Agricultural Sector | Alignment reduces costs


Only the tyres come into contact with the under-surface. Due to their traction, they convert the engine's power into forward motion and allow the tractor to be steered. That is why the right tyre must be selected for specific purposes. But alignment is of equal importance. It allows costs to be reduced and means tyres eventually offer more operating hours.

Tractors are becoming larger and heavier. That is why tyres are subject to ever stricter requirements. Effective alignment is more important than ever if you want to maximise life-span as well as driving comfort. In addition, alignment also pays for itself from a financial perspective. Alignment is particularly important for front tyres because that's where the biggest savings can be made.

Reduce costs

Tractors are used under sever conditions. That is why they should be aligned on a regular basis. This allows you to manage (tyre) wear & tear as well as fuel consumption. If, for example, the front tyres are subject to excess toe-in, the inner ridge will wear out faster than the outer ridge. The opposite will happen if there is excess toe-out. But both go hand in hand with unnecessary costs. Even if the slightest alignment issue can be prevented or corrected, this will have a positive impact on fuel consumption and tyre wear & tear.

Specific requirements

Agricultural tyres are used in various conditions. If tyres are carefully selected, they will offer excellent tractive power. And profile properties can be fully exploited if tyres are correctly aligned. In addition, if front and back wheels are aligned and an appropriate toe setting is adopted, it is easy to reduce fuel consumption as well as wear & tear. Toe-out of 10 millimetres could lead to additional costs amounting to thousands of euros per year, particularly if tractors drive on hardened surfaces.

Modern alignment

Professional alignment using laser equipment, as carried out by specialists at Heuver, may sound expensive. However, it means expensive new tyres will be needed less often. An appropriate configuration leads higher operating hours and lower fuel consumption, which helps to improve cost-efficiency. When buying new tractors, you should also check whether they have been correctly aligned before use. This is not always the case.

Benefits

Benefits of correctly aligned agricultural vehicles:

  • equal tyre wear & tear;
  • lower fuel consumption;
  • more hp's for work purposes;
  • less wear & tear on steering ball joints;
  • less wear & tear on wheel bearings;
  • lower engine load;
  • improved driving conditions;
  • lower operating costs.

Conclusion

Tyres play a major role in overall operating costs. Therefore, the higher the efficiency, the lower the costs. However, this efficiency will be determined by day-to-day use. It is thus important to check alignment at least once a year. Correctly aligned and mounted tyres – with appropriate pressure - play a major role when improving efficiency. They last longer, reduce fuel consumption and also improve safety.