Increased flexion tires have the same properties as radial tires but can handle the same weight at 20% less air pressure, giving Michelin’s FloatXBib the advantage of greater flotation to reduce plant damage and soil compaction. The IF 1000/55R32 cyclical field operation-sized tires can reach up to 40 mph on the road. Contact Michelin, Greenville, S.C., at 864-458-5000 or visit michelinag.com.
CEAT Specialty manufactures various construction, port and agriculture tires. New to its inventory is the largest agricultural tire it builds for high-horsepower tractors: the Farmax R70, 710/70 42. A popular size in farming, this tire carries “a lot of load” because of its large air chamber. It also lays a big footprint, minimizing soil compaction and increasing traction simultaneously because of deflection in the sidewall. CEAT Specialty manufactures 140 tire sizes. For more information, visit ceatspecialty.com.
The Agrixtra Series of tires from Maxam Tire North America is growing in the number of sizes offered for farm tires. The company, relatively new to the market in the U.S., is working on adding more sizes to its tire lineup. The Agrixtra Series includes tires for both four-wheel-drive and two-wheel-drive tractors. Contact Maxam Tire North America, Danvers, Mass., at 844-629-2662 or visit maxamtirena.com.
The primary use for the Green EX 14.9-24 tire added to the GRI tire lineup is for irrigation applications. It’s a 6-ply tire designed and tested to stand up to UV light since it’s outside in the field all year long. Two other sizes of GRI irrigation R1 bias tires are available: 11.2-24 and a 11.2-38. These tires feature a new tread design, improved lug stability and good crack resistance. Contact GRI, based in Hermitage, Tenn., in the U.S., at 737-231-0670 or visit gritires.com.
You can order Titan Low Sidewall Technology tires in the Goodyear brand as standard equipment on the Kubota M-700 Series of tractors. The Kubota M7-151 tractor pictured is equipped with Goodyear LSW tires, both front and rear. These R1W Goodyear Optitrac tires were installed at the factory. Scott Sloan, ag manager for Titan, says he’s pleased with the relationship, which allows an OEM tractor company to offer Titan’s LSW technology from the factory. Contact Titan, Quincy, Ill., at titan-intl.com.
Trelleborg is adding sizes to an existing lineup of tires in its VF-PT Series for tractors, where VF stands for “very flexible” and PT stands for “progressive traction.” Spokespeople say these tires can run with 40% less air compared to standard tires and still carry the same weight load. The result is less soil compaction created in the field and improved traction. New sizes were added in the TM600 lineup for tractors. Contact Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas, Spartanburg, S.C., at 866-633-8473 or visit trelleborg.com/wheels.
Trelleborg took existing tire technology and expanded its use by building sizes to fit in different applications in ag. The tire pictured here, designed primarily for use on 4-wheel-drive tractors, is an example. This VF 800/70R38 size was recently introduced in the TM1000 Series of tires. These tires run on 40% less air than conventional tires. Contact Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas, Spartanburg, S.C., at 866-633-8473 or visit trelleborg.com/wheels.
Firestone Ag’s line of MaxiTraction tires includes sizes for combines. Brad Harris, manager of field engineering, says his team achieved a smoother ride on the road while maintaining excellent traction in the field by using multi-bar angles on the tread. Near outer edges, tires still have the traditional 23-degree angle for traction, but in the center, the angle is about 45 degrees. The higher center angle helps deliver a smoother ride on the road. Contact Bridgestone Americas Inc., Nashville, Tenn., at firestoneag.com or see any Firestone Ag certified dealer.