Mitas extends flotation tire sizes

Feb. 17, 2015

Mitas a.s. is adding nine new sizes in the Agriterra 02 and Agriterra 03 flotation radial tires. They will be available in March 2015.

One of the main advantages of Agriterra tires is their low operating costs with a positive impact on fuel consumption, the company says. Steel belt construction ensures higher loads, stability at higher speeds of more than 30 km/h and improves the tire's puncture resistance. Agriterra’s tread features larger tread voids, improving the self-cleaning properties of the tire. Thanks to the tread pattern, Mitas flotation tires have an 11% larger tread contact area than premium competitors and 22% larger than competitors with a traction type of tread pattern.

Pavel Kott, Mitas' product manager for agricultural tires says the company will have 12 variations of flotation radial tires during the first quarter of 2015. “Mitas is oriented on what benefits farmers. Flotation tires can bring them higher yields thanks to lower soil compaction caused by flotation tire during field operation.”

With Agriterra, farmers can save on fuel costs, the company says. In comparison with premium competitor tires, fuel consumption during road transportation at 30 km/h is 8% lower. During field operation at 10 km/h, fuel consumption is 9% lower. These characteristics of Mitas Agriterra flotation tires are achieved through the unique design of the tire tread pattern.

A deep tread ensures better tire life. Mitas flotation tires can work at as low a pressure as one bar up to four bars. Better pressure distribution has a positive impact on soil compression. While comparing Agriterra with premium competitors, the permanent compression of soil after crossing of the trailer is 4% lower and even 14% lower compared with competitors with a traction type of tread pattern. Pressure can be adjusted according to application or depending on the type of surface. Agriterra tires are compatible with central inflation systems for easy and quick change of tire pressure.

Agriterra 02 850/50R30.5 IMP will be Mitas’ largest flotation tire. With a diameter of 1.6 meters and a radial steel belt construction, the 850/50R30.5 has a ‘D’ speed category allowing speeds of up to 65 km/h boasting a maximum load of 8,500 kg at 400 kPa. It will be displayed during the Paris International Agri Business Show (SIMA), Feb. 22-26, at Mitas stand E016, Hall 3.

Mitas will add these nine new sizes to the Agriterra lineup:

750/60R30.5 IMP       Agriterra 03

650/65R26.5 IMP       Agriterra 02

850/50R30.5 IMP       Agriterra 02

710/45R22.5 IMP       Agriterra 02

650/55R26.5 IMP       Agriterra 02

710/45R22.5 IMP       Agriterra 02

560/60R22.5 IMP       Agriterra 02

600/50R22.5 IMP       Agriterra 02

800/45R26.5 IMP       Agriterra 02