Extreme Flotation Tires
Goodyear Farm Tires is introducing a new category of tractor tires – Extreme Flotation. When compared to a traditional dual setup, the wide footprint of Extreme Flotation tires provides a smoother ride, tighter turn radius, reduced overall width for easier roading, improved flotation, and reduced soil compaction.
Two Goodyear Farm Tire lines fall into the Extreme Flotation category: the Goodyear Super Terra Grip XT 1000/40R32 and the Goodyear DT930 1100/45R46. Both tires come with the added benefit of low sidewall technology, reducing road lope and power hop, and improving later stability on hillsides.
Extreme Flotation versus duals
A common factory setup on an MFWD tractor places 480/80R50 duals on the rear and 420/85R34 singles on the front. This conventional setup results in a total contact area of 2,368 inches with the front running at 15 psi and the rear at 9 psi. Switching to the Goodyear DT930 1100/45R46 on the rear and the Goodyear Super Terra Grip XT 1000/40R32 on the front increases the contact area by nearly 20% to 2,716 inches and reduces ground pressure with the front running at 10 psi and the rear at 6 psi.
“By spreading the total weight of the tractor over a 20% larger area at a lower inflation pressure, the grower can expect a 20% improvement in flotation and less ground pressure, which equates to significantly less soil compaction and a much more comfortable ride,” says Scott Sloan, Goodyear Farm Tires. “That’s why we’re calling it Extreme Flotation.”