CONTINENTAL has launched its largest tractor tyre to date, the VF TractorMaster VF900/60R42. With a diameter of 2,147 millimetres, the tyre weighs 450 kilogrammes and has a load index of 189 (10,300kg).
The tyre size is specifically designed to manage the weight, improve the grip, and reduce the impact of agricultural machinery with over 300 horsepower.
Rising costs and the pressure to transport increasingly larger loads in a shorter time mean that the demand for powerful agricultural machinery is growing. Benjamin Hübner, product line manager for agricultural tyres at Continental, said: “This development not only demands top performance from machines, but also from their tyres. That is why we develop and test our agricultural tyres in close consultation with our customers.”
The trend toward large machines is the primary goal of working even more efficiently and cost-effectively. In 2022, Continental therefore launched five new tyre sizes of its VF TractorMaster (650/60 R34; 650/65 R42; 710/75 R42; 650/65 R34; 710/60 R34).
Thanks to VF technology, the tyre can be driven with 40 per cent more load at the same tyre pressure as a standard tyre or 40 per cent less tyre pressure at the same load. In addition, tyres with VF technology operate more fuel-efficiently than conventional tractor tyres.
Hübner commented: “The VF Tractor-Master combines efficiency and soil preservation. The VF technology allows for a smooth transition from field to road without having to adjust the tyre pressure. At the same time, the impact of heavy machinery on the soil is minimised by a wider tread surface when working in the field.”
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