At the 2023 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Titan International unveiled the world’s first-ever LSW1400/35R46 tire in a deep R-2 tread — which means that it’s the world’s largest farm tire now available for front combine positions.
The manufacturer said in a news release that this latest addition to the radial Goodyear Custom Flo Grip line is being brought to market to meet the growing demand for greater combine flotation and traction from growers in regions and applications that face incredibly wet field conditions. Titan’s LSW tires are built to run at a lower air pressure, reducing soil compaction and thus aiming to increase yields.
The LSW1400 is intended to serve as a better-performing replacement to smaller singles (such as a 900/60R32), as well as to standard factory duals (such as 520/85R42) in the front combine position.
“Back in 2016, we introduced the world’s largest ag tire in our Goodyear OPTITRAC line, which has an R-1W tread. The demand for that tire has since skyrocketed, but there are some applications that really should be running a deeper R-2 tread,” said Scott Sloan, Global Ag/LSW Product Manager, at Titan. “We’ve been hearing from a lot of growers in the Southeast, the Dakotas, southern Minnesota and elsewhere that they wanted an LSW1400 option in an R-2. We’re excited to now offer that. We think it’ll be a game changer for them.”
Illinois-based Titan said that the LSW1400 will provide:
- 40 percent reduced inflation pressures which means significantly less soil compaction and field rutting, which inhibit yield.
- Footprint improvement which spreads the already lower inflation pressures over a wider area to further reduce soil compaction and improve yield.
- Improved traction by offering significantly more power to the ground with the larger — but easier-on-the-soil — footprint.
- Maximum road speeds thanks to the Low Sidewall Technology design, which dampens road lope. LSW allows for roading at full speeds, which can have a significant impact on productivity and profitability for custom harvesting operations, in particular.
They also come with a 10-year warranty that includes 2-year no-cost replacement, 2-year field hazard protection and 3-year stubble damage protection. In all, the Custom Flo Grip line includes nine sizes, ranging from VF580/85R42CFO up to the LSW1400/30R46.