BFGoodrich is returning to the farm with its new Implement Control tire designed for pull-behind implements. And more agricultural tires are coming later this year.
BFG has set its sights on carrying a total line of farm tires, according to David Graden, ag manager for Michelin in the United States and Canada.
“This is just the start for BFGoodrich farm tires,” he says. “We’re hoping to become a total farm provider. That not only includes your higher horsepower, higher technology machines, but also lower horsepower machines in addition to implements.”
The BFG Implement Control tire is engineered for pull-behind implements, such as balers, planters, tank sprayers, tillage implements and other heavy loads.
Its design and compound are based on the Goodrich legacy in off-road sports, specifically the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM3 casing.
This proven casing handles heavy loads and harsh impacts from damage and debris. The innovative rubber compound reduces high road wear and stands up against stubble. The tread pattern provides long, even wear and quick mud removal.
In internal tests, Michelin says the BFGoodrich Implement Control tire outlasted the market leader, which failed at 315 hours. The new BFGoodrich tire surpassed 400 hours of use with no failures.
The tire is a low-pressure, high-flexion IF tire designed to carry 20 percent more weight at the same pressure as a standard radial tire, which results in less soil compaction. It is also compatible with Central Tire Inflation Systems.
“The BFGoodrich ag tire line is expected to complement the Michelin ag portfolio and fill in gaps in the tire maker’s ag tire offering,” said Graden.
It’s available in two sizes: IF 320/70R15 and IF 280/70R15. They are available from authorized Michelin dealers. The tire is made at Michelin’s Fort Wayne plant.