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How to Select Tires for Your Tractor

Posted by on 6/23/2014 to Farm and Tractor

Finding the right tire for your tractor

When looking for tractor tires, you will find that many different options are available. This can make your tire buying decision more challenging. In order to make your tire buying easier, it is a good idea to know what options are available and which tire is right for your equipment and application. Finding the right tractor tire the first time, will save you both time and money.

Types of tractor tires:

There are 3 main types of tractor tires, these are turf (R-3), construction (R-4), and agricultural (R-1). They range in functionality and have specific features to handle a variety of tasks.

Farm Tractor

Turf Tire


Turf tires are the least aggressive and are designed for use on grass, turf and fields. These tires are primarily used for mowing and can often be found on landscaping equipment, golf courses and cemeteries.  If the majority of the tire your equipment is used for mowing, this is the tire for you.

Construction Tire


Construction tires are often called R-4 tires and are designed for equipment used on hard surfaces.  The rubber compound on these tires is made of harder materials designed to resist wear on asphalt, concrete and gravel. Many of these tires feature a wider contact patch which spreads out the load. This may reduce traction slightly, so these tires are best used on dry surfaces like construction sites, parking lots and material loading.

Agricultural Tire


The agricultural trad is the most aggressive of these tires and was designed use in fields where soil may be soft of loose. Featuring large tread bars called lugs, these tires dig into soft soil for excellent traction. They can also be used on snow removal, muddy areas and other farm applications.



No matter which tire is right for your tractor or application, it is always important to know your size, ply rating and how you plan to use the equipment. Finding the right tire for your job will ensure positive results and reduced downtime.

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