Titan International Inc. announced that its Goodyear Farm Tires brand has launched four new Low Sidewall (LSW) tire/wheel assemblies for tractors, combines and sprayers.
The LSW design features a larger rim diameter and shorter sidewall as compared to standard tires, which results in increased stability, reduced road lope, reduced power hop, reduced soil compaction and increased transport speeds, all claims that are backed up by years of field-testing by end users, notes Titan.
“As the only manufacturer of both wheels and tires for agriculture, we’ve been undergoing a very aggressive research, development and field-testing effort of LSW technology for more than a decade, and after consistently witnessing LSW assemblies outperform standard tires in the field, we’ve decided to expand the lineup extensively,” says Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan Tire and Goodyear Farm Tires.
The Goodyear Custom Flo Grip 1250/35R46 LSW was designed in collaboration with a Tennessee-based multi-line tire dealer whose customers needed a high-flotation option with R-2 treads for rice and cane applications, but were having serious issues with road loping during transport with the existing (competitive) 1250-sized tires on the market.
The Custom Flo Grip brings the best of both worlds in terms of flotation and traction, as well as smooth roading, the company notes. Designed for combine front position as an alternative to standard 1250/45-32s or dual 510s, the tires feature a deep R-2 tread designed with a flatter profile for smoother roading while still achieving excellent traction and flotation in extremely muddy field conditions.
The shorter sidewall of the LSW design greatly reduces the sidewall recoil that results in road lope, helping improve transport speeds, operator comfort and productivity.
The Goodyear Optiterra 1000/40R32 LSW falls within the Goodyear Extreme Flotation category. It is designed for the front position on MFWD tractors in collaboration with an 1100/45R46 LSW rear. The Extreme Flotation setup offers a number of benefits over a traditional dual setup, including a 20% increase in contact area and lower inflation pressures for reduced soil compaction.
The Goodyear Optitrac IF710/60R46 LSW is designed for use on 4WD tractors, MFWD tractor rears, combine fronts and sprayers (for flotation) as alternative to standard 710/70R42 or narrow duals. It features Increased Flexion (IF) that allows for carrying loads at 20% lower inflation pressures than standard tires, resulting in reduced soil compaction. The LSW design results in reduced road lope and power hop.
The Goodyear Super Traction Radial IF710/60R30CFO LSW is designed for use on MFWD tractor fronts and combine rears as an alternative to standard 28LR26 tires. IF allows for carrying loads at 20% lower inflation pressures, resulting in reduced soil compaction. Cyclic Field Operation (CFO) handles 55% higher loads when traveling less than 10 mph, notes Titan, and the LSW design results in reduced road lope and power hop.
To get the full story on LSW technology and to see what growers have to say, visit www.LSWadvantage.com.
Goodyear Farm Tires is American-owned and manufactured by Titan Tire Corp., a subsidiary of Titan International Inc., in Des Moines, Iowa, and Freeport, Ill. For more information on Goodyear Farm Tire products and services, visit the company’s website at www.titan-intl.com or email Titan International at [email protected].