Alliance Tire Group showcased three new tires at the 2013 SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo: two new entries in the company’s Increased Flexion ag tire line, and a new Galaxy garden, turf and vineyard tire.
The Alliance AgriFlex IF 363 and IF 354 give farmers increased productivity and operation cost savings, according to the tiremaker. They offer: 20% more load with the same inflation pressure as conventional radials or 20% less inflation pressure for the same load, increased traction, and reduced soil compaction.
“Alliance Tire Group is putting tremendous research and development resources into IF tires because agricultural machines such as tractors, harvesters and sprayers are evolving at a rapid rate to achieve overall productivity,” said Michael Aguon, national product manager for Alliance Tire Americas Inc. “Our IF tires support these heavier, more powerful machines while minimizing soil compaction.”
Alliance said the Agriflex IF 363 is optimized for sprayers that run long-distance over the road, adding the tire’s S-tread design modifies conventional R-1 tread patterns to ensure good traction in the field while delivering extended tread life, reducing vibration and improving steering and ride characteristics. It is available in size IF380/90R46 168D.
The Agriflex 354 features high lug angles for a smooth, comfortable ride and higher speeds on the road, while its aggressive shoulders and deep R-1W lug height provide excellent traction and minimal slip, Alliance said. It is available in two sizes: IF380/90R46 and IF480/80R50.
The Galaxy Garden Pro R-3+ is a mixed-service fabric-belted radial tire developed specifically for small tractors used in gardening, turf and vineyards. It features nearly 50% greater tread depth than typical R-3 tires and a solid-to-void tread ratio of 49:51% substantially more than typical R-1 or R-4 tires, according to the tiremaker.
“Many small tractors are mounted on steel-belted agricultural tires that are really ‘overkill’ for the applications for which they’re used, or they’re on combinations of SUV tires and agro-industrial tires that can be tough on turf or ground cover,” said Domenic Mazzola, vice president of OE sales and engineering for Alliance. “The Galaxy Garden Pro is built to meet the performance needs of small tractor users and to come in at a price point that delivers a low total cost of ownership over the life of the tire.”
Round shoulders protect soil and turf against damage, Mazzola added, while the steep centerline angle and smooth, open channel combine good traction with excellent self-cleaning. The deep, high-count lugs deliver excellent traction and long-wearing service life. The unique tread is designed to provide versatility and can replace R-1, R-3 or R-4 tires in most applications, he said.
The Galaxy Garden Pro comes in a variety of sizes that allow mounting on both rear and front axle positions, from 220/55R12 front sizes to 420.70R24 rears.