The VF technology has been added into the Alliance Agriflex 354 and 363 lines, which were originally offered as increased flexion tires. The technology is featured in four additional sizes, the Agriflex 354 VF in 380/80R38, 320/105R46 and 480/95R50 sizes and the Agriflex 363 VF in 270/95R48 (11.2R48).
“VF technology is ideal for self-propelled sprayers because of the demands placed on farmers and custom applicators to carry larger tanks and simultaneously reduce soil compaction,” said Trent Wallin, Agriculture Product Manager for Alliance Tire Americas.
Because of the increased flexibility in their sidewalls and special bead packages, the new Agriflex 354 VF and Agriflex 363 VF lines can carry up to 40% greater load at the same level of inflation as their conventional radial counterparts, or carry the same load with 30% less inflation pressure. Additionally, at lower inflation pressures, VF technology allows for a dramatic increase in the footprint of the tire resulting in less soil compaction, greater flotation, higher traction, better fuel economy and less disturbance of the soil surface, Wallin said.
“Since soil compaction pressure is nearly equal to tire inflation pressure, reducing inflation pressure under a heavy load can have benefits that last for years in the soil. The steel belts we build into our IF and VF tires ensure extra durability and puncture resistance and create a more uniform footprint, which improves traction and stability,” Wallin said.