Continental has launched its largest tractor tyre to date – the VF TractorMaster VF900/60R42 – with a diameter of 2,147 millimetres.
Weighing 450kg with a load index of 189 (10,300 kg), the tyre size is specifically designed to manage the weight, improve the grip, and reduce the impact of agricultural machinery with more than 300 horsepower.
Rising costs and the pressure to transport increasingly larger loads in a shorter time mean demand for powerful agricultural machinery is growing, says Benjamin Hübner, product line manager for agricultural tyres at Continental.
“This development not only demands top performance from machines, but also from their tyres. That is why we develop and test our agricultural tyres in close consultation with our customers.”
The trend toward large machines is the primary goal of working even more efficiently and cost-effectively. Continental launched five new tyre sizes of its VF TractorMaster last year to meet this demand.
VF technology enables the tyre to be driven with 40% more load at the same tyre pressure as a standard tyre – or 40% less tyre pressure at the same load. VF technology tyres are also more fuel-efficient than conventional tractor tyres.
Mr Hübner said: “The VF TractorMaster combines efficiency and soil preservation. The VF technology allows for a smooth transition from field to road without having to adjust the tyre pressure.
“At the same time, the impact of heavy machinery on the soil is minimised by a wider tread surface when working in the field.”