Michelin debuts new CerexBib size
Leading UK farm machinery show, LAMMA opened today at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground, Winthorpe, with Michelin using the show as an opportunity to exhibit its latest addition to the range of sizes for its CerexBib combine harvester tyre. The IF (Improved Flexion) 800/70 R38 CFO (Cycling Field Operation) is a direct reaction to some of the largest machines expected to be delivered to customers this year. The CerexBib is designed to protect fields and deliver higher load capacity for a narrower width, helping large grain farmers, contractors and farm machinery cooperatives, according to Michelin.
The IF 800/70 R 38 CFO has a diameter of 2.05 metres, therefore offering high ground clearance for harvesting in difficult soil conditions as well as a larger footprint for delivering enhanced traction and front grip when on sloping ground.
Mike Lawton, commercial director of Michelin’s Agricultural and Construction division in the UK and Republic of Ireland, says: “Farmers and contractors are always looking at ways to improve their harvest productivity and as a result we are seeing more powerful and heavier machinery coming onto the market. The issue with this is that this increased weight plays a major factor in soil compaction, load capacity and of course, traffic regulations.
“After launching the CerexBib back in 2010, we helped to alleviate many of these problems. However, what makes the IF 800/70 R 38 CFO CerexBib tyre stand-out in particular is its ability to handle a significantly greater load capacity than a conventional 900/60 R 38 tyre.
“In effect, it allows a manufacturer to build a harvester to its own weight specifications without exceeding a width of 3.5 metres – the maximum width that a combine harvester can be without requiring an escort under EU law.”
Michelin will launch its second new CerexBib size of 2012 in May, when the IF 900/60 R 38 CFO goes on sale.