What you need to know about tractor tires: construction, farm, and turf

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Tractor tire information

The information you need to find out what type of tire you have is on the side of your tire. Check the tire wall for the necessary information. You should find the following there:

  • The size of the tire.
  • The size of the rim.
  • The overall diameter.
  • The maximum load the tire can handle.
  • The type of the tire (radial or bias)

The following is an example of how to read your tractor tire.

tractor tire size

In the above picture, 14.9″ is the width of the tire, and 24″ is the diameter of the rim. In this example is also shows that this particular tractor can use 13″ wide tires on a 24″ rim. Keep in mind that your tire may not look exactly like this. For more information on agriculture tires (and how to read the other style) check the Michelin Agriculture site.

If you are more visual, here is a video.

Click here if you can’t see the video.

One particular thing to note, is whether to buy radial or a bias tire. Radial tires tend to have better traction than traditional bias tires, but that extra traction comes with a price. Take that into consideration when you are buying tires.

Farm tires (R1 agricultural)

These are your typical tractor tires that you find on most tractors. They are the most aggressive tire you can get for your tractor. They are ideal for muddy conditions.

Because they are very aggressive tires, they are idea for field work. They’ll get you through all the but the muddiest conditions.

You get the most torque out of these tires especially if they are radial tires.

Turf tires (R3 turf)

Turf tires are very common. You’ll see them on the golf course, in back yard, and just about everywhere.

You use them to avoid damaging the grass. They won’t leave imprints from their tread like a farm tire. They help to distribute weight evenly without making impressions.

Turf tires don’t offer as much torque power, and will slip in wet conditions. If you use turf tires, it is best to use them in dry conditions.

Construction tires (R4 tires less aggressive)

Construction tractor tires are a bit harder material than your typical agricultural tire. The idea behind this type of tire is to give a tractor a bit of traction on a construction site.

They can handle high weights and pavement. They are ideal first such construction equipment as a forklift.

Used tractor tires prices

What to look for when buying

Generally, it’s not a good idea to buy used tractor tires if you’re going to use a tractor regularly. The reason why it’s important not to buy used, is because you’ll put a lot of hours on the tires, and if they have cracks or heavy tire wear they aren’t going to work optimally.

One situation when buying used tires okay, is when you’re buying them to put dualies on. But it’s still a good idea to have tires of the same quality.

Used tires tend are a lot cheaper than brand-new, but they aren’t always the best choice. If you do decide to buy used tractor tires, check out the best used farm equipment websites.

Generally, a used tire can cost you around $300. If you’re going to sell the tractor you’re putting the tire on, then buying a used tires is okay. But if it’s going to be your main tractor, I suggest buying new tires.

Things to look for if you do buy used tractor tires:

  • Tread left.
  • Weather checking.
    • Tire wear.
    • Cracking.
  • Ok for duals.
  • How much money.
  • What you want to do with the tractor.

New tires

When buying new  tires consider carefully what you’re going to use the tractor for. If you’re going to be doing a lot of fieldwork, consider tires that will do well in the field. Make sure to check the size of the tire as well as the size of the rim.

New tires are more expensive and can cost upwards of $1000. Just remember how many hours you’re going to put into your tractor, and remember it’s all worth it.

Where to buy tractor tires ?

There are a few options available to you if you want to buy tractor tires.

First, you can check out Kijiji or Craigslist to see if anyone in your area is looking to sell their used tires.

Second, you can buy tractors online from places like Tires-Easy.com have a decent choice.

Final thoughts

There are many types of tires that you can buy. Consider carefully what you’re going to use your tractor for, and decide what type of tire is best for you.

If you aren’t sure, talk to your local tire experts. I only talked about tractor tires here, and not tires for other farm equipment.


  1. Thanks for this! I’ve seen a lot of hypothetical “if I owned a tractor, I think this would be good” kinds of posts on the internet, but yours was the first I’ve found that gave definite answers. I know that for truck tires, there’s the “coin test” to figure out how much tread is left on the tires. Is there any kind of test for determining whether a used tire has too little tread left? I’d love to know whether I have to replace just yet. Thanks for sharing!

  2. hi!
    Properly maintained commercial truck tires aren’t just a matter of safety and fuel economy (although that should be enough reason for any owner/operator or fleet manager); it’s a matter of federal regulation.

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