DES MOINES, Iowa — Titan International Inc. has expanded its Goodyear Optitorque farm tire line with additional radial sizes that include new R-1 options for high horsepower tractors in arid farming regions; scraper applications; and sprayers, including large flotation options.
"Up until now these larger flotation sizes have only been offered in an R-1W tread, a tire designed for wet field conditions that has 20% to 25% deeper lugs than R-1 tires," Scott Sloan, Titan's ag product manager, said.
"We're seeing increased demand from original equipment manufacturers, dealers and customers in areas where an R-1 is more beneficial and cost-effective than an R-1W tire. We're excited to offer a solution for growers in these applications."
The deeper lug of the R-1W can cause field damage when heavy equipment is operated in hard-pan soil conditions. This damage may include lug or cleat marks, disrupted soil and end-row ruts, according to Titan. Long transport runs may also cause premature wear to R-1W tires.
Titan said the Optitorque R-1 tread pattern is better able to handle the demands of high-torque scraper applications on hard surfaces with less soil disruption.
The Optitorque features a wide lug base for smoother roading and less rutting in fields; a wide footprint for reduced ground pressure and soil compaction; and a large nose and shoulder design to reduce vibration on the road and promote stability.
Sizes include VF1000/50R25CFO and VF1050/50R32CFO sizes, with the expanded Optitorque lineup including: LSW710/65R46, VF1000/50R25CFO, VF1050/50R32CFO, 380/105R54, 380/80R38, 420/85R34, 480/80R50, 800/70R38, LSW680/50R46, LSW800/55R46, VF480/80R50 and LSW480/70R54.
These additional sizes complement the existing lineup of sizes ranging from 230 millimeter to 750 millimeter section widths.