Mitas launches VF agricultural tyre ranges
With Mitas Premium set to begin replacing the Continental brand name on agricultural tyres shipped to original equipment customers at the start of 2015, manufacturer Mitas has launched a key part of this line-up. The Czech Republic-based tyre maker has begun selling its Very High Flexion (VF) tyres – produced in its Otrokovice plant and in Charles City, Iowa (USA) – in global markets. For high-horsepower tractors, Mitas has released the VF 380/95R38 HC 2000 and VF 480/95R50 HC 2000. For sprayer applications Mitas has unveiled the VF 380/90R46 HC 1000. Further HC 2000 sizes, namely the VF 600/70R30 and VF 710/70R42, will follow shortly.
“The Very High Flexion tyre range extension proves Mitas’ competence in developing tyres for the largest and most demanding of machinery segments. VF tyres are the backbone of Mitas Premium product offer,” said Andrew Mabin, Mitas’ marketing and sales director. “Mitas developed the Very High Flexion tyres to meet the demand of increased load and speed required by the highest horsepower agricultural machinery.”
Mitas is also the sole tyre manufacturer to supply Very High Flexion tyres for new Case IH Magnum Rowtrac tractor. The VF 380/95R38 HC 2000 tyre was shown fitted to the Magnum Rowtrac when the tractor was unveiled to the media in the USA. Mitas VF HC 2000 tyres are a standard fitment on Case IH Magnum Rowtrac tractors.
The main advantage of VF tyres is that they maintain constant tyre pressure at any speed. The VF’s larger footprint leads to less soil compaction and increased mobility under difficult and wet soil conditions. For instance the VF HC 2000 tyre has a ‘B’ speed category, allowing speeds of up to 50 km/h with a maximum load of 7750 kg. When compared with the standard tyre the VF tyre enables 40% more load. The special feature of the Mitas VF rated tyres is the highly flexible sidewall allowing for extended footprint competing shoulder to shoulder with the increasingly popular rubber tracks.
Pavel Kott, agricultural tyre product manager at Mitas, reports that a further VF line will soon join those the tyre maker has launched: “Currently, the Very High Flexion tyre for harvesters is under development. It will be marked VF HC 3000, and Mitas will introduce it at the beginning of 2015.”