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I was surprised to see that mudracing cars have tires like huge circular blades. They are very thin rather than very thick. I will see if I can find a link.
In rainy weather it can be hard to get tractors in the field. They bog down and compact the mud, ruining the fields. I propose that huge
thin tire blades would also be good for tractors. These would leave a deep cleft in the field as they move along. Perhaps texture on the sides of the tire would be good for added grip on the sides of the cleft it cut. The tractor could carry sand which would pour off the back into this cleft, facilitating drainage for the field.
It's an acquired taste, for some. [Alterother, Aug 26 2013]
Interco TSL Bogger
Widely considered to be the best mud racing tire, although agricultural tires are also popular. [Alterother, Aug 26 2013]
||I suspect mud racing happens on a relatively hard
packed surface, so you have a couple of inches of
mud to punch through before you reach hard dirt.
||Fields, on the other hand, tend to have several feet
of very loose soil.
||I'm wondering if the key driving difference here would be the RPM's at the tire.
||Clearly a massive misunderstanding about why you don't go messing around in the field when it is to wet.
||The race you witnessed was not a 'mud race' (more
commonly known as a 'mud run') but a swamp race, where
the vehicles (called swamp buggies) race through deep
muddy water. Swamp buggy racing is limited to the
southeast US, whereas mud run racing takes place
anywhere you can find (or make) mud. The national mud
run championship is held about twenty miles from my
||The tall skinny wheels used on swamp buggies would be
worse than useless in thick mud, where wide low-pressure
tires keep the vehicle from sinking whilst the aggressive
cleats grab what little traction can be had.
||See links for info on mud run racing and examples of the
tires used, which are generally called mud tires.
Ignorance is curable! I thought one avoided wet
fields to keep from compacting the soil. There is a
better reason? Your comments (wcw) re C:N ratio
and the unsuitability of paper as mulch caused the
scales to fall from my eyes. More on wet fields,