Michelin, big tyres need a big tractor

Contractor J.O. Straughan & Co Ltd has fitted its new range-topping Fendt 1050 Vario – believed to be the biggest-wheeled agricultural tractor operating in the north east of England – with the largest set of Michelin tractor tyres available.

Measuring 2.32m high by 0.9m wide, the AxioBib IF 900/65 R46 fitments offer a per-tyre load capacity of 10,600 kg and are rated for a maximum speed of up to 65 km/h and can operate at pressures as low as 0.8 bar, enabling farmers to benefit from the biggest possible footprint without compacting the soil.

Operations Manager at Straughan, David Dicinson said he specified a machine with tyres over tracks due to significant advances in tyre technology in recent times.

“These new Michelin tyres are on a par for traction with the best track systems available, even on very wet days. If you are doing a lot of road work, they are in a different league altogether when it comes to handling and ride comfort,” he added.

Other design features include deep lugs and a wide tread to reduce wheel slip and help to make full use of the tractor’s power. A reinforced bead construction helps absorb high forces while keeping the tyre fixed on the rim and allowing the tractor to transmit all its engine torque without harming the soil.

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