Trelleborg Is OE Option on Finalist for Tractor of the Year

Sept. 13, 2016

Trelleborg Wheel Systems' ProgressiveTraction tires have been selected as a unique factory-fit tire option on the new Massey Ferguson 6718 S, the world’s first 200hp four-cylinder tractor. The tractor is a finalist for the Tractor of the Year 2017 award in the open field category.

Campbell Scott, director of marketing services for Massey Ferguson Ltd., says: “The exclusive Trelleborg TM700 ProgressiveTraction and TM800 ProgressiveTraction tire options further improves performance by efficiently transferring the MF 6700 S tractor’s power and torque to the ground. Tested to the extreme in the Antarctica2 expedition, which took a standard MF 5610 wheeled tractor to the South Pole, these tires are proven to improve driver comfort, boost output, reduce soil compaction and cut fuel consumption.”

A field demonstration showcased Trelleborg's ProgressiveTraction technology in front of the tractor of the year international jury.

Two MF 6718S tractors crossed a 150 meter track with different tire fitments: the first one was equipped with Trelleborg TM800 ProgressiveTraction 650/65R38 and 540/65R28, while the second one was fitted with standard TM800 tires. These two tractors were linked together with a metal rope to a third Massey Ferguson 8730 break tractor fitted in Trelleborg TM1000 High Power with a heavy ballast. The rope was on a pulley so was free to move, enabling the tractor transferring the most power to the ground to pull away from the other one.

Lorenzo Ciferri, marketing director for Trelleborg agricultural and forestry tires, says “Test results demonstrated the unbeatable performance of Trelleborg ProgressiveTraction. While its two points of anchorage boost grip, the new design greatly reduces tire slippage to ensure maximum traction. The ProgressiveTraction technology boosts traction capability up to 18% compared to the average of the market. The reduced working time per hectare results in lower emissions and premium cost efficiency.”

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