Trelleborg has successfully completed the French stop of its 2015 European Road Show at the Innov-Agri Grand Sud Ouest Show, Ondes, Haute Garonne on 9 and 10 September. The event involved a series of field demonstrations during which two tractors raced over 200 meters. Fitted with tall, see-through cylinders, showing the exact fuel consumption during the race, both tractors had identical tools, configured to work at precisely the same depth.
The first round of demonstrations presented two New Holland T6.175 series tractors both hitched up to a AGRISEM Cultiplow 3.00 m mounted soil loosener. To show the impact of optimal inflation pressure for the work being carried out, both tractors were fitted with TM700 ProgressiveTractionTM tires of equal sizes but with different pressures.
This innovative tire designed accordingly to the BlueTire™ technology has dual lugs acting as two anchor points, increasing engine power more efficiently to achieve 11% more traction on average. The wider base of the tire provides improved control of lug movement, smoother traction and reduced friction, increasing performance and minimizing vibration. The double lug makes it easier to penetrate the soil, while protecting it and reducing the slippage rate. The tractor is easier to maneuver, which keeps fuel consumption down and saves time.
During the demonstrations, while the tires on tractor one were inflated to a standard pressure of 1.6 bar, those on tractor two had a pressure of 1.0 bar, as recommended by the Trelleborg Load Calculator App. Upon the tractors' arrival, an impressive 10% reduction in fuel consumption was observed for tractor two in every demonstration, as well as considerable time savings. Over 200 hectares, the overall savings amount to €500 a year. The importance of using the right pressure was also demonstrated by an increase of 26% in footprint on tractor two.
The second demonstration highlighted how fitting a tire correctly can increase the overall efficiency and productivity of operations, while optimizing footprint and inflation pressure. For this demonstration, two CLAAS AXION 830 tractors were each hitched up to a LEMKEN Kristall 9 4.00 m mounted-type tool and compared over a distance of 200 meters. One was fitted with standard-sized TM800 tires pressurized to 1.6 bar, and the other had IF 710/70R42 and IF 600/70R30 TM1000 High Power tires at 1.0 bar.
The TM1000 High Power tires provide outstanding traction, saving time and fuel while also reducing C02 emissions. During the demonstrations, a very significant difference was noticed between the two tractors in terms of fuel consumption and time. When scaled up to 200 hectares, overall savings in time and fuel amount to around €800 a year.
The broad footprint, another feature of the TM1000 High Power, reduces compaction, protects the soil and helps to increase yields. The demonstrations showed a surface footprint 19% greater on the rear tires of tractor two fitted with the TM1000 High Power.
Trelleborg works closely with major tractor manufacturers to develop complete wheel solutions for outstanding compatibility between tractor and wheels to maximize investments and speed up work.
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