Floating and Traction

Ho Here at Valley West Irrigation, Our experts will analyse your field and then recommend the flotation or traction option most effective for your operation and most effective for conquering the problem of ruts. Ruts form as pivots travel down the same track numerous times. Soil type, terrain, and irrigation practices are the most common factors affecting the severity of rut formation.

Extensive research and in-field trials led by a world-class team of Valley engineers were the inspiration behind the design of several drive unit floatation and traction options – each customized to maximize performance and minimize downtown.

The Valley line of Flotation and Traction options include:

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3 Wheel Drive

Sometimes, a center pivot requires a bit more "oomph" to keep itself going through difficult field situations. If you're a grower with a field that develops deep wheel tracks or other difficult challenges, the Valley® 3-Wheel Drive floatation option may be the solution for you. The 3-Wheel Drive will help keep your center pivot afloat and therefore limit your downtime.

Airless Tire

Revolution Airless Tire

The Valley® Revolution™ airless tire features cutting-edge airless tire technology that will eliminate your problems with flats. Its well-proven aperture design is similar to tires used on forklifts. Unlike plastic tires that tend to slip on rocky ground and have poor self-cleaning or steel tires that have no give and can quickly corrode in some field conditions, this compliant rubber tire provides cushioning over ridges and other field obstacles to prevent gearbox overloading, and it won’t slip on rocks or other hard objects.

The non-directional tread provides excellent traction while reducing track depth by keeping mud in the wheel track, rather than pushing it out of the track like standard tractor tires. Tapered tread lugs feature specially shaped sides to maximize tread cleanout in muddy conditions.

This rugged, durable Revolution airless tire is a Valley-exclusive that will provide you with longer tire life, while eliminating flats in your fields.

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Articulating 4-Wheel Track Drive

Getting a firm hand on your center pivot's traction has never been easier with the Valley® Articulating 4-Wheel Drive. With a design that conforms to your field, you won't need to worry about deep wheel ruts and a sinking, stuck center pivot for long.

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Articulating Track Drive

Some fields are both hilly and muddy, and you may find yourself wondering how in the world your center pivot is going to keep going! Luckily for you, the Valley® Articulating Track Drive is here to save the day. It fits your field like a glove and gives you the most traction and floatation of any solution.

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Standard Drive Unit

A stuck pivot can have a devastating impact on your bottom line: increased energy costs; wasted water, extra labor, and repair expenses; pivot stress and loss of structural integrity; yield reductions; economic losses; and ultimately, frustration. Your out-of-the-box Valley® center pivot comes standard with a drive unit and tire size options that fit your field and soil type, and that keep your pivot afloat.

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Track Drive

A stuck center pivot can have a devastating impact on your bottom line: increased energy costs; wasted water, extra labor and repair expenses; pivot stress and loss of structural integrity; yield reductions; economic losses; and ultimately, frustration. The Valley® Track Drive provides you with a solution, while other brands may have left your center pivot sinking into the mud. Our Track Drive will help make sure you're spending your free time anywhere but in your field.