Ultraflex technology tyres deliver dual spraying solution

Steve Heard Contracting operates an Agrifac sprayer on Michelin tyres, similar to this model.

Steve Heard Contracting operates an Agrifac sprayer on Michelin tyres, similar to this model.

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A farming contractor in Leicestershire has developed the optimum set-up for its self-propelled sprayer, using two different sets of Michelin Ultraflex Technology tyres to reduce soil compaction year-round.

Steve Heard Contracting’s advanced tyre choice means its 12-tonne Agrifac sprayer, which works 25,000 acres per year, can operate at lower tyre pressures than conventional farm tyres permit, and without the need to adjust pressures between the road and the field.

Heard’s option to fit only Ultraflex Technology tyres means his sprayer is fine-tuned for efficient running. He has specified VF710/60 R 38 Michelin XeoBib tyres for working on wet ground and dealing with shorter winter crops, switching to VF380/90 R 46 Michelin SprayBib tyres for taller crops and drier ground.

Owner Steve Heard explains: “Sprayers are notoriously heavy machines and so the risk of soil compaction is high if you don’t pick your tyres carefully. Our dual XeoBib and SprayBib set-up gives me total confidence we’ve taken every possible step to reduce compaction to a minimum, which in turn increases yield.”