For millennia, the human race used animal labor for agriculture such as harnessing horses, donkeys, and oxen for farm work, and as of the turn of the 20th century, industrialized nations like the United States phased out animal labor in favor of machine labor, and the industry for tractors and combines has grown and expanded rapidly to become what it is known as today. The technology for these advanced machines has improved ever since, and today’s tractors and combines can get a lot of work done on American farms without any issue. Sometimes, however, tractors or combines may suffer maintenance issues like any other machine, and when that time comes, a farmer should know how to diagnose the issue and either fix it on the farm or hire crews who will repair them, such as replacing a used combine tire or a rear tractor wheel, or even engine or transmission issues. How big has the tractor and combine market grown, and what can be done when a used combine tired is busted or a tractor tire has been ruptured?
Farm Gear Then and Now
Mechanical farm equipment like tractors emerged over a century ago and have only grown in power and popularity ever since. Back in 1916, about 20,000 tractors were sold in the United States, and many of them were probably heavy, steam-powered models. A little later, by 1935, over one million tractors were being sold in the United States, and the business has grown to include a number of popular brands known today for selling these machines and their spare parts and accessories.
A large part of keeping combines and tractors working well is taking care of their wheels and tires, or else these machines cannot move and get their job done. Naturally, the industry for used tractor tires and their replacement, and used combine tire replacement, is a large one. Statistic Brain, for example, has determined that in the tire and rubber industry today, farming tires are valued at an impressive $502 million, and this is even higher than the off-road tire’s share, which is $401 million. Similarly, the farming industry accounted for nearly $535 million of replacement tire sales, such as replacing a used combine tire, in the United States in the year 2017. Firestone, in particular, owns a 22% market share of farm equipment tires (for small farm tires in particular), according to Modern Tire Dealer, and Goodyear has a 15.5% share of that market, another large name in this industry.
Fixing a Used Combine Tire and More
Farm machines such as tractors and combines are designed to work on the fields all day, and are not meant to drive on roads with other traffic. Whenever a tractor or a combine’s tire becomes worn out, or worse gets punctured, this machine will have a hard time getting its work done, so a farmer must know what to do next. Those with the expertise and tools can get the repair job done themselves, while others may need to take their tractor or combine in to a shop that can handle such jobs. For convenience, a number of brands may offer tractors and combines as packaged deals; that is, the tractor or combine is sold alongside a trailer that can handle its size and weight. Whenever such a piece of farm equipment has engine or tire issues, it can be loaded onto this trailer, and hauled by truck to a repair shop. Such a package deal may cost a fair amount, but it can be a lifesaver if a tractor or combine has a ruptured tire or if a wheel falls off. This trailer may even be used just to transport the farm machinery from one field or farm to another, or to deliver it to a buyer when it is being sold. Other issues such as engine or transmission problems may call for loading a tractor onto the trailer, such as brake failure or a faulty transmission that prevents the tractor from moving. Used tractor tires for sale might also be found at a shop along with new ones, and a farmer can replace worn out tires this way before they rupture entirely.