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Radial vs Bias Pivot Tires

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In the irrigation world, there are some choices that need to be made when choosing what tire is the correct fit for your pivot and land.

Before we dive into the advantages and disadvantages of each tire type, it’s important to understand exactly what bias ply and radial means. They two types of tires are constructed extremely different.

A radial tire has cords that run straight across to each bead, perpendicular to the tread face, rather than running at an angle. There are additional plies that run at an angle within the tread face of the tire only, so a radial tire might only have two layers within the sidewall but five or more in the tread face. Radial tires also usually have steel cords. A radial’s construction means it’s usually tough on the tread face but more vulnerable to impact breaks in the sidewall.

With a bias-ply tire, the individual cords that make up each ply or layer within the carcass of the tire run at an angle across the body of the tire from one bead to another. Additional plies within the tire run at opposing angle. The cords that make up the plies in a bias-ply tire are often made of nylon, rayon, polyester, or some other non-metallic material. There are typically multiple layers within the bias ply tire, but the number of plies in the tread face is usually the same as the number of plies in the sidewall. The number of plies will have an impact on the load-carrying capacity of the tire as well as its resistance to impact breaks.

With the basic understanding of bias and radial construction, we can look at situations where each type of tire has an advantage.

Radial Pivot Tires Advantages

Due to the wide, flat profile, the wheel tracks left by radial tires are much easier for tractors and other equipment to drive over.
Radials generally run at much lower air pressure (15-17 psi) than bias ply pivot tires. They can do this because they have strong, flexible sidewalls, they can support the load of the pivot at lower air pressures. This allows more contact area and increased traction in fields that have difficult conditions for the pivot to climb.
Radial tires provide a very smooth tracking and rolling characteristics of a pivot tracking option, leading to less torque being transmitted back into your pivot driveline and tower span structures.
With rugged construction, radials are about 80 percent more resistant to cuts and penetrations.
If a tread face or puncture does occur, a radial tire is much more likely to be repaired and put back into service.
Radials have a much tighter bead to the rim, which reduces the change for “pinch flats” and loss of the bead/rim seal in difficult terrain.

Bias Ply Tires Advantages

Due to their multiple layers, bias ply tires generally have the advantage when it comes to load-carrying capacity. There are a uniform number of plies to support the weight of a pivot in both the tread face and the sidewall.
Bias ply tires can handle a lot of off-road abuse. Sidewall failures are much more common on radials in an off-road environment, puncture resistance is one of the biggest reasons that bias ply tires are the standard in agricultural, industrial, and slow-speed off-road applications.
A puncture with a bias ply tire will most likely stay small, so it can be temporarily repaired with plugs out in the woods until a proper repair can be made. These tears can happen in the tread face as well, rendering a radial tire unrepairable when a bias ply could be repaired and returned to service.
Bias ply tire construction also makes them better suited to more aggressive treads with wider voids between tread blocks, and these tread patterns can clean themselves out more easily than more tightly packed tread patterns with lugs closer together.

Both tires have their strengths and their weakness in other areas. But depending on the type of terrain that your pivot will be running on or the type of job you will be asking the tire to complete your choice may be very tuned in to one type over another. While there is no right or wrong answer to the radial vs. bias ply question, hopefully now there’s a better understanding of where each type of tire performs better so that consumers can make more educated buying decisions.

Ask your neighbor. 

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In light of the holiday season that is quickly approaching the team at Irrigation Listings and I would like to take a short break from the Irrigation industry and focus on an issue that is becoming larger.

In today’s world, it is pretty easy to develop a mono-focus where you only focus on issues that directly affect you. We see cries for help all around us from a personality that might not be as bright to a post of social media from our peers.

But when do you make a move and reach out a helping hand to a friend, a neighbor, or a coworker?

Everyone has their own personal issues that they have to overcome but having someone checking in on them or simply ask how they are can make the world of difference. The United States has recently seen increases in the number of suicides that are committed.

Though these numbers don’t break down to an industry that’s most affected. We do know some signs that show an individual is becoming depressed or many begin have suicidal thoughts. According to
www.healthway.com the 12 warning signs of depression include:
Being annoyed
Sleeping too little/too much
Eating is an issue
Always in pain
Not dressing like normal
Nothing interests the individual
Beating themselves up
Thinking about suicide

Depression and suicide can find its way into anyone’s life but high stress jobs and non typical jobs can add to the normal amounts of stress. The Agriculture industry is known for its unpredictability.

Our industry is filled with many hard times that challenge farmers and ranchers to look for the positive in what seems to be a lot of negative at times.

From snow storms that freeze a baby calf in the winter to thunderstorms that wipe out crops or the tornados a hurricanes that twist up farm equipment such as pivots, tractor, and bins.

There are millions of other examples that make a farmers life a little bit harder. So during these hard times we as friends and neighbors need to stop thinking about ourselves and start doing what we can to help fellow rancher and farmer through these times.

You never know when those thought might begin knocking on your door so take a few minutes to check in and simply ask someone how they truly are doing. Because you may never know when you might need someone to check in on you.

If you know someone that is struggling or you yourself is the one that needs help please use the information that we have attached below to do your part in brighten someone’s day.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline


Ways to avoid Center Pivot Wheel Rutting  

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Though pivots supply a much-needed resource to crops over time they can create bigger issues for the land depending on the management and usage of the pivot by the farmers.

Wheel tracks often develop into ruts because of a combination of excessive water application on the tracks, and compaction by the tower wheel that is moving on the wet soil.

The issue begins to worsen as moving wheels push water along the rut, which smears and adds compaction so over time the rut becomes progressively deeper.

Rutting is often found to occur in clay type soils though the issue can begin any type of soil though very sandy soils can sometimes be taken out of this issue.

So are the ruts that might be forming in your field going to affecting you in the long run?

Depending on the seriousness of the rutting it may cause machines to break, damage or even stop farm equipment. When a tower stops due to a rut it causes the tower to get out of alignment.

If individuals continue to add stress to the towers with you not fixing the deep ruts in many leads up to the failure of the center pivot. Though most manufacturers allow some type of warranty on pivots that is as long as the rut is not larger than 4 inches.

According to a study done by the government in  Australia, there are three common fixes to ruts in cropland.
Keeping applied water off wheel tracks;
Increasing the load-bearing strength of the soil along the wheel track lines;
Reducing the pressure applied to the soil by the wheel.

Many companies have responded to this issue of ruts by increasing the technology that they use when developing a pivot. A few advancements that have shown major improvements include Nelson sprinklers, Senninger sprinklers, rotators, wobbler sprinklers, and boom backs.

All of these have given farmers a bit of relief when it comes repairing the deep tracks that have been left in the field by the towers.

Nelson Sprinklers: With 40 years of innovation Nelson has been modifying their sprinklers to not only reduce rutting but to be efficient for the customer. Nelson has developed 11 different sprinkler heads for the water to be directed in a way that reduces pivot tracks and rut but also applies the water to the field in the most positive manner.

Rotators: A Nelson product the Rotator line of sprinklers is very technology forward. The Rotators have begun developing for over 25 years with adding pieces and advancements every year. In recent advancement, the Rotators have added a full protection system from insect intrusion, protection from tubing damage, and a rapid flush and clean inlet screen.

Senninger Sprinklers: With 50 years of developing Senninger Irrigation has developed a sprinkler that Valley and they believe to be Low-Pressure — High Performance.  With 8 varieties of sprinklers, Senninger had fine-tuned the pressure applied and made each head unique to the customer’s fields and crops.

Wobbler: A sprinkler head made by Senninger, the Wobblers provides the most uninformed water application. Wobbler sprinklers distributes droplets with a lower application intensity over a large area of coverage.  The Wobbler sprinklers produce droplets that resist wind-drift and are applied in a rain-like pattern.

Boom Backs: 55 years in the making Boom Backs have been fine-tuning the technology behind Boom Backs. Working together with sprinklers that Boom Back reduces the forming of ruts by move the waters impacted away from the center of the towers.

A ‘boom back’ is a boom that relocated the sprinklers normally adjacent to the towers to behinds the wheels. With half -throw sprinklers on the boombacks aligned to throw behind the tower, this is a great way to reduce the amount of water that is intercepted by the tower and applied to the wheel tracks ahead of the wheels in the current pass.

With strides made in the irrigation technology that producers are using every day and not allowing their land or equipment take the hit of a rut.

Also, suggested by the Australian government is to practice some of the methods listed below.
Reduce the sprinkler flow rate at the towers
Span piper drain
Increase tire size
Build up and compact wheel tracks

Though there are many of these options that reduce the forming of ruts. The price tags can sometimes get a little costly.  Irrigation Listings has many used parts and equipment can be found within a click of a button.  Finding quality parts that are going to benefit your land and machinery by fixing an issue that is slowly forming over time.

Irrigation Association Show in California 

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Irrigation Listings will be one of the 350 exhibitors that will be attending the 2018 Irrigation Association Show that will be held in Long Beach, California on December 3rd – 7th.

Irrigation Listings is a bronze member of the Irrigation Association with this being the 3rd IA Show that the staff has attended.

Irrigation Listings become interested in the IA show when they wanted to start sharing their business and to see the latest cutting-edge technology which makes their company stand out to customers. The Irrigation Show & Education Conference offers many benefits to companies that are selling as well as buyers.

During the show, the Irrigation Listings will be handing out informational packets that inform the attendees about the website where they can find quality used irrigation equipment.

During the show, Irrigation Listings focuses on networking with growers. They are completely committed to the conservation of irrigation water by offering growers with budgets quality used center pivots and irrigation equipment.

At the IA Show this year, Irrigation Listings will be focusing on promoting their new online store. Recently Irrigation Listings has launched an aftermarket part online store that assists producers to source high-quality new center pivot parts.

Irrigation Listings wants to share their company ideals of offering small town service Worldwide with buyers across the nation. They like to think of it as “glocally”.

During the Irrigation Association show, the company will be working on networking with other companies, but will also be building their knowledge level about the advances made in the irrigation industry.

During this one packed week, the Irrigation Association will be gathering irrigation professionals from all over the world to celebrate the work done in the industry while showcasing the exciting future of what is yet to come.

The 2018 Irrigation Show is projected to attract over 4,500 attendees and exhibitors, providing valuable opportunities that connects and meet with peers, customers and suppliers. At the show, there will be events include the opening night party, general session, events for young professionals and women in irrigation, and the keynote address featuring former NBA All-Star Mark Eaton.

Education classes and CAD learning labs offered during the show will take your knowledge and expertise to a new level. Attendees also have the option to take a certification exam and become IA Select Certified, showing a commitment to attaining the highest level of expertise and knowledge.

More information about these events can be found on www.irrigationshow.org . A brief outline of the dates is listed below.

Irrigation Seminars
Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Thursday, Dec. 6
(included in full registration)
Technical Program
Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Wednesday, Dec. 5
(included in full registration)
Education Classes
Monday, Dec. 3 – Friday, Dec. 7
(not included in full registration but discounted pricing available to IA members)
Certification Exams
Tuesday, Dec. 4 – Friday, Dec. 7
(advance registration and separate fee required)

Irrigation Listing is excited to be exhibitors and attendees at the 2018 Irrigation Association Show. If you are able to make a trip to California next week stop by and visit their booth.

Who we are and What we do 

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The supply of water to land or crops to help growth, typically by means of channels is the definition of irrigation. Irrigation Listing is a company that was built with one goal in mind, to expand the reach of irrigation equipment and companies to perform at their full ability.

Much like the definition of irrigation the company’s values and goals are very similar. Being motivated by his grandpa’s goal of providing parts, equipment, and technical support to all customers, no matter their budget restrictions. CEO, Corey Schaaf, has created a one-stop-one shop that will continue to grow and expand as the industry continues to grow as well as the need for fair parts and pricing does.

Irrigation Listing is holding to the true definition of irrigation. The company focuses on supplying quality parts to individuals that are looking for fair pricing. The company uses multiple channels in order to expand and reach customers. You can follow Irrigation Listing on Facebook and stay up to date on hot topics in the industry by following the weekly blog.

Thousands of irrigation parts and equipment, including used center pivots, center pivot parts, pumps, generators, power units, and much more to come can all be found through the company. Irrigation Listing has been able to improve with the help of technology. Growing far beyond the Polaroid Camera that Schaaf’s Grandpa Ed was using to photograph and sell salvage tractor equipment.

With the upgrade in technology, Irrigation Listings is able to effectively assist budget-friendly buyers with used irrigation equipment on both the national and international levels. The company understands the needs of a local farmer but still has the ability to communicate with large companies in the irrigation industry.

When you call Irrigation Listings you will be calling an individual that is well informed about the industry and the new technology that is beginning to change within it. The staff knows first-hand about the struggles and hardship that come with being active members of the agricultural industry.

They are going to make buying or selling irrigation equipment and supplies as relaxing of a process that they can. They will assist producers in finding competitive freight rates and installation crews if needed by the buyer.

Irrigation Listings ensures that all parts, pivots, and equipment is top-quality used irrigation equipment by verifying the pivot is coming from good water areas. Featured Products that irrigation listings usually deals are: center pivots, underground wire, center drives, Z-pipe, gearboxes, vertical hollow shafts, tires, center pivots part, engines, sprinklers, pumps, end guns, panels, electrical fittings, filtration, fuses, valves, fittings, and underground pipe.

Many used irrigation products can be found in the click of a button on the first online irrigation distribution network that connects buyers and sellers all around the worlds. Much like the definition of irrigation and the original goals of Grandpa Ed’s; Irrigation Listing prides itself on supplying customers with the opportunity to buy and sell quality used irrigation parts to customers no matter the budget through many channels of media.