THE FIRESTONE 7-STEP TIRE CHECK

When Mother Nature only gives you a few days to get your fields planted, you need to keep your equipment moving. Downtime is expensive; delayed planting can cost as much as $570 per hour*. To help prevent downtime and get the most out of your Firestone tires, check them regularly using these :

  1. Check tire pressure with a calibrated gauge and set the inflation pressure using the as a guide.
  2. Check tire sidewalls for cracks, cuts, and other damage.
  3. Check tire treads and consider replacing if there is less than 20 percent left.
  4. Check tire tread areas for stubble damage and exposed cords and replace tires with obvious damage.
  5. Check ground contact area to make sure there is no gap between the lugs and the ground.
  6. Check valve stems for cracks, corrosion, and debris. Make sure valve caps are clean and intact.
  7. Check all nuts and bolts to ensure they are tightened properly.

*The $570/hour figure is based on the following common industry assumptions: 16-row planter, planting at 30 inches, planting at 5 miles per hour, and field efficiency of 80%. The price of corn was averaged to be $3.35/bu., and the yield was taken from 2017 USDA reports of 176 bu/ac. Yield loss from delayed planting was taken from DuPont Pioneer’s Planting Outcome Effects on Corn Yield study.

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