By Philip Shaw
Tires are where the rubber literally hits the road.Yet making the right choice in tires isn’t always easy. Each manufacturer has a persuasive list of reasons to buy their brand. Then the picture gets even more confusing with myriad options and performance parameters. Cost per pound of rubber narrows the field, but you still need to know what you want.
dynamic tire corporation galaxy ag radials The Galaxy line of agricultural tires are imported from China and compete on price. The company says they compete on performance too. The Galaxy line features many farm tires, with the Galaxy Ag Radial R-1 tractor tire offering a highly versatile multi-angle design. The Galaxy Ag Radial has a steep angle at the centre of the lug, which the company says provides long tread wear, exceptional mud clearing capability and smooth ride. The Galaxy Ag Radial also features “pads” between the lugs on the tire to act as mud breakers for improved self-cleaning. Galaxy says its ag radials are the equal of the major brands and they meet the standards demanded by North American farmers, yet are at least 20 per cent lower in cost than the big names. www.dynamictire.com
titan/goodyear optitrac r-1 radials Titan manufactures a range of agricultural tires including the Goodyear line. According to Titan, the Optitrac-W radial tire is designed to dig deep, yet it is gentle enough for the softest soils. The company also says the tire’s increased tread depth allows for improved traction and longer tread wear. Titan characterizes the Optitrac R-1 W radial as “hard working.” This is backed up by the Optitrac’s reinforced bead area which gives the Optitrac the advantage of withstanding the forces generated by higher-torque applications and heavier vehicle loading. Titan also says that its agricultural tires are designed to fit farm needs. Their optimized mould shape enhances driver comfort while muffling vibrfations in the vehicle cabin. The shape is also engineered to provide equal ground pressure distribution across the fully optimized footprint, resulting in excellent traction and good flotation. www.titan-intl.com February 1, 2012
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