Michelin has introduced a new version of its popular MachXBib agricultural tyres, featuring a revised tread pattern, designed to improve endurance, traction and resistance to stubble damage.
Ideally suited to high horsepower tractors, delivering between 160-300hp, the new MachXBib design will initially be launched in three sizes traditionally used on the front axle – 600/65 R28 154D/150E, 600/70 R28 157D/154E and 600/70 R30 158D.
Aimed at farmers whose tractors spend a similar amount of time working on soil and travelling on the road, the versatile, robust tyres are said to offer a step up in terms of tyre life versus the products they replace.
Key changes include a redesigned tread pattern offering a flatter contact patch, helping to achieve more regular tread wear; plus overlapping lugs which help to optimise road handling. A deep tread pattern ensures the tyres deliver maximum traction, whilst the lugs’ more rounded shape offers greater resistance to stubble damage.
The new tyres deliver a greater load capacity on the front axle, thanks to their 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 MachXBib tyres in this size offered a maximum inflation pressure of 1.6 bar for 30km/h operation, giving a front axle load of just 8,400kg in field conditions.