A forestry tire that can work at half the inflation pressure of standard versions is to be launched this month by Alliance. The F344 ELIT (engineered low inflation tire) is reported to be the first tire of its kind in the world and allows vehicles to carry the same load at half the rated air pressure.
The tread design of the tire provides high levels of grip, traction and self-cleaning properties, while tread compounds in the tire ensure durability and protection from cut and chip. Steel reinforcements protect the tire from punctures and a reinforced dual bead helps avoid rim slippage when operating at lower tire pressure.
An Alliance spokesman said, “Low-pressure tires offer a significantly larger footprint, leading to a lower soil compaction and a comfortable ride for an operator. In addition, a larger footprint provides high traction, reduces fuel costs, and increases overall productivity of operational forest work. Thanks to special tread compounds and the reinforced dual bead, this tire is made for a long service life and offers exceptional performance and stability when operating with reduced inflation pressure.”
The tire is capable of carrying the same load at just 2.5 bar as a standard forestry tire inflated to 5 bar.