Tire for on and off-road use
GRI introduces the Green XLR-F77 high-flotation tire for tractors, spreaders and large applicators. One offering carries a 161D load index. Spokespersons explain load index is a way of describing radial tires instead of using ply-ratings, since they aren’t made with ply construction. The “D” means it can run up to 40 miles per hour. Designing a tire to minimize soil compaction in off-road applications and still run at speeds up to 40 miles per hour on the road is no small feat, experts say. Contact GRI, based in Hermitage, Tenn., at 737-231-0670 or visit gritires.com.
Tires with traction
With the simplicity of a tire and the traction properties of a track, Galileo’s CupWheel technology leaves behind a much flatter footprint than a premium tire while still costing less than tracks. There are three sizes in the company’s AgriCup line available now: 600/65CW28, 710/70CW38 and 710/70CW42. And there’s two sizes in the SkidCup line: 10CW16.5 IND/35 for industrial and 12CW16.5 IND/15 for agriculture. Contact Galileo, based in Israel, by visiting galileowheel.com.
Long-lasting radial tires
Don’t get slowed down by tire maintenance with a new generation of airless radial tires from Michelin. Tweels can carry a load of up to 4,400 pounds and come in either all-terrain or hard surface versions. The outer-core tread can be retreaded multiple times and the new spoke formulation provides up to 10 times greater spoke life. The 12N16.5 Tweel SSL 2 is available for $1,100 apiece. Contact Michelin, Greenville, S.C., at 864-458-5000 or visit michelinag.com.
Large-size ag spreader tire
Maxam Tire North America continues to introduce different sizes and types of specialty tires for the ag market. Available for big spreaders of all types is the Flotxtra, all-steel radial tire, shown here in the 710/50R30 size. This tire has no fabric plys. Spokespersons say it’s finding a home on both large spreaders and honey wagons in the manure application industry, among other uses. Contact Maxam Tires North America, Danvers, Mass., at 844-629-2662 or visit maxamtirena.com.
More efficient flotation tires
Titan introduces the Goodyear Optitorque series of flotation tires in 12 new sizes, including two sizes unique to the industry. Several of these tires feature Low Sidewall Technology. Scott Sloan, ag product manager, says the biggest difference is these tires feature R1 tread. Most tires previously were R1W, designed for wet fields with 20% to 25% deeper lugs. In hard pan conditions, R1 lugs don’t leave lug or cleat marks and may wear better. Contact Titan, Quincy, Ill., at titan-intl.com.
Tire line gets more sizes
Mitas intends to add new sizes to its Agriterra lineup of tires for agricultural uses soon. Sizes that are already on farms are proving themselves in difficult conditions, resulting in the decision to expand the lineup. Spokespersons say these tires provide good flotation for various vehicles and implements. One selling point is their ability to also perform well on the road at speeds up to 19 miles per hour, thanks in part to their unique tread design. Contact Mitas Tires North America Inc., Charles City, Iowa, 641-257-6491 or visit mitasag.com.
Tire built for grain carts
Here’s a new size of tire built in Spartanburg, S.C., by Trelleborg just for grain carts. This tire is in the TM3000 series. The 900/65R32 tire pictured with the “IF” designation means it can carry 20% less air compared to normal tires. That allows it to create less soil compaction while carrying the same load. It’s also a “CFO” tire, where CFO stands for “cyclical field operations.” Spokespersons say engineers understand these tires must be flexible because they will be carrying loads of various sizes as the grain cart fills. Contact Trelleborg at 866-633-8473 or trelleborg.com/wheels.
Tire line offers 15 sizes
Firestone Ag introduces an entirely new series called the Maxi Traction line. Currently, there are 15 sizes available. Included are tires for both mechanical front-wheel drive tractors, such as front tires on the John Deere 7210R, plus four-wheel drive tires. Brad Harris, manager of field engineering for Firestone Ag, says the major change is the tread pattern. It’s redesigned to deliver good traction in the field but also deliver a smooth ride on the road. Contact Bridgestone Americas Inc., Nashville, Tenn., at firestoneag.com or visit any Firestone Ag certified dealer.