Because of the wet harvests we’ve experienced the past few years, more growers are eyeing up their combines’ tires and asking if they have the best setup to take on muddy fall field conditions. Duals and tracks have been around for some time, and recently Goodyear joined the fight with LSW Super Singles. We’ve gathered grower feedback from two harvest seasons and here’s what we have to report.

“I’ll always have floats on my combine from now on.”

As we’ve talked with growers who made the switch from duals to Goodyear’s LSW Super Singles, there are a few points we’ve heard over and over:

“The combine handles better.” “I can harvest wetter areas of the field.” “The combine leaves fewer ruts.” “It’s cleaner on the road.” “There’s no dealing with mud between the duals.” “I’m glad I made the switch.”

Clearly, many growers believe that the switch to Super Singles has been positive for their operations.

Are Goodyear LSW Super Singles Better Than Tracks?

Some of the farmers who made the switch to LSW Super Singles claim they’re better than tracks. Is this true? We haven't witnessed the LSWs run side-by-side with tracks, so we can’t say for sure. But we do know that tires can be a lot easier on your budget, with a lower purchase price and less maintenance costs. So if cost is a top concern for you, we believe that the Goodyear LSW Super Singles are a good option.

What about the negative feedback?

Yes, we’ve heard people say, “if you get stuck, it’s over. Goodyear can’t make tires.” While we can’t speak for every farmer who has tried LSW Super Singles, the comments we’ve heard in person have been overwhelmingly positive. Many negative comments that we’ve stumbled on were several times removed from the actual person who had the problem. One grower we did talk to commented that he experienced a “wall of mud” in front of his combine’s Super Singles. However, we’ve seen the same “wall of mud” in front of duals in extreme field conditions.

Goodyear did have a product recall on its LSW 1400/30R46 tire-wheel assemblies during the first half of 2018 because the tires were going flat when running at lower air pressures. The company fixed the issue with updated tires and rims, but we didn’t see this problem in the combine application because it requires a higher air pressure.

Two Massive Combine Tire Options

Just how large are these tires? Goodyear LSW 1400/30R46 and LSW 1250/35R46 tires dwarf a standard 650/85R38 dual. Their widths exceed 53 inches and 48 inches, respectively, compared to just 27 inches for a 650/85R38 dual. This extra width means the flat plate area is approximately 46 percent larger on the 1400/30R46. However, when you compare the footprint of all four tires in a dual setup compared to just two tires in a LSW Super Singles setup, the total footprint is close to the same. Your choice comes down to one simple question: Which is right for your operation?

If you’ve had experience with these tires, we’d be happy to hear about it. If you’d like to learn more about Goodyear’s LSW tires and others, or call (507) 218-9885. Our purpose is to find you the best traction solution for your operation.

Finding the Best Source for Combine Tires

Based in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, NTS Tire Supply can provide you with complete combine changeover solutions. By trading in your used tires and wheels, you can get the optimal combine tire setup for less. Our cost-effective farm tire solutions are fueled by the largest selection of used and takeoff ag tires and wheels in the Upper Midwest. You will also find all major brands of new and used agricultural tires, tracks, wheels, and hardware with knowledgeable support and service.