Modern Tire Dealer

OCT 2018

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◆ Space saving ◆ No fumes and disturbing noise ◆ Works on a wide variety of tire sizes ◆ Guarantees workshop quality at your customer's driveway ◆ Easy to install and operate E-cube IncludEs: ◆ 15 Gallon 3 HP compressor ◆ German HAWEKA centering ◆ AC/DC and DC/DC charging ◆ 1200W pure sine wave inverter ◆ 48V Smart Lithium or AGM battery bank ◆ Semi automatic tire changer 10" - 24" ◆ 2D balancer for mobile application ecube-equipment.com Come see our demos at SEMA, booth #42191 (Lower South Hall) Come see our demos at SEMA, booth #42191 (Lower South Hall) For sales inquiries please call 800.452.5010 A G T i r e T a l k M T D O c t o b e r 2 0 1 8 42 with duals, especially in areas of the country where roads may only be 15 feet wide. e last item a customer should consider would be total cost of ownership. Typically, a tracked tractor will cost more to purchase versus a similarly equipped wheeled tractor. Both systems require regular maintenance during the life of the tractor. David Graden, operational agriculture market manager, Michelin North America Inc.: roughout my travels across North America, in all types of farming environments and soil types, I like to ask track owners their thoughts and how they justify the additional expense for track machines. In all but one instance that I can recall, the owner will drill down to, "it's my insurance policy," meaning, their tracks give them the perception of superior traction; pulling power; and/or flotation, which is commonly confused with the reduction of soil compaction. A grower in central Iowa told me tracks require less effort to guide straight down the rows. But at what cost? Tracks have only one advantage over tires: traction in very wet soil. In these conditions, however, their impact on the soil, in terms of compaction, does the most damage. A machine fitted with Michelin VF tires at proper air pressures has very comparable traction — with reduced compaction. Addi- tionally, although all Michelin tires perform very well with CTIS (Central Tire Infla- tion Systems), we have brought a new VF Axiobib and VF Evobib to the market, specifically marked as "Tire Inflation Ready," designed to be used with CTIS. e next question to ask is, "At what point is the soil too wet?" Have you ever seen a track machine sink in the middle of a very wet field? Many of us have! Research from the University of Minnesota supports the theory that a properly inflated tire will offer less compaction than a track. SOURCE: UNIVERSIT Y OF MINNESOTA STUDY (HTTPS://WWW.EXTENSION.UMN.EDU/AGRICULTURE/SOILS/TILLAGE/TIRES-TRACTION-AND-COMPACTION/) COURTESY OF ALLIANCE TIRE AMERICAS

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