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Peter Alderslade | TractorMaster & Tractor85

Peter Alderslade - Valtra A95 with our Tractor85

Peter Alderslade - Valtra A95 with our Tractor85

Peter Alderslade - Ploughing champion talks tyres

British ploughing champion, Peter Alderslade, won the 2018 competition using a Valtra A95 fitted with our new Tractor85 tyres. “The tyres have a narrow profile, so they fit the furrows well. With one tractor wheel always in the furrow I have just made, it’s important that I don’t damage it as I plough the next,” he explains. The tyres also offered greater flotation properties, helping Mr Alderslade to avoid sinking into the soil which increased grip and reduced compaction.

“I have never experienced tyres that float like these, it made controlling the tractor easier which enabled me to concentrate more of my attention on the plough,”

Mr Alderslade farms in partnership with his brother and the two also offer contracting services in the Sunderland area. Mundles Farm, near East Boldon is 132 acres of arable land with some hay and haylage. When not being used for competition, his Valtra is coupled with a Claas rake and tedder for haylage work. “With a front-end loader, it is a really useful little tractor around the farm and we use it to make haylage for the horse livery we offer,” he says.

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The weight of farm vehicles and the tyre pressures chosen are a major contributor to soil compaction

Peter Alderslade - Fendt 720 with our TractorMaster

Peter Alderslade - Fendt 720 with our TractorMaster

He also has a Fendt 720 which is used for the majority of the cultivation and road work on the farm. The Fendt was fitted with our TractorMaster tyres on the front and rear in 2020 following Mr Alderslade’s positive experience with his competition tractor. “The Fendt is an excellent all-round machine, and the tyres work well in all conditions. They are quiet on the road and have good grip in the field,” he says.

He uses a Horsch Leeb 6,000 litre trailed sprayer which is pulled by the Fendt. The heavy payload is often tricky to manoeuvre on the tight streets of East Boldon. In the field it is important that the tyres minimise compaction when carrying the weight of the sprayer, so he is careful to adjust the pressure accordingly. “I don’t have on-board air on this Fendt, so I have to judge what pressure is going to give me stability on the road and enough grip in the field without damaging the soil,” he says. “I have found the TractorMaster tyres provide a better balance for the variety of work I undertake, they are more versatile than others I have used,” he adds.

The sprayer has a 36-metre boom which requires the tractor to maintain stability to reduce drift and optimise the use of chemicals. “The tyres need to absorb the vibrations to minimise the effect on the sprayer. I have found this has improved with the Continental tyres because the bead of the tyre is stronger and can absorb the bumps more effectively,” he explains.

By using a single wire construction wrapped around the circumference of the tyre up to one hundred times, we have created an agricultural tyre that holds the rim, even when run at very low pressures. Many agricultural tyres use as many as ten individual wires to create one bead. However, multiple joins in the bead can cause weaknesses and there is a risk that the tyre can detach from the rim, especially at low pressures.

Our TractorMaster tyre also features N.flex technology, a nylon layer that sits below the rubber to make the tyre more flexible.

“The ride, when towing the sprayer, is much smoother and that is what is needed to do the best job in the field and give me confidence on the road,”

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Peter Alderslade - Fendt 720 with our TractorMaster

Peter Alderslade - Fendt 720 with our TractorMaster

Despite his ploughing prowess, he chooses to direct drill much of the land with a 4-metre sky drill and a Vaderstad carrier. The land is quite a heavy clay in parts, so choosing tyres with good cleaning properties is important to the business. “The lugs of the TractorMaster tyre seem to self-clean more effectively than previous tyres I have used. This is important on softer soils, especially when the soil is still wet because it helps to reduce compaction,” he says.

The land is close to the coast and mainly flat, but the soil types can vary significantly. “We can experience a sandy loam to a heavy clay in the same field. This makes judging tyre pressure more difficult, but the TractorMaster tyres seem more versatile and offer good grip on a variety of soils,” he says.

Mr Alderslade’s farm is spread out over a number of parcels that cover a 10-mile radius. This has led to the Fendt covering high road hours, especially during harvest when it pulls a Stewart 18 tonne trailer. “We have done over 500 hours on these tyres and the majority has been road work. The main farm buildings are on the edge of a conurbation, so we also have to travel on narrow roads often pulling large implements like the trailed sprayer, so having tyres that offer greater stability really helps,” he says.

Whether competing in a ploughing championship or working on his local land, Mr Alderslade has found that investing in tyre technology and adjusting his operating pressures has provided significant benefits. “Getting the right pressure for the load and application has really made a difference on the farm and when I am competing the difference has been even more noticeable. It is easy to see tyres as just another cost, but I have found that by choosing more versatile tyres that can reduce compaction and increase operating efficiencies easily, I can justify the investment,” he concludes.

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