Tire Maker Creates New Class

Goodyear rolls out 'Extreme Flotation' category designed to offer better results than duals.

Published on: Jan 27, 2014

Goodyear Farm Tires has rolled out a new class of farm tire called 'Extreme Flotation.' According to a company release the tires, when compared to a traditional dual setup, offer a smoother ride and tighter turning radius. In addition the tires have a lower height for easier roading and offer reduced soil compaction.

Two lines will fall within the Extreme Flotation category - Goodyear Super Terra Grip XT 1000/40R32 and the Goodyear DT930 1100/45R46. Both tires are designed with low sidewall technology, which reduces road lope and power hop, and offer better lateral stability on hillside conditions, according to Goodyear.

Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager, Titan and Goodyear Farm Tires, comments: "Growers can really beneft from running Extreme Flotation tires instead of narrow duals on their tractors or three quarters of the growing season. These tires are perfect for getting better flotation in normal or wetter conditions during spring tillage, fieldwork and planting, as well as during harvest when pulling a grain cart."

FOCUS ON TIRES: The new Extreme Flotation tires from Goodyear Farm Tire offer a range of advantages over a dual setup, the company says.
FOCUS ON TIRES: The new Extreme Flotation tires from Goodyear Farm Tire offer a range of advantages over a dual setup, the company says.

The company offered an example of how these tires will work versus a dual setup: A common factory setup on an MFWD tractor places 480/80R50 duals on the rear and 420/85R34 singles on the front. This conventional setup results in a total contact area of 2,368 inches — the front running at 15 psi and the rear running at 9 psi. Switching to the Goodyear DT930 1100/45R46 on the rear and the Goodyear Super Terra Grip XT 1000/40R32 on the front increases the contact area by nearly 20 percent to 2,716 inches — and reduces ground pressure — with the front running at psi and rear at 6 psi.

Sloan notes spreading the tractor's weight over a 20% larger footprint at a lower inflation pressure can boost flotation and reduce compaction.

You can learn more about the tire's performance by watching the YouTube video from Goodyear embedded below. And to learn more about the tire, visit www.titan-intl.com