Michelin has introduced a new version of its MachXBib and a new range of TrailXBib agricultural tyres. The new version of the MachXBib features a revised tread pattern which the firm say has been designed to improve endurance, traction and resistance to stubble damage.
The new design will initially be launched in three sizes traditionally used on the tractor’s front axle – 600/65 R28 154D/150E, 600/70 R28 157D/154E and 600/70 R30 158D. The tyre is suited for tractors in the 160-300hp region. Michelin says the new tyre delivers a greater load capacity on the front axle. This is down to its ability to be inflated to higher pressures. At 2.4 bar, the new 600/70 R30 158D MachXBib offers a front axle load capacity of up to 9,780kg in field conditions and at speeds of up to 30km/h.
The previous generation tyres in this size offered a maximum inflation pressure of 1.6 bar for 30km/h operation, giving a front axle load of 8,400kg in field conditions.
Michelin has also introduced the TrailXBib, a new range of agricultural tyres for trailers, spreaders and slurry tankers. The TrailXBib will initially come in two sizes – VF 560/60 R22.5 and VF 650/55 R26.5 – with further sizes planned for launch in 2021.
The tyre incorporates the latest very high flexion (VF) technology while retaining a robust casing and deep tread for longevity. Michelin says that the new tread pattern and wider inter-lugs of the TrailXBib offers increased self-cleaning capabilities.
The new strong central rib is said to improve road handling and has an improvement in lifespan over the existing range.
The TrailXBib has been designed to carry more load than the same dimension CargoXBib HD or HF tyre at a reduced pressure. Michelin say that this pressure reduction reduces stress on the trailer’s structure and therefore reduces mechanical strain and wear.
The firm says the new tyres are fully compatible with Central Tyre Inflation Systems (CTIS), allowing them to run at the optimal pressure for precise applications.