Demand is increasing from the agricultural market for the new range of very high flexion (VF) agricultural tyres. “Continental has developed VF tyres that are safer, longer lasting and kinder to the soil. We offer next day delivery in the UK and all tyres come with a 10-year warranty. As a result, dealer demand is increasing because farmers are investing in tyres that offer greater operational efficiencies and have the back-up of a warranty,” explains Richard Hutchins, Continental UK agricultural sales manager.
The new VF range from Continental features a more flexible side wall with patented N.Flex technology. On the road this enables the vehicle to carry forty percent more load than a standard tyre at the same pressure. Alternatively, in the field, the pressure of VF tyres can be lowered by forty percent compared to standard tyres, even when carrying the same load. This spreads the weight of the vehicle over a larger surface area and reduces soil compaction.
VF tyres also offer time and fuel savings. The more flexible construction of the tyre makes it possible to transition from the field to the road without adjusting the pressure. At the reduced pressure required for field use, the tyre can also run at full speed on the road yet deliver the same fuel efficiencies as a standard tyre at road pressure.
“These tyres deliver what farmers need; the opportunity to drive to a job and start work without having to change tyre pressure. VF represents the biggest fundamental shift in tyre design for years,” says Mr Hutchins.
Continental has invested in a dedicated agricultural tyre research and development facility at its factory in Lousado, Portugal which produces TractorMaster, Hybrid and VF tyres. The new VF tyre is available for both tractors and combines (see below) and has been developed with a new, more flexible bead design to soak up the stress agricultural tyres experience during varied farm work.