Alliance Tire Americas Inc. has expanded its ag tire lineup with the introduction of the Alliance Agriflex+ 881, a new, all-steel very high-flexion (VF) tire for heavy farm implement applications.
The tire, which is rated for road speeds up to 40 miles per hour, is available in three popular sizes -- VF 295/75R22.5, VF 255/70R22.5 and VF 445/65R22.5—with four more on the way soon.
Alliance’s Agriflex+ product line uses extremely flexible sidewall technology to improve load-carrying capacity and reduce soil compaction, according to Alliance officials.
“The VF tires designated as Alliance Agriflex+ radials can carry as much of a load as a conventional radial tire at 40% less inflation pressure, reducing soil compaction force by about 40%."
"We are dedicated to what we call our whole-farm concept, where we look at every machine that touches the field and seek to provide farmers with a low-compaction tire to help protect their yield potential," says Nick Phillippi, national product manager, Alliance.
"When you look at research about soil compaction—which can reduce yields for years—you see that it's caused not just by the heavy, high-profile machinery like tractors and combines or sprayers, but also from planters and drills, grain carts, and all sorts of other towed equipment."
The Alliance Agriflex+ 881 boasts a number of features, including a cross-cutting rib tread pattern that provides better traction on loose soil and spreads load evenly to reduce compaction; all-steel construction to resist punctures and maintain a longer footprint; rugged steel radial belts and woven steel carcass plies that dissipate heat more effectively than other cord materials found in many radial tires; and Alliance's stubble guard compound, which is optimized to reduce road wear, as well as damage from crop residue.
The Alliance Agriflex+ 881 implement radial is a complement to the Alliance 381 Agriflex IF and VF line, “a series of steel-belted radial flotation tires with a distinctive lightning-bolt rib tread pattern designed as replacement tires for smaller conventional implement sizes that deliver higher speed and higher load capacity,” according to Alliance officials.