Firestone’s latest Performer Evo 23-degree tire is designed for large tractor rear axles.
Firestone says its 1950s basic 23-degree pattern still provides better cleaning and better traction than 45-degree lugs.
The new tire keeps the same geometry as the previous 23-degree tire, but the main body of the new tire is a fresh design, says Kendale Penner of K and K Penner Tire in Blumenort, Man.
“It’s a brand new product. In fact we haven’t seen one yet, but they’re definitely on the way,” said Penner in a phone interview.
“They’ve had the same lug design for decades and it seems to be the best pattern, so they just use the same pattern on new lines of tires. The 23 degrees wouldn’t stay in the marketplace if farmers didn’t choose to buy it.”
The Firestone logic in bringing out the new lower-cost tire is that not every tractor sees multiple hundreds of hours every year. There’s a place in the market for tires that are not at the high end of the price scale. They reason that a secondary tractor doesn’t always require top-of-the-line tires. Farmers who use their machines for hauling feed or yard chores may find that the Performer EVO 23 degree is the prudent choice. The tire has the R-1W tread width and carries a limited six-year warranty.