In the UK there is no obligation for farmers to fit winter tyres, which is somewhat of a novelty, as various European countries now have legislation for winter tyres, so, as Baek from YOHT argues, this does affect the demand for the tyres. On top of this, agricultural activities are more tied up with the summer calendar, especially with pastoral farming. These factors contribute to a low level of demand for winter-specific agricultural tyres in the UK. Baek adds, “This could be a reason for manufacturers not to invest in this market by introducing new and specific winter tyres, but fitting them is definitely a great solution as summer tyres tend to lose their effect during cold winters.”
Still, Baek at YOHT believes that winter tyres do have a point of difference. Summer tyres tend to lose some of their elasticity during the cold winter months. In the colder regions of the UK, including Scotland and parts of Northern England, there is a stronger demand for tyres, as well as local authority users, who run their machinery all year round. For users who are considering winter tyres, YOHT suggests that while they have a surplus in case of a colder-than-average winter, if there is more of a demand, that users should order their winter tyres in advance to be suitably prepared.
Winter Tyres Preparation Key for Agricultural Users to Ensure a Comfortable Winter Season
Sales have remained strong and stable for YOHT, with the manufacturer's presence in the OTR sector nicely established. We quizzed the manufacturer and Baek on which tyre has received high sales and equally high feedback.
The 551 Multiuse Professional tyre is one of the company's bestsellers. A specially designed tyre for tractors and agro-industrial machines, the tyre can function easily when dealing with snow and ice. YOHT explains that this is due to its unique tread design with sipes that maintain a superior grip in icy conditions. The tyre can also get to speeds of 65 kilometres per hour. Its durability is down to its steel-belted construction and, importantly in winter, it maintains smooth functioning in sub-zero temperatures.