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Michelin expands its agricultural tire line

Between now and next June, Michelin will roll out four new high-capacity additions to its line of ag tires.

In September it added the VF480/80R50 179D SprayBib to its VF (Very High Flexion) high-clearance sprayer tire offerings. “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,” said James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America, in a press release. The tire can carry a maximum load of over 17,000 pounds and has a top rated speed of 40 m.p.h.

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In December Michelin plans to follow up that introduction with the release of an Ultraflex 710/45R22.5 165D CargoXBib High Flotation for its large implement line. It gets a new tread design that improves clean-out characteristics, replacing the current CargoXBib tread pattern that has been available in North America for the past seven years.

When it comes big singles for a tractor, the brand’s seven feet, six inches-tall IF900/65R46 190D AxioBib is the largest farm tire in in the world, according to the company, and it has a load capacity of 24,000 pounds. It was introduced in Europe in 2014 and will debut here in March.

A few months later, in June of 2016, the IF1000/55R32 CFO 188A8 CerexBib will hit the Canadian market. It’s designed for large combines and grain carts.

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Scott Garvey

Scott Garvey is the machinery editor for Grainews.



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