Vredestein Introduces TraxionXXL for Powerful Tractors
In 1997, Vredestein introduced the first four dimensions in its Traxion+ tractor radial line-up, and the company notes these tyres were an instant success. More than a decade on and Vredestein says the Traxion+ tyres are still gaining market share in almost all European countries. A new tyre based upon the Traxion+ design has now been produced. Vredestein calls it the TraxionXXL.
Specially developed for high-tech tractors with an engine performance of 160 to 300 horsepower, Vredestein reports the TraxionXXL offers a high load capacity at a relatively low tyre pressure, along with traction, comfort and long working life. The distinctive profile, with defined comfort and traction zones, clearly shows its family ties with Traxion+, the tyre maker adds. At present a total of six TraxionXXL sizes have been planned.
In modern agriculture, large-scale farming demands high-tech tractors with high engine performance together with agricultural machinery and transport equipment with large load capacity. Only with the right type of tyres and dimensions can performance be maximised and return on investment achieved. The dimensions of tyres cannot be increased easily. The width is limited by the traffic regulations while the height is restricted by the design of the tractor itself. Yet Vredestein claims it has found a solution. With the TraxionXXL, it offers a high load capacity at relatively low tyre pressure, with smaller rim diameter and an even, constant rolling circumference.
The TraxionXXL has a larger volume of air and the carcass is strong and flexible. This makes it possible to have an increased working contact area, not only across the width of the tyre, but also along the length of the tread in the driving direction. The larger the contact area and, as a consequence, lower ground pressure per square centimetre, the less danger there is of structural damage to the soil. The tyre’s tread pattern, featuring a curved tread cleat design, is intended to deliver excellent self-cleaning properties, minimise rutting and prevent damage to turf. With a relatively large cross-section height of the tyre, good tracking characteristics are essential to assure stability. Vredestein adds that, for transport work, the XXL is very comfortable with speeds up to 70 km/h. And even at high speeds, the tyre is said to have a low noise level.