Titan International Inc. has introduced a new Contractor Radial implement tire. The tire’s Very High Flexion (VF) design allows operators to carry the same weight load as a standard implement tire at 40% lower inflation pressures, which reduces soil compaction. The radial construction also allows for cooler running temperatures, which will extend the life of the tire versus a traditional bias, according to Titan.
“The majority of implement tires on the market are bias, but there are a lot of benefits to using radials on an implement,” says Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires. “Implements have gotten heavier over the years and are outgrowing the load capacity of standard bias sizes that run at significantly higher inflations. In addition, farmers are traveling longer distances from field to field with increased loads. So, they’re looking for a tire that can provide better roading and increased carrying capacity at reduced pressures.”
The Contractor Radial tire features the same tread design as the Goodyear FS24 implement tire. Titan says the zigzag, ribbed design ensures smooth road use while providing excellent stability in side-slope applications. The large contact area and rounded corners provide for high flotation, less compaction, and minimal ground disturbance in the field.
The Contractor Radial is available in two sizes, with three additional sizes are currently in development. Current sizes are:
· VF280/70R15: Carries 5,080 lbs. at 58 psi, replacing a traditional 11L-15
· VF320/70R15: Carries 5,680 lbs. at 52 psi, replacing a traditional 12.5L-15
Titan International Inc. / www.titan-intl.com