Alliance Releases VF Tire for Floaters & Grain Carts
The latest flotation radial tire from Alliance Tire Americas Inc. brings very-high flexion (VF) sidewall technology to floaters, spreaders and grain carts. The Alliance Agriflex+ 377 is designed to improve performance and reduce soil compaction, the company says.
"The new Alliance Agriflex+ 377 radial is built to be tough on one hand — with steel radial belts, a reinforced carcass and a new stubble-guard compound — and gentle on the other, with great flotation and rounded shoulders to minimize ruts," says Nick Phillippi, national product manager for agriculture at Alliance.
"The Agriflex+ 377 also has deep, curved lugs for dependable traction in the field on both flat and hilly terrain. Those lugs overlap in the center to deliver a smoother ride and reduced wear on pavement. This is a tire designed for big, heavy equipment that needs to work hard in the field and on the road while protecting soils from compaction that could otherwise limit yield for years."
Phillippi says the lug and shoulder design of the Alliance Agriflex+ 377 are optimized to eject mud and residue to the side, and as a result maintain traction while reducing stubble damage.
"The Alliance Agriflex+ 377 is protected from stubble damage in two key ways — by our latest stubble-guard compound and by its ability to eject crop residue," Phillippi says. "It's a whole new level of resistance to stubble damage."
The tire is available in three sizes: VF 750/50R26, VF 1050/50R32 and VF 1000/50R25. Additional sizes are in development, the company says.
Phillippi points out that Alliance Tire Group developed the industry's first radial flotation tire in the 1990s, and added the first VF flotation radial in 2015. "We felt we were already leading this segment in performance and overall value, but we feel this new Alliance Agriflex+ 377 will really raise the bar," he says.