Tractor Wheels

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Knoxguy, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. Knoxguy

    Knoxguy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2011
    Hi Folks,

    I recently acquired a tractor that has substandard wheels (6"x1") which makes it very difficult to move around.

    I'm trying to remember high school physics and want to add a larger diameter wheel so that it rolls easier. Maybe wider too?

    Any thoughts??
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Is your problem more that the ground is not level or is the wheel sinking into the ground because the ground is soft? A larger diameter wheel will help more if the ground is not level. It should require less force to move it forward too because of the lever arm effect, at least as far as breaking it loose and getting it rolling. Once it is moving I’m not sure it matters since you are pulling it.

    A wider tire will help more if the ground is soft. That will put more surface area in contact with the ground so it doesn’t sink as deep. A pneumatic tire instead of a solid hard tire will also give you more area in contact with the ground, keeping it from sinking quite so deep, because it will squash down some.

    I’m not sure how your tires are attached. If they are permanently attached larger diameter tire may raise the tractor higher off the ground and give predators a chance to get under the tractor. Could be a security risk.
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    As usual, excellent assessment Ridgerunner!
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you have a harbor freight in your area you can get some decent tires on the cheap, especially with their 20% off coupon....

    Something like the 10" pneumatic for $5.99 would be a big improvement for the reasons Ridgerunner said as long as you can mount them properly...
  6. Knoxguy

    Knoxguy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2011
    Thnx for the feedback! I installed another wheel on the opposite side, or in tandem if you will, from the other. It increased the "footprint" and prevents it from getting bogged down in soft ground and enables it to move easier by increasing its wheel-base. So far it works better. Time will tell. Next step is go to a larger pneumatic tire.

    Thnx for the help friends.

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