Crossply false economy?
THOSE who replace worn tractor tyres with crossplies – rather than radials – could be wasting an opportunity to improve the tractors performance and economy, warns Michelins regional farm tyre specialist, Robin Audaer.
Radials, he claims, being more supple and capable of carrying loads at lower inflation pressures results in reduced soil compaction, longer life and improved fuel economy, advantages that outweigh the normally lower cost of a crossply.
"Yet nearly half the replacement tyres bought for tractors are crossply," he says. "That is probably because they are cheaper to begin with. But, taking the longer wear and improved performance into account, radials are undoubtedly better value in the long-run." *