Titan International Inc. has expanded its R-1 flotation offerings to the Goodyear Optitorque tire line with 12 additional sizes. Titan says the R-1 Optitorque options are designed for high horsepower tractors in arid farming regions, plus scraper applications and sprayers, including large flotation options.
“Up until now these larger flotation sizes have only been offered in an R-1W tread, a tire designed for wet field conditions that has 20 to 25% deeper lugs than R-1 tires,” says Scott Sloan, ag product manager at Titan. “We’re seeing increased demand from original equipment manufacturers, dealers and customers in areas where an R-1 is more beneficial and cost-effective than an R-1W tire. We’re excited to offer a solution for growers in these applications.”
The deeper lug of the R-1W can cause field damage when heavy equipment is operated in hard-pan soil conditions. This damage may include lug or cleat marks, disrupted soil and end-row ruts. Long transport runs may also cause premature wear to R-1W tires. Titan says the Optitorque R-1 tread pattern is better able to handle the demands of high-torque scraper applications on hard surfaces with less soil disruption.
The Optitorque features a wide lug base for smooth roading and less rutting in fields; a wide footprint for reduced ground pressure and soil compaction; and a large nose and shoulder design to reduce vibration on the road and promote stability.
The 12 new sizes available are:
These new additional sizes complement the existing lineup of sizes ranging from 230 millimeter to 750 millimeter section widths. Titan says it's the first tire maker to offer the VF1000/50R25CFO and VF1050/50R32CFO sizes.
For more information, visit www.titan-intl.com.