Michelin has launched an additional five sizes for its AgriBib Row Crop IF, which is a specialist tyre for self-propelled and trailed sprayers, as well as for row tractors from 70 to 190 hp.
Michelin Extends Its Agriculture Tyre Range, Using IF-Rated Technology
Michelin’s AgriBib Row Crop IF (Improved Flexion) tyre is now available in the next generation, offering users a higher load capacity than the standard AgriBib Row Crop tyre, due to its higher IF-rated casing. The IF rating is a measure of the sidewall structure, which is more flexible than other tyres – allowing operators to carry more load at the same pressure, or to run the same load at a lower pressure when compared to standard tyres of the same size.
The specialist tyre is ideal for both self-propelled and trailed sprayers, as well as low to medium horsepower row crop tractors. Launched this year, the initial sizes were IF 380/90 R50 167A8/167B and IF 320/85 R38 151A8/151B fitments. Farmers and contractors can now also take advantage of the tyres in IF 380/90 R46 165A8/165B, IF 320/90 R54 159A8/159B and IF 320/90 R50 158A8/158B sizes.
Manufactured at Michelin’s Troyes plant in France, Michelin’s Customer Engineering Support Manager, Gordon Brookes said: Today’s sprayers have larger and larger tanks to increase productivity and reduce the number of trips a farmer has to make to refill. To adapt to this new trend, we have developed the Michelin AgriBib Row Crop IF range which allows a heavier load capacity to be carried at the same pressure compared to a standard tyre while having more lugs on the ground and improving traction in muddy conditions.
Brookes added: When these tyres are used on tractors that do not need an increase in load, the farmer can also work at a lower pressure due to the IF standard, resulting in reduced soil compaction.
All tyres in the new range benefit from Michelin Ultraflex technology which ensures a larger tyre footprint to protect the soil – improving crop yield and productivity, while their strengthened sidewalls make them extremely durable when operating at low air pressures.
In comparison to its predecessor, the AgriBib Row Crop IF has 14 per cent greater lug contact in the tread pattern, as well as a 20 per cent larger footprint, as discovered by research carried out by Michelin. It also has a deeper tread depth to improve traction, which is a core necessity in the agricultural sector.