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Rus farming enterprise, Lipetsk oblast, has hosted a pilot testing of Ultraflex Axiobib 2 tyres held by AgroCentre in cooperation with AGCO Corporation and MICHELIN.

The unique MICHELIN Axiobib 2 tyres providing low pressure during field work were fitted to a mighty Massey Ferguson 8737, one of the most powerful tractors in AGCO lineup, coupled to a Horsch Tiger 4MT cultivator.

‘Progressive farms use premium quality seeds, modern tractors, trailed implements and state-of-the-art technologies’, states Aleksandr Snimshchikov, MICHELIN Agricultural Tyres Expert. ‘However, to achieve maximum profit, farmers have to bear in mind that even such little details as tyre pressure can affect the overall performance. Proper tractor adjustment and optimum tyre pressure ensured by the MICHELIN Ultraflex Axiobib 2 tyres enhance fuel efficiency and increase crop yields.’

During the field trials, AGCO and MICHELIN specialists compared the wheel slippage and fuel consumption of a Massey Ferguson 8737 tractor fitted with standard tyres and the same tractor with a set of MICHELIN Ultraflex Axiobib 2 on. With standard Massey Ferguson 8737 tyres, soil compaction exceeded the permissiblepenetrometer value of 40 cm.

The changeover to MICHELIN Ultraflex Axiobib 2 brought the fuel consumption down by 1.8 l/ha (11.25%). The wheel slippage decreased by half to reach its optimum value (7-11%). Low slippage extends the service life of tyres and transmission, reduces soil compaction, increases operational speed and, consequently, boosts crop yields.

‘MICHELIN tyres have been available in Russia since 1997’, comments Vitaliy Salnikov, Spare Parts Department Manager, AgroCentreLiski. ‘Field tests are an important part of the product promotion strategy. Trials performed by MICHELIN technicians prove to farmers that proper tyres and optimal tractor adjustment are a prerequisite for exceptional performance. The superior quality of MICHELIN tyres makes them quite expensive, however it does not prevent farmers from choosing them for their machinery fleet. They are sure they get their money’s worth.’