Titan International, manufacturer of Titan Tires, Titan Wheels, Goodyear Farm Tires and John Deere have teamed up to offer Goodyear Super Single Low Sidewall (LSW) technology tires on another series of MFWD tractors.
The tires can be ordered with John Deere’s 6000, 7000 and 9000 series MFWD tractors and its self-propelled sprayers and combines. Starting in 2021, the tires will also be offered on John Deere’s three largest 8R series MFWD tractors — the 8R 340, 8R 370 and 8R 410 — when equipped with independent link suspension.
The new dealer-direct option is not the first time these tires have been installed on 8000 series tractors. In fact, the combination of Goodyear Optitrac LSW1000/40R32 fronts and LSW1100/45R46 rears is very popular in the aftermarket because, for a comparable price to duals, the setup offers improved traction, flotation and ride quality benefits compared to a traditional row crop dual setup.
“This flotation LSW setup has been incredibly popular for years in the aftermarket with growers running John Deere MFWD tractors, and we’re happy that the demand from growers and years of extensive field testing have led to John Deere making this in-demand setup available direct from the factory,” Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires, said in a press release.
“We’ve been promoting this particular configuration since 2012/13. It’s our most popular configuration, whether on red, orange or green machines,” added Sloan in a follow-up conversation.
“This is really a feather in our cap, a validation. The people who have been running (these tires) for a long time know they are a great option. But you always have guys who are sitting on the fence about any technology. By having it offered out of John Deere’s factory, those people will have more confidence that it’s valid technology and it works.”
A common traditional row crop tire setup on John Deere MFWD tractors is 380/80R38 dual fronts and 480/80R50 dual rears, which results in a total contact area of 2,368 inches. By switching to the Goodyear LSW Super Single setup, producers can increase total contact area to 3,644 inches.
The 53 per cent improvement in total contact area provides better flotation thanks to the weight of the tractor being spread over a larger footprint. From a compaction standpoint, this tire technology translates to healthier soil.
Enhanced floatation can offer major benefits, especially at the front and end of the growing season.
“If you can get into the field two to three days earlier than you would with duals, you’ll have extra days at the other end of the season than the guy who had to wait for the ground to dry out to get into the field. That can make a huge difference,” says Sloan.
The technology also allows a less obvious compaction reduction, Sloan adds. “A lot of guys will pop the extra tires off their duals to have a tighter turning radius, but that (produces) nothing but compaction. With these tires you can significantly reduce compaction overall from season to season just by putting the tire floatation package on.”
In addition to offering a smaller turning radius, the six-inch reduction in overall roading width of the Super Singles compared with duals allows easier transport.
“More than half of growers rarely need to run their tractors between the rows post-emergence, and for them, this LSW Super Single setup should be the clear choice to help reduce soil compaction, increase yield and improve performance in any field conditions,” said Sloan.
The Super Singles’ low sidewall technology also translates to improved comfort and performance. Not only do the lower sidewalls offer better roading, they don’t buckle under heavy tillage, minimizing power hop.
All radial Goodyear Farm Tires, including the Super Single LSW tires available from John Deere, now come with a warranty that includes 10-year coverage — up from eight years previously — for tire workmanship and materials, with a prorated refund based on years in service and percentage wear. It also includes a new two-year field hazard protection plan and a three-year stubble damage protection plan.
Important to many producers, the warranty also includes a two-year (up from one year), no-cost replacement as part of the workmanship and materials coverage when the tire is less than 25 per cent worn, with mounting and service included. (Please note, certain exclusions apply to the warranty coverage and producers should make sure they read the coverage policy for details.)
“Moving from one-year to two-year free replacement is a big deal. That’s the big hitter. It gives buyers a little more reassurance,” says Sloan.