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 06-06-1999, 00:00 Post: 4758
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I have some geek questions. I read so much about calcium filled tires on this board. I honestly don't what this is. Everyone, and I mean all of the dealers and all of the farmers I know of, use antifreeze here in Misissippi. Are we missing something down here? Does calcium weigh more? Is it cheaper? Are we ruining our wheels/tires here and we don't even know it? Any info is more than I have now. Thanks.






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 06-06-1999, 00:00 Post: 4760
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Good question. I'm in SW Mississippi and around here I've never even used anti-freeze. No problems. Also I have seen people mention cloride in their tires.???






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 06-06-1999, 00:00 Post: 4774
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I dont know the specific gravity of either Calcium Chloride or antifreeze. The Deere manual call for adding calcium chloride at 3.5 lbs per gallon of water so the weight will be about 12 lbs per gallon. Glycol is probably not as heavy and is much more expensive than calcium chloride. Additionally though both are a pain the , calcium is probably more environmentally safe. Hopefully someone with more specifics can help answer the question as to why antifreeze is used in the south and not in the north.






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 06-07-1999, 00:00 Post: 4788
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Calcium Chloride does weigh more than water/antifreeze. But it has one BIG problem...it will corrode your wheels.






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 06-07-1999, 00:00 Post: 4793
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I have bought two used tractors with calcium in them. The first thing I did was drain those suckers, repair or replace the corroded rims, put tubes in them and fill them with air. Wheel weight are the way to go.






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 06-07-1999, 00:00 Post: 4808
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The complete name for the powder traditionally used for ballast in tires is calcium chloride, which is why some have heard it called calcium, others chloride.It can only safely be used in tires with tubes. Calcium chloride will corrode rims otherwise. Calcium chloride is not environmentally friendly -- it will sterilize soil if it leaks. It's advantages are lower expense (as long as you don't factor in replacing your rims or the cost of tubes) and weight (a very real advantage, but one you can get around with lower weight liquid ballast and the addition of wheel weights, which have the advantage of being removeable).When most places say they use antifreeze in tires, they really mean methanol. Methanol keeps the water in the tire from freezing, but it doesn't weigh nearly as much as water plus calcium chloride. It's not nearly as toxic as either regular antifreeze or calcium chloride, and it evaporates quickly if spilled. One disadvantage of methanol is that you may not live to use that added weight if you smoke around the methanol before it's mixed with the water...Hope this helps.






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