Michelin North America Inc. is bringing a Kleber farm tire to the North American market. The Kleber Cropker is designed for applications when a narrow tire is needed to navigate rows of crops.
Made for equipment with small and medium capacity, such as self-propelled sprayers, towed equipment and tractors, the tire works through crops in 9- to 12-inch section widths, such as beets, strawberries, cane and grapes. The Kleber Cropker provides the benefits of optimized traction, a self-cleaning tread pattern, robust construction and improved plant protection. "Kleber has been responsible for many agricultural tire 'firsts', such as the first agricultural tire in 1948, the first tubeless tire in 1951 and the first radial agricultural tire in 1970," says David Graden, agriculture operational marketing manager for the Kleber brand. "Farmers dedicated to narrow-row crop application will experience excellent performance from this narrow tire while they protect their crops or vineyards."
The Kleber Cropker is designed with a 40 mph D-speed index and a high load capacity. In a free-rolling application, this tire can carry greater loads compared to its predecessor — the Kleber Super 3. The Cropker is designed with a robust casing, a new massive shoulder configuration, and a maximum-width tread for an optimized contact patch and long service life.
The tire also has a new lug pattern that helps promotes better steering and reduces "spoon effect," which improves soil protection. The lug shape is designed to retain little soil while operating in the field and to allow minimal tire slippage in soft and damp soil. In addition, the self-cleaning properties of the new generation tread-pattern architecture help keep the tire mud-free when field conditions are difficult. The Cropker can drive between rows without causing plant damage, which contributes to higher yields and profitability.
Here's the lineup of sizes, which cover a range of load capabilities:
230/95 R32, 230/95 R36, 230/95 R40, 230/95 R44 and 230/95 R48;
270/95 R32, 270/95 R36, 270/95 R38, 270/95 R42, 270/95 R44, 270/95 R46 and 270/95 R54;
300/95 R42, 300/95 R46 and 300/95 R52.
The Cropker is replacing the Kleber Super 3, except in these sizes: 210/95 R32 and 210/95 R40. Those tires will remain in the Super 3 portfolio.
For more information, visit the Kleber site here..