Mechanical innovation is alive and well in agriculture and the new NFTrax Airless Wheel from Lindsay Corporation is proof. The company has developed a new airless wheel assembly that uses a proprietary direction-less track belt on an innovative frame to help end a key frustration for farmers - flat tires on irrigation pivots.
But Brad Dunbar, Lindsay, says the system does more than solve the flat problem. "The track provides a long footprint and a better soil profile," he says. "This helps slow water flow in the track allowing it to percolate into the soil."
As the NFTrax Wheel Assembly moves through its trip across the field, the steel-belted track flexes creating a kind of washboard pattern that slows water flow down the trench. Dunbar says that in tests - and this product has gone through thousands of hours of tests - the system doesn't sink in muddy conditions.
Price for a pair of NFTrax Airless Wheels is $3,800. Randy Wood, vice president, sales and marketing, coined it best when he noted that with NFTrax, Lindsay has 'reinvented the wheel.' You can learn more by visiting www.zimmatic.com.
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