There has been a raft of early-year developments in the tyre world from some of the main manufacturers.
Vredestein has launched a new Traxion 65 rubber, which uses technology from its flagship VF tyre, the Traxion Optimall. It features an extra-large contact area from the curved shaped lugs and has helped to significantly reduce in-cab noise, says the company.
It claims that the Traxion 65 has a 30% longer lifespan compared with its premium competitors, thanks to the tread compound.
Alliance has revealed a new Agri Star II tractor tyre. It features so-called stratified layer technology (SLT), which combines an arrangement of multi-angle lugs for better traction.
Each lug has two layers – the top layer has a single-angle profile and the bottom layer has a multi-angle profile. The result is that when the top layer has worn down to about 40%, the bottom layer becomes visible and changes the lug’s geometry.
Various size will be available through Kirby Tyres, Alliance’s distributor in the UK and Ireland.
Continental has introduced a new tyre warranty to cover farmers in the event of materials or manufacturing failure.
The firm is offering warranties of up to 10 years on all tyres made at its manufacturing plant in Lousado, Portugal, covering everything made since 1 August 2017. This includes Tractormaster and Combinemaster tyres.
Continental has also launched a new app that features a pressure and load calculator, which can make inflation recommendations to the operator based on the tyres they have.
BKT has added three new tyres to its growing portfolio. The V-Flexa is available in 600/55 R26.5 and uses VF technology, with treads featuring steel belts helping to negate impacts, along with an inflation pressure that is 30% less than that of a standard tyre of the same size.
The FL 633 Performa is capable of reaching road speeds of up to 100kph and has been designed for use with trucks and trailers. A high load capacity and ultra-resistant build structure are key components of the new wheel.