Firestone’s 7-step tire checklist for planting season
When Mother Nature only gives you a few days to get your fields planted, you need to keep your equipment moving. Downtime is expensive; delayed planting can cost hundreds of dollars an hour. To help prevent downtime and get the most out of your Firestone tires, check them regularly using these 7 simple steps:
- Check tire pressure with a calibrated gauge and set the inflation pressure using the inflation calculator as a guide.
- Check tire sidewalls for cracks, cuts, and other damage.
- Check tire treads and consider replacing if there is less than 20 percent left.
- Check tire tread areas for stubble damage and exposed cords and replace tires with obvious damage.
- Check ground contact area to make sure there is no gap between the lugs and the ground.
- Check valve stems for cracks, corrosion, and debris. Make sure valve caps are clean and intact.
- Check all nuts and bolts to ensure they are tightened properly.