WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Americas Inc. (ATA) has added a high-flexion (VF) radial, the Agriflex+, to its 381-series implement tire line for use on cultivators, disks, farm wagons, utility trailers and other implements.
The Agriflex+ launches in one size, VF320/70R15 154D, as replacement for the 12.5L-15 size in the 381 series. It's available in the U.S. and Canada.
The VF-version of the 381 can operate at inflation pressures as low as 15 psi, ATA said, reducing soil compaction versus bias-ply and conventional radial tires. The new tire also features steel belts and a stubble-resistant rubber compound to reduce the risk of stalk damage in no-till fields.
James Crouch, ATA's national product manager — agriculture, noted that the Agriflex+ 381 is the only tire in its size on the market with steel-belted construction, which adds a layer of puncture resistance in the field and more uniform heat dissipation when making road transits.
The tire's zig-zag rib pattern and aggressive shoulder lugs help ensure traction while protecting grass, forage and cover crops from damage, ATA said. The broad, even footprint reduces soil compaction, and the tire's D speed rating permits operation at up to 40 mph at proper load and inflation pressure.
Mr. Crouch added that ATA's entire Agriflex+ range of tires is designed to help farmers protect soil health by reducing compaction, not just with VF tires on their tractors and combines.
"We are committed to creating tires that meet the real-world challenges that face today's farmers," he said, "from the need to protect fields from the weight of large equipment to the pressure to operate across long distances."