Mitas showcasing Super Flexion Tyre
Mitas has debuted its Super Flexion Tyre (SFT) at SIMA, the international agricultural exhibition, in Paris. Mitas SFT tyres are made for high-horsepower tractors (>180 hp). Mitas has been selling American-made SFT tyres in North America since summer 2012. The SFT tyre on display at SIMA has been manufactured in Europe.
“Mitas’ Super Flexion Tyres compete with the Improved Flexion concept,” said Andrew Mabin, marketing and sales director. “The SFT enables the flexibility of variable inflation pressure and optimal performance according to application. SFT is Mitas’ response to the compromised performance of one-pressure-for-all Improved Flexion tyres. Original equipment manufacturers require each element of farm machinery to contribute to the overall performance, including tyres,” Mabin added.
“Mitas SFT draws on the performance of Continental SVT farm tyres,” said Mabin. “Mitas has been successfully manufacturing Continental agricultural tyres since 2004, under licence. The SFT concept will appeal to European original equipment manufacturers and farmers alike,” added Mabin.
“The hallmark of SFT is gentle ground-handling,” Mabin said. The SFT tyre on display is 900/60 R42. This tyre exerts a ground pressure reduced by 33 per cent when compared with an IF tyre of the same size. The tyre on display has a contact area (flat plate) of 4,800 cm2 and nominal load of 8 tonnes.
The 900/60 R42 tyre is currently the largest and heaviest Mitas farm tyre. It weighs 426 kg and has a diameter of 2.15m. Its recommended inflation pressure spans from 0.8 to 2.8 bars depending on speed and load.
At SIMA, Mitas presented various tyre sizes that are going to extend its major tractor, combine and farm implement tyre lines, such as Continental CHO, SVT, HC70 and Mitas RD-03, AC70T, AC85 and Agriterra 03. For example, the new 320/90 R54 Mitas AC85 increases the number of sizes in the Mitas row-crop series to 17.