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#1 Vol

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 09:15 AM

A great read from the University of Missouri. We have pinned this article so that we can always use it for a quick reference.

 

Regards, Mike

 

pdficon_small.gifDownload a free PDF of this publication (297KB).

 

 

 

Edit: Added on 3/3/2017

Videos on tractor ballast management.

http://blog.machinef...ctor-ballasting


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#2 GawasFarm

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:15 PM

I am just wondering how people adjust tire pressure when they have their tires loaded?



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Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:16 AM

I am just wondering how people adjust tire pressure when they have their tires loaded?


With the stem at the top.
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Posted 30 January 2014 - 06:03 AM

Good read!  Thanks. 

 

But I wonder how many people just run-what-they-brung because they are in a big rush to get the job done?

 

Ralph

Many people don't take the time to do it right the first time, but they always have time to do it over.


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Posted 30 January 2014 - 10:06 AM

I am just wondering how people adjust tire pressure when they have their tires loaded?

There is also a tire gauge that will work with the water.

 

http://www.tractorsu...-gauge-5-50-psi


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Posted 03 February 2014 - 12:35 AM

My tires are filled with the beet juice forget the name of it (Was actually cheaper then calcium HERE) I just remember the guy fiddling with it and the liquid coming out but I guess bubbles did as well which would make sense with the valve at the top.

 

It was a great article but makes me think I need better access to a set of scales so you can calibrate equipment a little better. I know I run near max on my tractor but it is also my loader tractor and it does see some loads!


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 01:13 PM

New pair of Firestone radials 18.4 x 38 mounted on the tractor at the farm$2400
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Posted 16 March 2015 - 05:01 PM

My tires are filled with the beet juice forget the name of it (Was actually cheaper then calcium HERE) I just remember the guy fiddling with it and the liquid coming out but I guess bubbles did as well which would make sense with the valve at the top.

 

It was a great article but makes me think I need better access to a set of scales so you can calibrate equipment a little better. I know I run near max on my tractor but it is also my loader tractor and it does see some loads!

Yeah its called Rim Guard.

Wait till you get a flat, then tell me if you still like it.

Makes a big freakin mess. Usually you don't know until a few gallons have leaked out. 

 

My new (used) 9540 came with filled rear tires. I don't know what it is, but its clear, thinner than water, doesn't have any smell, and does not freeze. 

I think its some kind of alcohol, or alcohol water mix, but I don't know. 

I just don't want any rusted rims. 



#9 10ecDirtfarmer

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 12:23 PM

With the stem at the top.

I've got 4 different tractors w/manuals, And only 1 manual says "check tyre pressure with the valve down" (18 year old CaseIH 5240). Its a 38 incher, and I've checked both ways,  2 - 3 psi more @ bottom., I guess the weight of the ballast does it.

Dazed & Confused

 

BTW the other manuals say nothing about the valve stem, up down???



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Posted 31 August 2020 - 09:52 PM

Hydrostatic is calculated with weight (ppg) X depth (feet) X .052 = hydrostatic pressure in psi 8.34 X 100' X.052 =43.368 psi That is 100' of freshwater. that would be the change in pressure from the valve stem up or down not the total weight of the fluid.


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