Machinery JULY 2018 Irish eyes smiling on Bridgestone and Firestone Irish eyes are smiling on Bridgestone and Firestone’s agricultural products, with a crop of farm contractors in the south of the country giving both brands an emphatic thumbs-up recently. Bridgestone’s VT-TRACTOR tyre has ensured that, during one of the wettest winters on record, slurry has been able to be spread and many fields have been freshly seeded. The product is capable of operating at a lower inflation pressure and with a larger tyre footprint, thus reducing ground contact pressure and associated soil compaction. The most important feature of the VT-Tractor tyre is arguably its very low and very evenly distributed contact pressure. Joe Morrissey, who owns a farm in Rostellan, County Cork, is a huge advocate of the product. He says: “Conditions here have been absolutely desperate. It was pure sludge and you couldn’t walk on the land without cutting it up. I thought it was impossible to get a tractor out there, but the VT-TRACTOR definitely made it possible. You’d have thought that there was no way on, but we were out there spreading slurry and we soon had a freshly seeded field. On any other tyre I know, the ground would cut and rut for the rest of the year and the volume of grass wouldn’t grow back. You’d lose two or three acres in no time. If you replicate this over the entire area then you have a big, big advantage.” While Bridgestone has set its sights on the new and growing high-end agricultural tyre segment, Firestone is also continuing to meet the needs of a large proportion of the tractor market with its high-quality agricultural tyres. The recently upgraded Maxi Traction 65 also has wider lugs and wider tyre width, providing a larger ground contact area which extends its tyre life further. This economy is carried onto the road where the tyre’s longer lugs, with larger lug overlap, increase wear resistance on hard surfaces. The longer life of the Maxi Traction 65 comes with no compromise in traction and a longer overlapping lug design gives the operator greater ride comfort on the road. Such traits can be vouched for by more Irish farm contractors. John McCarthy and his son Shane are huge advocates of the Firestone Maxi Traction, with both spending around 300 days per year out on the road. Shane said: “We are lugging 20-tonne of lime all the time and you do need good traction to pull it. The product gives us exactly what we want. We are getting lime to and from the quarry all the time, so the wear on the road is crazy. But there is more rubber on the road compared to previous products we’ve been on and it lasts longer. “We can get around 1,500 hours on the road before using it on land for silage work. We can get another 1,500 hours from them out on the fields, so we’ve been very impressed.” FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Grassline technology for professionals Fearghaill Connolly: 00 353 (0)87 0611333 Sales: 00353 (0)94 9360500 Email: MALONE TEDD-AIR Malone Tedd-Air 570 & Tedd-Air 840 4 Rotor 5.7m & 6 Rotor 8.4 m Hook tines 7 tine arms per rotor Headland management “Super flotation”, follows land contours closely Heavy-duty build quality 16 x 6.5 – 8 tyres Light kit and spare wheel 52 Untitled-4 1 ATTRACTIVE FINANCE PACKAGES AVAILABLE 25/04/2018 13:07:55