Tires for John Deere Tractors: tips of the trade


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Tires for John Deere 5000 series tractor

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Tires for John Deere Tractors



Tips for John Deere 5000 Series Tractor Tires




Choosing tires for a John Deere 5000 series tractor can be confusing. There are many different factors to consider. The John Deere Website has a lot of great information, and we thought this could be helpful for our customers. Here just a few things to consider when selecting tires for your tractor. Ken Jones Tires is here to answer all of your questions, so feel free to call anytime. We have a reputation for offering choices, and a large inventory in stock, to get you what you need quickly.  If you need to speak with a real person… just give us a call at 1-800-225-9153.

Tractor Tire Factors to Consider:

Tire size: Many different tire sizes are compatible with 5000 series tractors. Your John Deere operator’s manual will have specific information about proper tire sizes. When selecting a tire size you must remember that the diameter of the tire will affect the ground clearance, total height of the tractor, and the top speed of the tractor. You should also consider that changing the tire size will require the speedometer correction factor to be adjusted (if your tractor is equipped with a speedometer). If you plan to attach a backhoe, click here for important information about ground clearance.

MFWD ratio: If your tractor is equipped with four-wheel drive, it is important that the proper ratio is maintained between the front and rear drive wheels. Your owner’s manual contains information about the ratio of your particular tractor. Calculating the tire ratio also requires knowing the rolling circumference of the tire. This can be found in a tire manual, available from the tire manufacturer. Your John Deere dealer or tire supplier should be able to assist with the calculations. For more information about MFWD ratios, click here.

Metric tire sizes: Many tire manufacturers now rate tires in metric sizes. Metric tires are generally in the format 520/85R42 158 A8 R1, where:

520 = tire width (mm)
85 = aspect ratio
R = Radial construction
42 = Rim diameter (inches)
158 = load index
A8 = speed symbol
R1 = traction designation

For more information on metric tire sizes, click here, or click here for our tractor tire size conversion chart.

Tread width: Most John Deere 5000 series tractors are equipped with either two-position or multi-position wheels. This allows the wheel spacing, or tread width, to be adjusted for different applications. For instance, in applications where stability is a major concern, the tread width should be set as wide as possible. In many cases, adjusting the tread width requires reversing the rim (exchanging wheels side for side), adding wheel spacers, or adjusting the axles. Your owner’s manual contains specific instructions about the wheel spacing options for your particular tractor.

Proper tire pressure: It is important to maintain the proper air pressure in your tractor tires. Proper tire pressure varies based on tire size and type. See the “Tire Inflation Pressure Chart” in your owner’s manual to determine the proper inflation pressure. If your tires contain liquid ballast, be sure to check tire pressure with the valve stem near the bottom of the tire and use a special air-water pressure gage.

Liquid Ballast: Liquid ballast can be added to tractor tires as an easy way to add a substantial amount of weight to a tractor. Ballast is important in maintaining stability for a variety of applications. Water and calcium chloride mixtures are the most common liquid ballast. For more information on liquid ballast, see your operator’s manual, or click here. It is important to note that liquid ballast is only one type of ballast. Your John Deere dealer is the best resource to determine a complete ballast package for your application, which may also include cast iron “suitcase” weights, wheel weights, or a three-point ballast box. For information on ballasting for loaders, click here.
Approved tires for loaders: Adding a loader increases a significant amount of weight on the front wheels. Large wheels can also interfere with loader booms in their lowest position. John Deere has an approved list of tires for use with front end loaders. For a list of approved tires with 542/522 Loaders, click here. For loader/tire compatibility with all other loaders, see the loader operator’s manual.

John Deere Equipment that applies to this post:

5103 Tractor 5105 Tractor
5200 Tractor 5203 Tractor
5205 Tractor 5210 Tractor
5220 Tractor 5225 Tractor
5300 Tractor 5303 Tractor
5310 Tractor 5310N Narrow Tractor
5320 Tractor 5320N Narrow Tractor
5325 Tractor 5325N Narrow Tractor
5400 Tractor 5403 Tractor
5410 Tractor 5420 Tractor
5420N Narrow Tractor 5425 Tractor
5425N Narrow Tractor 5500 Tractor
5500N Narrow Tractor 5510 Tractor
5510N Narrow Tractor 5520 Tractor
5520N Narrow Tractor 5525 Tractor
5525H High Crop Tractor 5525N Narrow Tractor
5603 Tractor

Where to Buy Replacement Tires for your John Deere Tractor

Ken Jones Tires has the largest selection of tractor tire brands and sizes for your John Deere Equipment. If you are looking for a real person to answer all of your questions, we are the tire company for you!

Call 1-800-225-9513 or email us.

To buy tires for John Deere Tractors online, visit our website.

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Tires for John Deere 5000 series tractor. Tips of the trade to help you find the right tires for your John Deere Tractors. Ken Jones Tires offers excellent product support and fast shipping. Call 1-800-225-9513.

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