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Demo proves money-saving benefits of Ultraflex technology

8 April, 2015

Michelin’s innovative Ultraflex Technology tyres can save farmers hundreds of dollars in fuel every time they drill a field, a new trial has demonstrated.

Michelin’s XeoBib tyres were fitted to a Massey Ferguson 6616 tractor operating with a Kuhn power harrow drill combination and driven over a 100ha field. With the front tyre pressures set at 20psi and the rear pressure set to 30psi, it cost the NZ equivalent of $1932 in fuel to drill the field, leaving an average rut depth of 133mm. These pressures simulated the tyre pressures required for a conventional agricultural tyre and the tyre loads measured. However, when the pressures were dropped to 7 psi for the front tyres and 13 psi for the rear – pressures the innovative Ultraflex Technology tyres can handle – the cost was just $1142, resulting in a total saving of $790 NZ equivalent. The rut depth was also lower – an average of just 88mm – and sub-soil compaction significantly reduced.

Michelin’s Agriculture division technical manager, Gordon Brookes, said the figures spoke for themselves. “The benefits of Michelin’s Ultraflex Technology lie in its ability to be run at incredibly low pressures,” he added. “This not only has multiple paybacks for the soil, notably reducing compaction and therefore enhancing yields, but the enhanced traction also means the wheels don’t slip as much, so don’t use as much fuel to complete the job. “It’s more than a decade since we brought our first Ultraflex tyres to market, and this demonstration proves the innovation is as relevant in 2015 as it was the day it was created.”

The same tractor and tyre combination was able to shave the equivalent of NZ$790 off the cost of drilling a 100ha field by running at the lower inflation pressures possible with Michelin’s Ultraflex technology.

By launching its Ultraflex Technology range Michelin was the first manufacturer to produce a tyre that could travel at speeds of up to 65 km/hr, while meeting every safety requirement and operating with exceptionally low pressures.

In 2014 Michelin expanded its range of Ultraflex tyres with the launch of the CargoXBib High Flotation tyre for trailers. It marks the first trailer tyre to benefit from Michelin’s patented Ultraflex Technology and joins Michelin’s line up of Ultraflex tyres including the AxioBib and XeoBib tyres for tractors, CereXBibs for combines and forage harvesters, plus SprayBibs for high-clearance sprayers.

TRS, NZ’s largest importer & distributor of agricultural tyre and wheel systems, are the sole authorised distributor of Michelin Agricultural tyres. TRS staff can offer expert advice and the best solutions for the individual requirements of NZ farmers. When it comes to advice, TRS can call on years of extensive product knowledge to ensure you get the correct tyre for the job, call now on 0800 336 334.

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