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Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ?

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Billy NY

03-09-2013 09:09:11




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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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Diydave

03-09-2013 18:38:43




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to Billy NY, 03-09-2013 09:09:11  
Go to M.E. Miller's catalog or web site, some oddballs are still on the market.



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jimb2

03-09-2013 14:48:21




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to Billy NY, 03-09-2013 09:09:11  
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.

JimB2



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gene bender

03-10-2013 07:27:13




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to jimb2, 03-09-2013 14:48:21  
When new they were abvertised as field and road as the closed center was to make them last forever but like other post said they were worthlss in mud and snow. The new B in Aug 47 came with them and after first snow chains were the normal now they are collectable and pretty when restored on an old tractor.



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Old weldor

03-09-2013 14:01:26




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to Billy NY, 03-09-2013 09:09:11  
My 39 F20 has the closed center firestones.



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willie in mn

03-09-2013 13:47:44




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to Billy NY, 03-09-2013 09:09:11  
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.
Willie



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rrlund

03-09-2013 17:22:22




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to willie in mn, 03-09-2013 13:47:44  
We had a Case SC that had those BFG Silvertowns on it.



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JMS/.MN

03-09-2013 17:09:15




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to willie in mn, 03-09-2013 13:47:44  
That BFG was called a Super High Cleat. Had them on my first C Allis in the late 50s.



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JD John

03-09-2013 12:24:17




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to Billy NY, 03-09-2013 09:09:11  
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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BSpauld

03-09-2013 10:58:35




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to Billy NY, 03-09-2013 09:09:11  
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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rrlund

03-09-2013 09:19:25




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to Billy NY, 03-09-2013 09:09:11  

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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Diydave

03-09-2013 18:37:21




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to rrlund, 03-09-2013 09:19:25  
We always called that tire a rice tire. I think they were used in the rice and cane fields in the south, but I see them on B's and C's Allis-Chalmers, a lot!



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Dick W.

03-09-2013 13:42:12




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to rrlund, 03-09-2013 09:19:25  
And NO good on a grass field. BTDT



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RayP(MI)

03-09-2013 10:59:00




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to rrlund, 03-09-2013 09:19:25  
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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LAA

03-09-2013 10:15:07




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to rrlund, 03-09-2013 09:19:25  
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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rrlund

03-09-2013 11:18:17




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to LAA, 03-09-2013 10:15:07  
Similar to rice and cane,but the tread wasn't as deep.



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Stan - Florida

03-09-2013 09:24:24




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to rrlund, 03-09-2013 09:19:25  
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.

Stan



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rrlund

03-09-2013 09:41:43




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 Re: Tractor Tire Types- how many are there and uses ? in reply to Stan - Florida, 03-09-2013 09:24:24  
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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