Michelin has announced the launch of four new tires for tractors, sprayers, harvesting equipment and large implements in North America.
Michelin now has six farm tire models that feature Ultraflex Technology, which enables tires to operate at up to 40 percent lower air pressure compared to standard radial tires, resulting in a larger footprint for reduced soil compaction and higher yields. A recent Harper Adams University study demonstrated a 4 percent yield increase with Ultraflex tires compared to standard radial tires.
The four new tires include Michelin VF480/80R50 179D SprayBib, an expansion of Michelin's popular VF (Very High Flexion) high-clearance sprayer tire offering. The tire is now available at Michelin dealers.
“The tire is designed to offer farmers a unique balance between a narrow tire to avoid crop damage and a flotation tire to minimize compaction,” said James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America. “With a maximum load of over 17,000 pounds and a top rated speed of 40 mph, this wider and higher-load capacity addition to the SprayBib family is equipped to handle the largest high-clearance sprayers on the market.”
Also new is the Michelin 710/45R22.5 165D CargoXBib High Flotation tire that features a new tread design that replaces the current CargoXBib tread design that has been available in North America for the past seven years, provides improved cleanout. This new tire will be available in December.
In addition, the new Michelin IF900/65R46 190D AxioBib offers a high level of load capacity and low levels of compaction for four-wheel drive machines. At 7 feet 6 inches tall with a capacity of almost 24,000 pounds, it is the largest farm tire in in the world. Introduced in Europe in 2014, this new size addition to the AxioBib family will launch in March 2016 for North American farmers.
The Michelin IF1000/55R32 CFO 188A8 CerexBib is the newest Michelin tire designed for large harvesting machines and grain carts. Launching in June 2016, it will offer a massive load capacity and a giant footprint. Built with Michelin Ultraflex Technology, it also minimizes the soil compaction caused by new large harvesting equipment.