BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 26, 3026) — Titan International has developed what it claims is the largest farm tire in the world, the Goodyear Optitrac LSW 1400/30R46.
The tire was built as an alternative to tracks or conventional dual configurations on large four-wheel-drive (4WD) tractors.
Part of the Goodyear Extreme Flotation line with Low Sidewall Technology, Titan's new tire features a 1,400 millimeter-wide section width, thus providing an optimum combination of flotation, traction and ride quality, according to the company.
Titan debuted the tire at the recent Farm Progress Show in Boone. It will be available by the second quarter next year.
“We developed this tire to meet the growing demand for super-single flotation tires,” said Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan and Goodyear farm 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.”
Titan said the new tire is designed to help reduce compaction in any application where dual 710/70R42s or 800/70R38s are used. These standard dual configurations can cause pinch row compaction and rutting between the tires, Titan said, along with higher ground-bearing pressures under the tread.
The Quincy, Ill.-based tire maker claimed the Optitrac LSW1400/30R46 is specially suited to high-horsepower 4WD tractors, such as John Deere 9000-series or Case Steigers, and its larger rim diameter helps improves lateral stability and reduce occurrences of power hop in high draw bar applications, as well as “road lope” during high-speed transport.
At Farm Progress, Titan also announced that Deere & Co., Case IH and CNH Industrial's New Holland brand all are offering Goodyear LSW flotation tires as optional fitments on select new equipment purchases.
More information on the LSW is available at www.LSWadvantage.com.