Choosing Radial Over Bias for Your Tractor
Choosing the right tire for your tractor will help make sure they operate according to your goals. Both Radial and Bias types have air inside, but their construction is ultimately very different. Inside Radial tires, the tread and sidewall work independently. Bias tires, by contrast, are made with layers of rubber which makes them sturdier, compared to the flexibility of Radial construction. Radial tires are more common today as they have benefits that prove useful, including reduced soil compaction while also providing higher traction. In this article, we will compare Radial vs. Bias tires for your tractor applications.
Bias tires have been used for a very long time, since the transition from metal wheels. These tires are made from layers of rubber placed in a diagonal pattern. The sidewall and tread function together as a single construction. Due to the rubber and placement, Bias tires are very strong. They can withstand tough environments with rocks and uneven terrain. Their stiffness also makes them the preferred choice for work on hills, as many farmers find them to be more stable. The trade-off is that the stiffness makes the ride of the vehicle bumpier. This is one of the main downsides of Bias tires; with a smaller footprint, they also tend to have less traction than Radial tires with higher wheel slip.
This is the most popular option with a two-part construction that allows the sidewall and tread to function separately. As the sidewall moves the wear does not transfer to the tread, allowing up to 3 times the lifespan of a Bias tire tread. There is a larger footprint that increases traction as more weight is distributed throughout the tires. Radials will provide less yield loss and less soil compaction. The rider’s experience on Radial tires is much more smooth and more stable compared to Bias tires. As the footprint increases with more weight, Radial tires can carry higher load capacities. The main downside to Radial tires is the higher price tag, although the higher cost is reflected in better fuel savings in the long run from the higher traction and less slip, as well as construction that ensures longer lasting tires.
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