Continental unveils VF tyre to reduce soil compaction

Tyre maker Continental will launch a new range of very high-flexion tyres at Agritechnica next month.

The key feature of the new VF rubbers is a more flexible sidewall that allows their pressure to be lowered by as much as 40% compared with a normal tyre carrying the same load. This spreads the weight over a greater surface area in the field, which helps to reduce soil compaction.

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The manufacturer also claims that the tyres can save time by making it possible to transition from field to road without altering pressures. At the same reduced pressure used in field work, the tyre can run at full speed on the road yet still deliver the same fuel efficiency as a standard tyre, says Continental. 

The VF tyre will be available for both tractors and combines after its launch in Germany.

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