Michelin Agricultural rolls out four new farm-tire varieties
Also on display at the show will be examples of both of Michelin's current VF tractor tires.
All six tire models, each with a unique tread design, feature Michelin Ultraflex Technology, which enables tires to operate at up to 40 percent lower air pressure compared with 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 with standard radial tires.
The expanded line-up of MICHELIN farm tires includes the Michelin VF480/80R50 179D SprayBib, an expansion of Michelin's popular VF (Very High Flexion) high-clearance sprayer tire offering.
"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," James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, said. "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."
The new VF480/80R50 179D SprayBib will be available in September 2015.