A new hybrid tractor tyre from Continental aims to help with demanding road-to-field transitions during silage work.
The high flexion VF tyre is fitted with a pressure monitoring sensor and has a tread pattern that offers comfort and durability on the road – while protecting the grass sward in the field, says Continental agricultural tyre specialist Richard Hutchins.
“Hybrid tyres are safer, more efficient and offer better comfort to the operator,” he explains. “Pressure sensor technology is the future of tyre functionality because tyres can run at the optimum pressure on the road and in the field.”
The Continental VF TractorMaster Hybrid tyre tread is designed to be comfortable on the road and grippy in the field. Linked to a terminal in the cab, the tyre sensor helping the operator choose an the most appropriate air pressure depending on the conditions.
Underinflated tyres on the road increase fuel consumption, while overinflated tyres in the field lead to increased soil compaction. Coupled with onboard inflation technology, tyre pressure can be adjusted without leaving the tractor.
The tyre was developed using computer modelling at Continental’s agricultural facility in Lousado, Portugal. “This tyre has been specifically designed for users frequently transitioning from field to road. It is perfect for silage making and tractors travelling long distances on the road.”
Heavier, more powerful tractors are increasingly being used on the road. The need to reduce wear through road use has inspired the design of the new hybrid tyre, adds Mr Hutchins. It can carry 40% more load than a standard tyre at the same pressure.
“Heat build-up through heavy road use causes conventional tyre rubber to soften and wear more quickly. However, the tread design of our new hybrid tyre helps to reduce the temperature of the tyre which reduces the wear rate.”
The structure of the VF tyre carcass is more resistant than standard tyres so it can operate at lower pressures or higher speeds depending on conditions. This makes hybrid tyres a popular choice for silage and harvest work where large loads are transported long distances.