Most ag operations have high costs and expenses, and a large chunk of those expenses go towards machinery and their tires. The cost to own a piece of farm equipment is calculated in total cost of ownership, meaning it takes into account expenses like tires.
Being able to lower the total cost of ownership saves your ag operation money, sometimes significant amounts. One option is to protect your off-highway tires—or OHT—and lower the total cost of ownership, which saves money. Follow these tips for protecting your investment, offered by Alliance Tires America, Inc.
- Store your tires correctly. Keep them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Indoors is best. The best storage temperatures are between 30 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit; the rubber of the tires will be compromised by temperatures either above or below the optimal levels. Direct sunlight and intense artificial lights will also create cracking. If your tires must be stored outdoors, get them off the ground and completely covered in a heavy, opaque, water-proof tarp.
- Keep tires from being in contact with ozone. Ozone degrades tires, causing cracking. Your tires could be in contact with ozone from arc welding appliances, mercury lamps, electric motors and generators.
- Keep tires away from other damaging materials. Chemicals, petroleum-based products, gasoline and lubricants—including their vapors—can all degrade the rubber of your tires, causing them to fail. Putting tires up on pallets and away from harmful chemicals and compounds is always a good idea.
- Mend punctures and damages before storing, as the damaged areas can degrade faster and become unrepairable over time.
Saving ag operations time and money is what we at AgAmerica Lending are all about. We help agribusinesses to grow and develop. We offer low interest rates, long amortizations, and outstanding 10-year line of credit.
photo by Dan Davison