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Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ?

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Billy NY
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:09 am    Post subject: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have seen some interesting old tire patterns here and there, but thought it might be an interesting and informative question I don't recall seeing here before.

How many kinds of different tractor rear or front, antique or modern tires are there and whats the use or preference for use ?

Feel free to post images or what have you.

The one that comes to mind is like on this old JD LI I found in '09, wish I could have gotten it bought, but could not, the tires were lugged, at an angle and a little curve to the lug, and all the lugs were connected, what was the purpose of those ? (I had a darned photo of the LI, but the phone was "laundered briefly and dried completely, but never came back on, had a few good shots on that one !)
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:19 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This old Firestone pattern was popular in its day for some reason. I can tell you this,at parade speed on asphalt they rode rough as a cob.

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That particular Firestone pattern came along in the late '40s...before that, the lugs were straight and connected.

We had those on our '49 JD 'A'. For no good reason I can think of, I didn't think they held the ground as well as the open-tread Goodyears.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've been told by pullers that they aren't worth a darned. I never took a pair out in the field and worked them. That tractor is just a chore tractor,used around the yard feeding cattle.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:15 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Its kind of hard to tell at an angle but those look like rice and cane tread, also used in the woods on log skidding tractors.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had tires like that on my JD B when i got it, they worked ok fitting but could spin easy on wet grass
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:59 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My dad"s "47 JD B came with similar tread - Firestone, if I remember. Think they were OK, when they wore out, he put a conventional tread on, probably that was what was available.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:18 am    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Similar to rice and cane,but the tread wasn't as deep.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Grandpa always said they were good for winter because the chains wouldn't fall down between the space in the center of the open style of tire.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

And NO good on a grass field. BTDT
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree with Stan, Firestones from mid 40's. Earlier Firestones had straight lugs, closed center.
Big debate at the time was whether the closed center, or open center such as Good Year pulled better.
B.F. Goodrich had open centers, but the end of lug looked like a check mark.
Rice tires would have lugs a lot taller than these.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My 39 F20 has the closed center firestones.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My Dad's C had the closed center Firestones. He said they were useless in mud or any wet surface and only good thing was for chains in the winter. When he traded C for SC he insisted on Goodyear open centers.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That BFG was called a Super High Cleat. Had them on my first C Allis in the late 50s.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We had a Case SC that had those BFG Silvertowns on it.
 
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