Putting the Farm on Rubber

 

Firestone has always meant more to farmers than just tires.

As a farmer himself, Harvey S. Firestone was always thinking of new ways to help them.

In the spring of 1932, Harvey Sr. first realized his ambition of “Putting the Farm on Rubber.” Combining the balloon tire principle of low pressure with wide surface and a chevron tread design, the Firestone Tire Company began production on the first pneumatic rubber tractor tire. The advantages in fuel economy, performance and driver comfort soon created a surge in demand.

In 1935, roughly 14% of tractors were sold with pneumatic tires. By 1950, it was hard to find a tractor that wasn’t on rubber.

Today, Firestone continues its mission of advancing technology and creating the best products available for agricultural applications. Every Firestone Ag tire is tested at our Farm Tire Test Center, located on Harvey Firestone’s original farmstead in Columbiana, Ohio. It’s the only agriculture tire test farm in the country, and has led us to our 23° tread bar design and AD2 technology.

Harvey Firestone founded the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1900. His ambition of “Putting the Farm on Rubber” was first realized in 1932.

The farm equipment of the day ran on metal wheels that offered little traction and constant vibration. It's no surprise that the transition from steel to rubber was a swift one.

Less than 20 years after Firestone introduced the first rubber farm tires, nearly all tractors in America were riding on rubber.