Michelin is launching a new CargoXBib High Flotation trailer tyre, with four VF-rated sizes designed to minimise soil compaction. The VF 650/55 R26.5, VF 600/55 R26.5, VF 710/50 R26.5 and VF 750/60 R30.5 utilise the latest Michelin Ultraflex Technology, increasing flexibility and, therefore, having even less impact on the soil than the existing CargoXBib High Flotation range.
Michelin’s CargoXBib High Flotation tyres will be fitted to a further two Stewart trailers run by York crop farmer Wharram and Kay, following a trial which pitted them against the standard technology CargoXBib 560/60 R22.5 fitments previously favoured. The 650/55R26.5 tyre, which features Michelin’s patented Ultraflex technology, was credited by the prominent farmer and contractor with vastly improving the efficiency of its operation. Roger Kay, co-owner of Wharram and Kay, noticed that the High Flotation tyres provided a reduced rut depth, greater load-carrying capacity at higher speeds and improved contact with the ground.
Yorkshire-based Coast to Coast Recycling is benefitting from a 75 per cent reduction in its tyre puncture and repair bill after adopting a Michelin CargoXBib High Flotation tyre policy across its fleet of agricultural slurry tankers.
The pressure to produce higher yields at lower prices is a theme common to most aspects of the agricultural industry; dealing with that pressure is, both literally and figuratively, the task of tyres fitted to the larger, more powerful machinery designed to deliver on this goal. For tyre manufacturers, field tests and demonstrations with the farmers’ and contractors’ own equipment provide the best opportunity to show how their particular products and solutions can help them to achieve increased productivity. It also allows those brands who work most closely with original equipment manufacturers to demonstrate their tyres’ interaction with agricultural machinery and components such as central tyre inflation systems. Tyres & Accessories recently visited Maxwell Farms, near Turriff in Aberdeenshire, to see Michelin conduct such a demonstration.
Stewart Trailers has specified Michelin’s new CargoXBib Heavy Duty trailer tyres as original equipment on its latest Road King XV 20 26 S trailer. The agricultural trailer manufacturer chose the 560/60 R 22.5 fitment as an option for its new trailer. The new tyre replaces the original CargoXBib, and has been designed to increase longevity on the road and boost self-cleaning properties. Its high load capacity is almost 8,300kg per tyre, with a durable casing structure.
Seven tractor-driving finalists in the European Drivers Challenge have been invited to the Michelin Technical Innovation Centre Test Circuit in Ladoux, France to demonstrate how best practice can affect tractor performance. Each participant will get his own John Deere 6215R AutoPowr tractor, pulling a heavy 20t Joskin two axle trailer. The tractors will be equipped with Michelin MachXBib tyres, with trailers featuring Michelin CargoXBib High Flotation tyres. The participants will be challenged to select their own strategy of tractor settings and tyre inflation pressures.
Dorset-based agricultural contractor, Bernard Cox Ltd is replacing one Michelin CargoXBib for another after the tyre registered five years’ service. The contractor, which works mainly on arable and grassland contracts in the Dorchester area, specified the CargoXBib 560/60 R 22.5s as original equipment on a fleet of new trailers. The tyres are now being replaced as the tread has worn sufficiently due to the intensive work they have undertaken.
Michelin has expanded its range of Ultraflex technology tyres with the launch of the CargoXBib High Flotation tyre for trailers and farm machinery. The product is the first trailer tyre containing the technology, which is designed to offer farmers increased productivity and profitability through lower operating pressures. The manufacturer says dedicated agricultural trailer tyres could be an attractive alternative to remould truck products, as farmers come under increasing pressure to increase yields with greater efficiency.