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Trading manure spreaders.... had a good plan, but....
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Posted 1/14/2022 13:51 (#9439795 - in reply to #9439572)
Subject: RE: Trading manure spreaders.... had a good plan, but....


I am not a fan of truck tires since they need to run higher pressures to keep the bead seated, but I really hate the 16.1 floatation tires because they are expensive and hard to find.  My current spreader has 385/65R22.5 truck tires on in, but if I were to order a new one I would want radial implement tires.  As these truck tires wear out I plan to replace them with VF385/65R22.5 radial implements so I can drop my pressure from 60psi to 38psi for a better ride.  The radial implements will likely cost $2-300 more than used truck tires but should last longer since they will be new vs 3-5 years old too.

With VF385/65R22.5 or VF445/65R22.5 radial implement tires I see a several benefits:

  • a used truck tire will fit as a spare
  • tires are rated for higher speed (40mph vs 25mph) so work with higher speed tractors on road
  • spreader is narrower which makes easier loading with skid loader, 2-4" narrower than 19L-16.1
  • inflation pressures are similar or slight lower for the same load, compaction is similar or less
    • 19L-16.1             30mph / 36psi / 6600#
    • VF385/65R22.5  40mph / 38psi / 6600#
    • VF445/65R22.5  40mph / 35psi / 7850#
  • 19L-16.1 tires are expensive and hard to get (my cost from wholesaler is $5-600 per tire and none in stock)
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