Michelin North America Agricultural Tires says that this harvest, farmers will be able to mount larger-volume straddle dual radials on their combines and straddle 30-inch rows without changing rims with the new Michelin MegaXBib 580/85R42 168A8/168B.

The tire extends the Michelin MegaXBib line to include another high-capacity straddle dual option for North American harvesting equipment.

“Flexible sidewalls, ultra-low tire pressures and an extra-large air chamber result in a comfortable ride for the operator with excellent handling and stability,” says James Crouch, farm segment marketing manager for Michelin North America Agricultural Tires.

“This tire carries heavy loads and reduces soil compaction all while staying on the factory DW 18x42 wheel.”

The Michelin MegaXBib is designed for situations where floatation and reduced compaction are critical and, with its narrow width, doesn’t interfere with 30-inch row spacing. A huge footprint with a special casing design allows the tire to carry extremely heavy loads at relatively low pressures, notes Michelin.

A flat, stable tread helps to maximize floatation while minimizing soil compaction. The tire can bear the weight of increasingly large combines with 400- and 450-bushel bins, 16-row headers and front-axle weights of 50,000 pounds, and it still helps reduce soil compaction over traditional radials. The tire will be available later this year.
Visitors to the 2013 Farm Progress Show, Aug. 27-29, 2013 in Decatur, Ill., will be able to see a demonstration of the Michelin MegaXBib and the Michelin MachXBib.

 that shows how the choice of ag tires can affect equipment performance. Michelin equipped a John Deere 9870 STS combine with a 12-row header filled with corn. Two sets of tires have been mounted on the combine. On one si-Your data has been truncated.

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