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Implement Tires More Advanced Than Ever Before

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Crop genetics improve farmers’ yields, but stronger plant stalks take a destructive toll on implement tires. Bigger implements boost agricultural output, but the extra weight increases the risk of soil compaction. Growers are asking tire dealers for solutions, especially to combat stubble damage.
There are more implement tire options designed to solve a specific issue or provide a specific benefit than ever before, according to James Tuschner. He is founder of Ag Tire Talk, a blog devoted to helping growers, tire dealers and equipment dealers understand the growing complexity in agricultural tires.

At Tuschner’s agtiretalk.com blog, tire damage caused by ever-stronger hybrid stubble is the biggest concern raised by growers. For growers whose priority is stubble resistance, bias I-1 offerings now include specially formulated stubble resistant compounds and additional belt construction to thwart punctures, according to Tuschner. If reducing soil compaction and attaining higher speed are priorities, radial D speed rated tires are now being offered in both IF and VF (Increased Flexion/Very High Flexion) ratings.

In addition, implement tire tread patterns are evolving from traditional straight rib to improve roll. A traditional straight rib tread design, especially in muddy conditions, tends to plow through the field as opposed to roll, exacerbating soil compaction. New tread designs are engineered to continue rolling in varied conditions and applications, Tuschner says.

“The quest for implement tires to perform at higher speeds, with less soil compaction and with more stubble resistance will continue. Grower desire for more productivity with ever stronger hybrid crops is here to stay,” says Tuschner. “As a result, markets will continue to see a widening array of implement tire options to fit a specific need or solve a specific problem.”

At the original equipment level, Tuschner sees a shift from standard bias I-1 implement tires that have been in production for decades to the latest radial tires with larger cross sections, higher speed ratings, and IF/VF ratings, indicating a focus on higher speeds and reducing soil compaction.

Tuschner suggests dealers ask growers four questions to ensure the best tire for the application:

Are you satisfied with the tire you are using now?
Are you having issues with downtime caused by stubble-related punctures?
Are you seeing yields go down dramatically in traffic paths from soil compaction?
What is the application and speed you will be travelling?

Straight rib tires are going away

Equipment is more specialized now than at any time in mechanized agricultural history, according to James Crouch, marketing specialist at Alliance Tire Americas Inc. Agricultural implements traditionally have been fitted with standard farm tires. “Over the years, implement manufacturers have recognized the value of engineering tires to optimize the performance of their machines. The need for implements to be transported at higher speeds has inspired additional innovation.”

The growing popularity of the high-clearance sprayer, which really boomed with the introduction of no-till farming and Roundup Ready crops, is a natural for tire specialization, according to Crouch. “These sprayers end up spending as much time or more on the road as in the field, so the old-school R1 or tractor tires just aren’t up to the job.”

He says tires like the Alliance Agriflex 363 are designed with that profile in mind. “The 363 is an IF tire that features a center rib of sturdy tread blocks that provides stability and lateral traction on the road but it still provides excellent in-field traction and self-cleaning. Unlike a traditional ag tire, the 363’s heavy block-pattern center rib offers increased tread life and improved handling on the road.”

The Alliance 363 IF is a steel-belted radial. “That feature, along with the extra-flexible sidewall, allows us to create a longer, more even footprint, which is great for traction in the field as well as on the road. The steel belts also dissipate heat for longer service life on sprayers with high road hours.”

Crouch says a similar design in the Alliance Multi-Use 550 provides better flotation and excellent snow performance. “We have seen the 550 used on equipment ranging from heavy planters to self-propelled sprayers and combines, even tractors.”

Christopher Durbin, manager-OE at Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), notes that today’s implement machines weigh as much as 50,000 pounds. “The American farm is trending to large-scale production, which means larger machinery to cover more area in faster times. The massive implement machines need to be pulled by even bigger tractors, which leads to increased soil compaction,” he says.
“Traditional rib pattern-type implement tires must have significant increases in air pressure to accommodate these loads, which creates increased ground pressure. This causes the days of the simple, straight rib implement tires to be almost gone as operating at necessary higher inflation pressures causes significant soil compaction and rutting in the field relating to decreased crop yield.”
To alleviate soil compaction, BKT is designing tires that carry heavy loads while reducing the amount of ground pressure. BKT first addressed the need for a rejuvenated rib implement tire by designing the RIB 713, which utilizes IF technology to increase load capacities and transport speed abilities.

BKT has also recently introduced VF technology in the AW 711 radial implement tire. “The VF technology allows the tires to carry heavy loads at reduced air pressures, which helps to reduce the effects of ground pressure,” says Durbin.

“As with VF R1W tractor tires, VF metric implement tires can operate at 43% less air pressure than a traditional rib pattern of the same nominal overall diameter and section width for the load capacity requirement.”

Durbin says that by using these new implement tires on towed equipment with higher horsepower tractors, the farmer can keep field productivity high and increase crop yields.

Axle load is increasing, according to Brad Harris, manager of global agricultural field engineering at the Firestone Ag division of Bridgestone Americas Inc. “Firestone Ag is seeing an increase of axle load on implement tires. While the load requirements on implement tires are continuing to increase, tire sizes are being kept the same to fit in the same dimensional windows. As equipment manufacturers increase the width of implements, up to 60 feet wide in the field, the implement must fold to widths of less than 20 feet to travel on the road. When an implement folds, all of the weight is being carried by four tires.”

To address the issue of increased load, Firestone Ag has developed radial implement tires that follow IF and VF load formulas, according to Harris. IF and VF radial tires are standards that were adopted by the Tire and Rim Association in the late 2000s. “IF-marked tires carry 20% more load than a standard radial tire at the same inflation pressure, and VF-marked tires carry 40% more load than a standard radial tire at the same inflation pressure. These tires carry more load than same-sized bias tires at lower inflation pressures. Lower tire inflation pressure helps reduce soil contact pressures, which can improve crop yield. Radial implement tires also are D speed rated (40 mph) so they can carry the heavier loads at higher transport speeds.”

Travis Little, product manager for ag and construction at Carlstar Group LLC, says implement tire products are a focus in the company’s expanding aftermarket portfolio. “Each implement tire is unique and customized in its use for the job it is doing. This customization can be seen in the development of the tire, the compounds and materials used as well as the design of the tread. These elements will always be a trend for tire manufacturers.”

Laurent Le Dortz, director of marketing for agricultural and compact product line for Michelin North America Inc., notes that bias tires are no longer sufficient to carry the weight of larger implements. Reduced compaction and other benefits of six or eight low-pressure radial tires on a tractor are negated when it is pulling an implement fitted with eight, 12 or more high pressure bias tires.

To solve this issue, Michelin offers products such as the Michelin XP27 and Michelin CargoxBib heavy-duty and high flotation tires. “For manure tanks, bias tires are very large and have an impact on the soil by compacting it. This affects the productivity and crop success,” says Le Dortz.

Manure spreaders in Europe have been equipped with low pressure radial tires for more than 20 years, according to Le Dortz. In addition, farmers in many European countries have been using central tires inflation systems (CTIS) to avoid compaction, reduce fuel consumption on the road and in the field, and improve tire tread wear.

The Michelin CargoxBib high flotation tire, launched two years ago in the North American market, is especially designed for manure tank applications. “It is the only implement tire on the market which has been designed to work with CTIS. It offers a really low pressure capacity in the field, high casing endurance, a special tread design to optimize tread resistance and self-clean, and has exceptional road handling.”
Bob Snyder, regional sales manager at Specialty Tires of America Inc., says his company is seeing more demand for implement tires that are more resistant to stubble damage. “Our latest development tire to have this type of protection is our Stalk Buster tire. This tire has an improved rubber compound for greater tire protection while providing better flotation. Soil compaction is a major issue for farmers and demand for flotation tires is increasing.”
Larger farms and faster and larger tractors pulling bigger equipment at higher speeds are the main reasons for more vehicle-specific implement tires and tread patterns, according to Bill Dashiell, senior vice president of TBC Corp.’s commercial tire division. “These changes in equipment and the desire to reduce time between fields require products that will go faster, have increased load capacities yet also provide soil compaction reduction.”

He says the Harvest King Field Pro Highway Service FI tire is designed to transport implements and wagons at highway speeds while providing the stubble resistance and side traction needed in the field and on the road. The Department of Transportation (DOT)-approved tire is rated for 62 mph.

There also is an increase in VF and IF high flexion tire technology. “These tires provide a flatter footprint, have a higher weight capacity and increased speed capability while requiring lower air pressures and significantly reduced soil compaction. Zigzag designs are available with VF/IF technology which provide a smooth ride and increased stability on side hill usage. TBC offers the BKT VF and IF line of products to support our customers’ needs for VF and IF products,” says Dashiell.

Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager at Titan International Inc., notes that equipment is larger, but not different from earlier editions. Planters are one example. “There are 36-row planters now versus eight-row or six-row planters,” he says. “OEs have been fitting their larger planters and tillage equipment with radial tires for about 10 years. The ground bearing pressures in a radial tire are a little bit lower than a standard bias tire in most applications.”

Implement tires have morphed into 18, 22.5 and 26.5 sizes on some of these larger pieces of equipment, according to Sloan. “There’s some implement tires that are almost 40 inches wide and 50 inches tall.”

Titan sees a market with the old bias sizes that need replaced. “So instead of a 12.5 L15, you have a 230.70-15 radial tire. There’s an aftermarket potential for radialization that we’re just starting to dip our toe in here at Titan,” says Sloan. “Over the last five years, growers have become more aware of the issues of compaction and trying to yield as much as they possibly can and every little bit helps. You can have a tire carrying a planter running at 90 psi; you can go to a radial tire that runs at 56 psi; it’s a larger footprint so you have a lot less ground compaction to carry that same load.”
Expect more purpose-built tires
What’s in the pipeline for implement tires? Manufacturers told MTD the move toward bigger tires for bigger machines, heightened awareness of soil compaction, and the need for stubble-resistant products will lead to more purpose-built tires for implements.

Crouch, Alliance: Specialized patterns for manure tanks and skid steers are already very well accepted. With modern analytical tools, we know more than ever about issues like soil compaction that happen where tires interact with the ground’s surface, and we have become more skilled and creative at designing tires that perform better.

Compound development has also been a major focus. Part of the goal has been to optimize tread compounds for the combination of on-road and off-road use, which requires the right blend of scrub resistance, puncture resistance and the prevention of heat buildup. Since seed companies have perfected corn hybrids that ward off insect pressure and corn and wheat varieties that resist snapping or falling over in windy conditions, the other major goal is preventing puncture. That crop residue is like a field full of sharpened stakes after harvest, so rubber compound and construction have to be tougher than ever.

The bottom line is that equipment companies, tire experts and farmers are starting to recognize the immense value of selecting the best tire for the machine and the conditions — and that the best tire is not necessarily a traditional lug design.

Durbin, BKT: As world populations continue to increase, the demand for higher crop yields will push the limits of the machinery. Larger pieces of equipment are constantly being released which reduces input costs, i.e., man-hours and fuel usage. Implement tires will need to be technologically designed to combat against higher load capacities, stronger field stubble and increased transport distances. BKT is designing tires with IF and VF technology for the larger machines. BKT also uses stubble-resistant compounds in implement tires to resist against damage from today’s GMO crops. In addition, steel belts and radial technology have advanced the transport speeds of the implement equipment as well. Everything comes down to efficiency and productivity.

Harris, Bridgestone: As farm implements continue to get larger, the axle weights will continue to increase. Because of the configuration of the implements, it is difficult to use a tire with a diameter taller than 47 inches.

Little, Carlstar: We focus our efforts on the technology and performance of the specific tire and the requirements of our customers and our end consumers. We also focus on the aftermarket to ensure that the customers who purchase our products can find them readily available in the aftermarket. With a slight growth increase expected in the ag market in 2018, we will monitor original equipment and aftermarket trends.

Le Dortz, Michelin: Although the bias part of the market continues to be strong, I believe the advantages of yield, fuel saving, tread wear, casing endurance, comfort (for driver and machines) that radial tires exhibit will continue to make them more popular. Radial tires can be more expensive initially than bias but you need to look at the total value as a return on investment. Michelin radial tires price point can be higher; however, the value of ownership can be substantial.

Snyder, Specialty Tires of America: DOT-approved tires must be tested for speeds up to 55 miles per hour. There are many implement tires that are running on the highways that do not have this approval and this practice could be problematic if there is a tire failure. There is also equipment that is motorized using implement tires and these will need DOT approval.
Dashiell, TBC: Farms and equipment are both increasing in size and so will the need for farmers to have tires that will be able to handle higher speeds and weight capacities. Reducing soil compaction is a growing initiative and end user demand for VF/IF high flexion technologies will increase as a growing number of farm equipment manufacturers understand the payback on the investment in these high-tech tires will outweigh the cost of the initial investment in these tires. Europe has already heavily adopted VF and IF tires. While demand in North America is behind the adoption rate of Europe, the number of VF and IF tires sold will only continue to increase.
Sloan, Titan: Demand for radial replacement tires for conventional bias tires is not big on the radar just yet. But I think it will be. In aftermarket sales right now, it’s probably 5% to 8% replacement with radial implements. We’re working on developing our own line of radial implement tires for the aftermarket. We’ve been supplying John Deere and Case and others on the OE side with radial implement tires since 2009. All the newer sizes that are going on John Deere planter or tillage equipment are not switchable with the tires that are currently on the older pieces of equipment. Instead of a 12.5-L15 conventional bias tire, we may have a 380.60-18 size radial tire, so they just can’t take the tire off the rim and put our tire on. That’s why we’re coming out with a radial equivalent later this year or early next that will fit right onto the wheel. The end user will not have to buy a new wheel and tire in order to switch to radial.

Tips for finding the best implement tire

No grower wants to hear the words “flat tire” at planting or harvesting time. MTD asked manufacturers how tire dealers can better meet the needs of growers.

Crouch, Alliance: As with any consumer product, the most important thing for a salesperson is to understand the customer’s true needs. Some questions they need to consider asking are:

How much do you plan to road this equipment?
Do you plan to add any aftermarket equipment that will increase the machine’s weight?
How fast will you pull the implement?
Have you had tire problems in the past? What happened?
These questions will help steer the customer toward a tire that will fit their application. Especially with implement tires, replacing a worn out or failed tire with whatever came on the machine new can be less than ideal. For example, a fairly popular pattern on grain carts and manure tanks is a drive lug R-1W tractor tire. But these implements are often on free-rolling axles that don’t necessarily require that aggressive type of pattern. By asking a few questions, a dealer can discover that an R-1W tire isn’t necessary and instead a less aggressive R3 pattern will often far surpass the farmer’s expectations.

Durbin, BKT: Tire dealers need to be sure to ask the customers as many questions as possible. The answers will help the dealer to know the challenges that must be faced. A tire solution for one customer might not be the same for another. Market knowledge will provide the dealer the tools to stock the correct tires for their area.

The American Farmer Stalk Buster from Specialty Tires of America features a square tire profile shape for extra flotation with maximum stubble resistance.
The American Farmer Stalk Buster from Specialty Tires of America features a square tire profile shape for extra flotation with maximum stubble resistance.
Dealers should also have a complete understanding of tires’ effect on soil compaction. VF tires are more costly than traditional implement tires and require a new wheel (rim) in many cases. A dealer must have the knowledge to be able to discuss with the farmer the benefits of using the VF tires over traditional implement and show the farmer the return on investment for making the change. We suggest working with a farmer and documenting the changeover with that year’s harvest data and compare against previous harvests’ yields. In many cases, one usually sees a minimum of three times increase in crop yield over traditional implement tires. That expected increase is usually significant enough to the farmer to make the investment in the change.
Harris, Bridgestone: We encourage all dealers to talk with their customers about the total value of an implement tire. With the current economic forecast in agriculture, customers don’t want to spend more money than they need to. While radial implement tires may cost more up front, they are designed to carry today’s heavier equipment loads, whereas a less-costly bias tire may be overloaded. This overloaded condition will cause the bias tire to be removed early and could end up costing the customer more in the long run.

The Harvest King Field Pro Highway Service FI tire is DOT-rated for highway use. TBC says it has superior load capacity over comparable I-1 tires at field speeds.
The Harvest King Field Pro Highway Service FI tire is DOT-rated for highway use. TBC says it has superior load capacity over comparable I-1 tires at field speeds.
Little, Carlstar: Closer collaboration with manufacturers and suppliers to ensure complete product information and training for staff. In addition, joint efforts to help identify and engage the end consumers with information in both the retail and digital space. Connecting the OE parts with the aftermarket replacement parts is also key.
Le Dortz, Michelin: Total cost of ownership and downtime are key taking into account all the benefits from the new generation of radial implement tires, such as Michelin CargoxBib high flotation and heavy duty.

Snyder, Specialty Tires of America: Dealers should work closely with their customers. Get familiar with their business and continually look for opportunities to help them. This in turn will help you.

Dashiell, TBC: The main sizes for implements remain 9.5L-15, 11L-15 and 12.5L-15. Now is the time to educate the dealer on the advantages of going radial, IF/VF technologies and improved tread designs. All of the new technologies provide less pressure, increased footprint, and better trailing performance under a wide array of conditions.

The Stubble Guard tire from Titan features stubble-resistant compounding, eight body plies and four Kevlar belts in the tread and sidewalls for superior protection from sharp stalks.
The Stubble Guard tire from Titan features stubble-resistant compounding, eight body plies and four Kevlar belts in the tread and sidewalls for superior protection from sharp stalks.
Sloan, Titan: It’s all about product knowledge. For example, stubble damage on tires is one of growers’ biggest concerns. The OEs use a highway service tire on planters. That tire’s not designed to handle the stubble and residue. The reason OEs use that highway tire is that we as an industry allow them 20% plus-up in the load-carrying capacity of that tire if they operate under 30 miles per hour. For the OEs, it’s an easy engineering decision to put a highway service tire in a certain position and get 20% more capacity. Unfortunately, that tire’s not designed to handle that stubble. That’s why we developed our Stubble Guard line seven years ago for the heavier stubble residue.

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BKT Offers a Range of Spreader Tires

The latest tires for spreaders from Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) are designed to provide stability, load and flotation capacity, even on the most fragile soil.

The company says high load capacity, excellent stability and outstanding traction are basic characteristics for spreader applications. Tire flotation is just as important, which turns into extreme gentleness on the soil, so as to avoid the soil compaction.

Here are the detail’s on BKT’s tire lineup for spreaders.

BKT says the Agrimax RT 600 is ideal for soil tillage operations that require special attention
BKT says the Agrimax RT 600 is ideal for soil tillage operations that require special attention

Agrimax range

The Agrimax range consists of radial tires specifically developed for tractors. This range includes products that respect and protect the most delicate soils, but at the same time feature properties such as strength and high load capacity. Among the Agrimax tire models, one stands out specifically for spreaders.

BKT says the Agrimax RT 600 is a perfect mix of load capacity, excellent stability, high traction and gentleness, to ensure the lowest possible impact on the soil. It is ideal for soil tillage operations that require special attention.

The distinct tread pattern, its lower depth, the presence and arrangement of numerous lugs in addition to the particular rounded shape of the shoulder, make the tire a perfect solution, according to BKT. Five sizes are currently available: 620/75 R 26, 540/65 R 28, 800/65 R 32, 1050/50 R 32 and not least 650/65 R 38. For technical data and other details, visit the RT 600 product page on the company’s website.

BKT says the design of the FL 630 Ultra has been modified for more lugs, a reinforced bead area and a special tread pattern to grip on all kinds of soil.
BKT says the design of the FL 630 Ultra has been modified for more lugs, a reinforced bead area and a special tread pattern to grip on all kinds of soil.

Flotation models

BKT offers many Flotation models, specifically designed for trailers, tankers, and spreaders. The company says these tires are perfect for combined use on the road and in the fields, featuring excellent flotation properties for an extremely low impact on the soil.

The first of the various flotation models suited for spreaders is FL 630 Ultra. Its modified design featuring more lugs, the reinforced bead area and the special tread pattern ensure perfect grip on all kinds of soils, both on the road and in the field, with excellent self-cleaning properties.

Eight sizes are available: 500/60 R 22.5, 560/45 R 22.5, 560/60 R 22.5, 600/50 R 22.5, 710/40 R 22.5, 600/55 R 26.5, 650/55 R 26.5 and 710/50 R 26.5. For technical data and other details, visit the FL 630 product page on the company’s website.

The FL 639 has a a wide footprint to protects the soil from compaction.
The FL 639 has a a wide footprint to protects the soil from compaction.

FL 639 is also a flotation tire suited for spreaders. Its main characteristic is the wide footprint, which protects the soil from the compaction phenomenon. FL 639 also features a reinforced tread that contributes to a longer life cycle.

The available sizes are: 560/45 R 22.5, 600/50 R 22.5 and 710/40 R 22.5. For technical data and other details, visit the FL 639 product page on the company’s website.

Another tire for spreader applications is FL 630 Super, suited for multi-purpose use on any terrain, including road travel. Its large footprint allows perfect weight distribution on the ground, thus limiting soil compaction and allowing higher load capacity.

There are 10 available sizes: 560/60 R 22.5, 580/65 R 22.5, 600/55 R 26.5, 650/55 R 26.5, 650/65 R 26.5, 710/50 R 26.5, 750/45 R 26.5, 750/60 R 26.5, 650/65 R 30.5 and 750/60 R 30.5. For technical data and other details, visit the FL 630 Super product page on the company’s website.

The FL 630 Super is designed for multi-purpose use on any terrain, including road travel.
The FL 630 Super is designed for multi-purpose use on any terrain, including road travel.

The FL 630 Plus is designed primarily for agricultural use. The tread pattern provides excellent self-cleaning properties under any condition of use.

The FL 630 Plus also reduces soil compaction. Available on the market in five sizes: 560/45 R 22.5, 560/60 R 22.5, 600/50 R 22.5, 710/40 R 22.5 and not least 800/45 R 26.5. For technical data and other details, visit the FL 630 Plus product page on the company’s website.

BKT Offers a Range of Tires for Harvest Applications

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Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT)’s latest tires for operations from hay harvesting to crop transportation are designed for equipment such as harvesters, balers, and telehandlers.

The company says its extensive tire lineup takes into account the complex necessities of modern agriculture and is a concrete response to the most diverse application needs. BKT’s main goal is to make modern farmers’ work comfortable and to constantly improve productivity.

Here are the details on BKT’s tire lineup for harvesters, balers, and telehandlers.

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BKT says the Agrimax Teris is extraordinarily resistant to cuts and impacts due to stubble.
Conceived for high-power harvesters and spreaders, Agrimax Teris has excellent flotation properties that ensure optimal soil protection and top harvesting performance, since it is able to withstand even heavy loads. The company says the radial tire stands out for extraordinary traction and stability ensured by the optimized lug design, as well as by the reinforced shoulder. It is available in the following sizes: 620/75 R 26, 750/65 R 26, 620/75 R 30, 650/75 R 32, 800/65 R 32, 900/60 R 32, 1050/50 R 32 and 520/85 R 42.

Agrimax Teris also includes a version designed with IF technology – in the IF 580/80 R 34 size – conceived for transporting heavy loads at low pressure ensuring best traction in the fields.
The radial tire Agrimax RT 600 also is ideal for harvesters and spreaders, according to BKT. The tire offers a mix of excellent load capacity, optimal stability and excellent traction. The sizes currently available on the market are three: 620/75 R 26 (latest novelty presented at the recent Reifen fair in Essen), 800/65 R 32 and 1050/50 R 32.

Harvesters and bailers require tires that are delicate on the soil in order to reduce its compaction, but at the same time they need to be resistant to cuts and impacts with stubble, for instance. BKT says these are the distinctive traits of FL 635, a tire out of the BKT flotation range.
The block pattern of the FL 635 has been specifically developed for baler applications.
The company says its extraordinary flotation capacity results in lower impacts on the soil, preserving the land for later crops. It is perfect for both field and road use, and hence ideal for harvesters and balers used for frequent transfers. FL 635 is available in the sizes 620/40 R 22.5, 650/55 R 22.5 and 750/45 R 22.5.

The AW 711 for hay harvesters and balers has a unique tread and made of a special compound. BKT says the tire is extremely durable, both on soft and hard surfaces. During road transfers, the low rolling resistance turns into considerable fuel savings along with a significant increase in productivity. BKT offers AW 711 in five different versions: 340/60 R 16.5, 380/55 R 16.5, 400/60 R 18, 440/55 R 18 and 15 R 19.5.

For hay and crops handling and transporting, BKT has tires for telehandlers that are able to satisfy various needs, such as a high loading capacity, but also great stability and high resistance.
BKT says Multimax MP 522 is a multi-purpose radial tire for telehandlers that is ideal for both farming and industrial applications.
The company says such requirements are met by Multimax MP 522, a multi-purpose radial tire that is ideal for both farming and industrial applications ensuring best performance in any use and loading conditions. This tire stands out for its superior traction, thanks to the particularly aggressive tread design. The available sizes are 280/80 R 18, 340/80 R 18, 380/75 R 20, 400/70 R 20, 400/70 R 24, 400/80 R 24, 460/70 R 24 and 500/70 R 24.

BKT says extraordinary versatility is the distinctive feature of RT 747 Agro Industrial. This radial agro-industrial tire offers outstanding stability as well as excellent grip, according to BKT. Such qualities make it perfect for backhoe loaders, compact loaders and telehandlers. Provided with extra-large lugs optimizing stability and available in the sizes 460/70 R 24 and 500/70 R 24, RT 747 Agro Industrial is a multi-purpose tire and a valid support in many different applications.

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The BKT Tire Sponsors Monster Jam

Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) continued to build its brand internationally through sponsorship of the Monster Jam World Finals in Las Vegas, Nev., in March.

Monster Trucks facmaxresdefaulted the finals’ arena equipped with the BKT Monster Jam Tire, a purpose-built tire specially designed for Monster Jam by BKT, the event’s official and exclusive tire manufacturer.

BKT says it made itself known not only in the stadium, but also in the Pit Party area, open to all fans and enthusiasts. An customized Monster Truck with BKT logo, colors and, obviously, tires, caught the eye of the public, tempting the visitors to the Pit Party area. Surprises and gadgets captivated kids as well as adults, before the beginning of the show, according to BKT.

From 2014 to 2018, BKT is bound by an exclusive contract to Feld Motor Sports, the promoter of the Monster Jam events which every year thrills over four million spectators all over the world.

BKT says its sponsorship of Monster Jam has once more proved to be successful in terms of visibility and media exposure, strengthening both brand awareness and recognition internationally. (BKT) is an Indian-based tire manufacturer. The BKT group offers off-highway tires specially designed for vehicles in the agricultural, industrial, earthmoving, mining, ATV and gardening sector. BKT sells more than 2,300 products in over 130 countries.

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2016 Looks Promising for Construction Industry

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As the economy goes, forestry follows. And for forestry tire dealers, improvements in the economy and specifically the construction business are good signs for 2016.

“The forestry market has improved over several years ago,” says Jim Enyart, technical service manager for BKT Tires USA Inc.

Johni Francis, product manager for Titan Tire Corp., agrees. “The forestry market is heavily dependent on the state of the economy and the housing market. The economy is in a slight upturn, and we’re seeing a rise in residential development projects. This increases demand for lumber, which leads to increased production in the forestry industry. As production increases, new tire sales also increase.”

Still, loggers depend on durable tires. Bruce Besancon, vice president of marketing for Alliance Tire Americas Inc., says, “In the forestry segment, it’s all about puncture resistance and traction.”

Alliance will introduce new products in its Log Stomper and Log Monster series with enhanced tread compounds and tougher construction.

Francis says Titan is bringing new forestry products to market as well: the Titan 73×44.00-32 Logger Lug III, 73×50.00-32 Logger Lug III, 66×43.00-26 Logger Lug III, and the 66×43.00-25 Logger Lug III.

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BKT Shares Tips to Prevent Premature Tire and Drive Train Wear

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BKT Tires Inc. has released a technical paper explaining the effects of mismatched tires on heavy equipment productivity. The paper explains what contributes to tire mismatching and why it is detrimental to the bottom line.

Mismatched tires on heavy equipment can lead to reduced tire wear, increased fuel usage and compromised vehicle productivity, according to BKT Tires.

“The consequences of failure to maintain tire OD’s (overall diameter) within acceptable tolerances will result in excessive, premature tire and drive train wear,” says Ron Tatlock, manager of training and engineering for BKT Tires. “Mismatched tire ODs may also lead to increased fuel usage, reduced productivity, and compromised vehicle handling.”

BKT Tires invites heavy equipment users to download the paper to learn more common causes of premature tire and drive train wear. The paper is available for download at the BKT website.

Balkrishna Industries Ltd. is a specialty tire manufacturer headquartered in India. BKT Tires Inc., located in Brentwood, Tenn., is the North American OTR sales and service subsidiary for mining and heavy construction tires. BKT USA Inc. is the North American sales and service subsidiary for agricultural, industrial and light construction off-highway tires.

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BKT Sponsors Monster Jam Video Game

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As the official tire of the Monster Jam Championship Series, tires from BKT Tires USA Inc. are moving into video games, with the release of Monster Jam Battlegrounds.

Monster Jam Battlegrounds drops players into the excitement of Monster Jam by showcasing original tracks, obstacles, and spectacular performances with the roar of Monster Jam truck engines. Players choose from 23 famous Monster Jam trucks including the famous Grave Digger, Max-D, Monster Mutt, Son-uva Digger and El Toro Loco.

Monster Jam Battlegrounds is the first Monster Jam video game that can be downloaded directly from Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360 and PC Steam, and on July 14 it’s coming to the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3.

BKT banners are visible hanging in the arena, just like in real competitions, as video game players test their driving skills on 45 different tracks.

In a press release from BKT, the company said the video game “will no doubt add to the success of the brand and increase the number of fans who can now experience the thrills and excitement of the Monster Jam show even at home.”

Monster Jam is the world’s largest and most popular touring monster truck property and currently entertains over four million fans across the globe with more than 350 action-packed performances each year. Monster Jam is broadcast domestically on FOX Sports 1 and globally with television distribution in over 200 countries.

See a preview of the game here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUimer0yAUI

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BKT Has New Radial Tire for Farm Implements

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Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) has introduced a radial tire for farming implements featuring increased flexion (IF) technology. The new RIB 713 tire, size 280/70 R 15, is designed to reduce soil compaction and withstand punctures.

BKT says it developed the RIB 713 with IF technology as a response to the needs of modern agriculture for reduced soil compaction. IF technology allows for heavier load carrying capacity at the same inflation pressures as compared to a standard tire of the same size. This feature, along with a larger footprint area, provides uniform weight distribution and excellent flotation properties.

The new RIB 713 tire has steel belting for increased stubble and penetration resistance. BKT says this common risk, especially during harvest season, is a matter of increasing awareness and concern among American farmers who grow large-scale GMO products. These plants are incredibly husky leaving strong stubbles on the land that can ruin tires.

In addition, the “D” speed rating ensures that the RIB 713 tire runs up to 40 mph (65 km/h) on the road for quick travel from one piece of farmland to another. Currently available in size IF 280/70 R 15, this tire offers increased load capacity operating at standard inflation pressure, according to the company.

In a nutshell, BKT says its commitment to innovation and extensive experience in the field has led to the launch of a unique tire designed to provide optimum performance, protect the soil and deliver a long and trouble-free service life.

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BKT Expands its Earthmax Line-Up

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Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) has added three radial tires to its Earthmax line-up.

The new tires are designed for dumpers, loaders, dozers, and graders that operate in quarries, construction sites, mines, and other severe duty applications.

Like the other tires in the Earthmax line-up, the company says the new tires feature a reinforced and particularly resistant All Steel casing with rigid, non-directional blocks fostering better load distribution on the ground.

The Earthmax SR 47 is designed for rigid dump trucks that transport loads over the hardest earth surfaces, including rock quarries.

The deep, class E-4 tread pattern, featuring a particular lug design, improves traction and provides a longer tire life-cycle, ultimately reducing downtime, according to BKT. A cut-resistant compound withstands cracks and punctures.

The Earthmax SR 51 is designed for loaders in quarries and mines.

The Earthmax SR 51 is designed for loaders in quarries and mines.

For loaders that operate in quarries and mines, Earthmax SR 51 is a non-directional tire with excellent forward and backward performance and is ideal for digging and loading.

A squared shoulder design and the class L-5 special tread compound, which expels stones laterally significantly reducing the risk of puncture, increases life expectancy, according to BKT.

Earthmax SR 53, class L-5, is engineered for the same type of vehicles as the Earthmax SR 51, but also lends itself to operations on mining and rock quarries with particularly rocky land surfaces.

BKT says the tire is made of an extraordinarily cut-and-heat-resistant compound, while the self-cleaning tread expels rocks and other foreign matters. These two special features stand for both a long product life-cycle and great productivity.

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BKT Rolls Out New Ag Tires

BKT showcased two new agriculture tires – the Ridemax FL 693 M and Ridemax FL 698.
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Ridemax FL 693 M is designed for those who frequently travel on the road with trailers or tank trucks, BKT said. The Ridemax FL 693 has a D speed rating and a low rolling resistance, BKT said.

The Ridemax FL 698 is also designed for road use, according to BKT. The all-steel radial tire can achieve speeds up to 80 km/h (approx. 50 mph). The tire is designed for dumpers traveling from pits to sites, for tank trucks and manure spreaders, BKT said.

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