Modern Tire Dealer

OCT 2018

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M T D O c t o b e r 2 0 1 8 46 equipped with a four-track system will cost over 20% more than a machine with pneumatic tires. is is an upfront cost that likely won't be recoverable upon trade, either. When the belts wear out, the idlers will also likely need to be retreaded or replaced. Rob Schultz, rubber track global prod- uct manager, Continental Agriculture North America, ContiTech USA Inc.: As a broad portfolio provider, Continental offers both rubber track and tires for a complete agriculture solution. To help customers make the right product choice, we have a team of experienced field engineers who visit and consult with customers in the field, as every application is different. Tires are suited for customers looking for an economic option with low purchase and maintenance costs. e low rolling resistance of tires also leads to lower fuel consumption and provides higher transport speeds than rubber tracks. ey have low heat buildup while roading, and can be driven loaded and unloaded on both roads and fields, providing versatility in field and on-road performance. e carcasses of Continental agriculture tires are constructed with N.flex technology. The patent-pending material is flexible enough to absorb impact and then return to its original shape without permanent deformation. With tread patterns that have been engineered for efficiency, Continental tires can run on hard and smooth surfaces with high traction, meeting the challenge of smooth roads, rocky lanes, and muddy fields. Continental Trackman rubber tracks, constructed for the most severe and extreme applications, provide the user more transfer torque to the ground, greater traction, and all with more flotation because of the larger footprint. is footprint allows the machine/ equipment weight to be distributed across a greater area and lowers the ground pressure, thus reducing ground compaction equating to greater crop yields in most applications. To improve track machine ride, we developed the guide-lug support system called Armorlug Anti-Vibration Technology that reduces tractor vibration. Norberto Herbener, OE applications engineer, Trelleborg Wheel Systems Americas Inc.: ere has been — and will be for a long time — the debate over which system is better: tires or tracks. Both sides have advocates, both systems have sidewalls to VF sidewalls that extend your footprint and your load capacity even further. And tread designs that are optimized for different soil types or conditions, paved work sites, over-the-road travel, gravel and rock — literally every possible situation you may be running in. Upfront and long term cost is another huge issue with tracks. A new machine approach. In rubber tracks, you've got your classic lug or some minor variations that are very close to that theme. In steel tracks, you've got perpendicular grousers. Period. If you search out the right tire, you can find plenty of options — thousands of them. Different combinations of width and height to get the footprint you want. Sidewall tech- nologies ranging from sturdy, stiff bias-ply You can capture all readings in 70 seconds HawkEye Elite: % Speeds alignment service % Detailed printout sells more work % Minimizes setup time Come visit us at SEMA booth 41013 A G T i r e T a l k

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