sandy soil he ran them backwards so the bar lugs would tend to gather the soil under the tread instead of digging down and him getting stuck in the field. He ran his tractors and combine that way and I guess it worked for him.
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Posted November 19, 2011 - 11:44 AM

I have seen running backwards because the owner didn't know any different. If you look from the the tires look like they are on backwards to some people.

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Posted November 19, 2011 - 01:38 PM

in our area the tractor riders, reverse them because it makes the tractor ride smoother and dont have the bobble effect at high speeds.

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Posted November 21, 2011 - 10:24 AM

They were backwards on the 6x6 amphibious ATV i used to have, That is what allowed it to swim, the bars became paddle wheels.


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Posted November 21, 2011 - 10:53 AM

Besides the uses listed here for runing ag treads backwards I know of one farmer who farmed on very sandy land that ran his farm tractors with the rear tires reversed. His reasoning was that the tires running the normal way are meant to dig into the soil for a better grip. On his very loose sandy soil he ran them backwards so the bar lugs would tend to gather the soil under the tread instead of digging down and him getting stuck in the field. He ran his tractors and combine that way and I guess it worked for him.

That does make sense. Come to think of it Derlyn Lester ran his backwards and his whole farm was a sandhill.




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