Titan debuts world’s largest farm tire at Farm Progress 2016
DES MOINES, IOWA — Titan International (“Titan”) is introducing the Goodyear OPTITRAC LSW1400/30R46 — the latest and largest addition to the lineup of Goodyear Extreme Flotation™ tires with Low Sidewall Technology™ (LSW®). As an alternative to tracks or conventional dual configurations on large 4WD tractors — its 1400 mm section width makes it the largest farm tire in the world, offering the best combination of flotation, traction and ride quality.
“We developed this tire to meet the growing demand for super-single flotation tires. Our customers — both end users and OEMs — are beginning to shift from the old mindset that standard dual configurations work well in every application. That’s simply not the case,” said Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires. “If a grower isn’t running between rows post-emergence, there’s really no reason to be running a dual configuration on any of their tractors, whether it is a MFWD or a 4WD. In fact, they could be causing unnecessary soil compaction by doing so. We’ve seen a lot of success bringing this concept into MFWD tractors and combines, but our customers wanted an option for 4WD tractors – and that’s why we’re introducing the largest farm tire in the world, which will be coming available by the second quarter of 2017.”
Practical applications, real results
The LSW1400/30R46 is part of the OPTITRAC family — Goodyear’s most popular R1W radial design. The new size is specially suited to high-horsepower 4WD tractors, such as John Deere 9000-series or Case Steigers, and is a perfect fit to reduce compaction in any application where dual 710/70R42s or 800/70R38s are currently being used. Whereas these standard dual configurations commonly cause pinch row compaction and rutting between the tires, along with higher ground-bearing pressures under the tread, the Extreme Flotation design spreads ground-bearing pressure across a wide, singular footprint for less soil disturbance.
Outfitted with LSW technology, the tire also has a larger rim diameter than standard tires — a Goodyear-exclusive design that improves lateral stability, and drastically reduces occurrences of power hop in high draw bar applications, as well as road lope during high-speed transport. The overall width of the machine is also reduced versus a standard dual configuration, which makes for easier roading and improved turn radius.
LSW flotation on a roll
The introduction of the OPTITRAC LSW1400/30R46 comes on the heels of the recent announcement that John Deere, Case and New Holland are all now offering Goodyear LSW flotation options for select new equipment purchases — including the Goodyear LSW1250/35R46, which up until now, was the world’s largest farm tire. These recent agreements are an indication of the industry’s move toward flotation sizes, as well as acknowledgement of the many performance benefits of LSW technology.
For more information on LSW, visit www.LSWadvantage.com.
Titan International, Inc. (NYSE: TWI), a holding company, owns subsidiaries that supply wheels, tires and assemblies for off-highway equipment used in agricultural, earthmoving/construction and consumer (including all terrain vehicles) applications. Titan Tire Corporation is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of off-highway tires. Production facilities are located in Freeport, Ill.; Bryan, Ohio; and Des Moines, Iowa; which also serves as the headquarters for the tire group. The company manufactures two distinct brands — Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires — known for their quality craftsmanship, unique tread designs and excellent durability.
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