NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales (BAAG), manufacturer of Firestone-brand farm tires, announced the launch of Firestone-brand Radial All Traction RC tires specifically for use on today's high-capacity, self-propelled sprayers. The Firestone-brand Radial All Traction RC tires are made with AD2 technology, which allows them to carry more load at lower pressure than conventional radial sprayer tires.
"The Radial All Traction RC tires are specially designed to address the load and compaction problems producers face with today's large, self-propelled spraying equipment," said Tom Rodgers, who directs sales and marketing efforts for Firestone-brand farm tires. "The specially-designed, wider tread bars on these tires create an application-specific tread pattern that provides both a smoother roading at faster speeds, as well as a longer and better-wearing tire. The AD2 sprayer tires are rated up to 40 m.p.h so producers can get more done in less time than with standard tires."
The Radial All Traction RC tires are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of crop protection and fertilizer applicators. Compared to equivalent-sized standard radial tires, the sprayer tires deliver additional performance benefits, including:
- IF- and VF- designations that can carry more load at the same pressure or the same load at a lower pressure, resulting in a larger footprint and reduced soil compaction
- wider tread bars for improved distribution of ground pressure from the bar face
- a curved bar design for a smoother ride
- 20 percent deeper R-1W tread bars than industry standard vs. R1 tread depth – for longer wear and added performance in wet soils
The Firestone brand Radial All Traction RC tires are extensively tested for durability and performance at the Firestone Farm Tire Test Center in Columbiana, Ohio. Thanks to Bridgestone's $151 million investment that provided tire-building capacity as well as the components to successfully build out the IF and VF sizes, these tires are manufactured at the company's primary agricultural tire plant in Des Moines, Iowa.
To learn more about the sprayer tires and product offerings, visit www.FirestoneAg.com.
About Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Agricultural Tire, U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division (BAAG), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, is the industry leader in the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of market-leading Firestone agricultural tires. BAAG's Des Moines, Iowa, facility is located in the heart of America's farm belt and supplies approximately half of the agricultural tires consumed by North American original equipment manufacturers as well as being the leading agricultural tire supplier in the North American replacement market. Firestone agricultural tires can be found on farm tractors, planting and harvesting equipment and other farm implements in North America and around the world. In addition BAAG markets and sells forestry, ATV and construction tires. BAAG also operates a testing facility, located in Columbiana, Ohio, which is the only facility in the world solely dedicated to the development and testing of agricultural tires.
About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations, the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses and the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires to its customers in the Americas. In addition, through its Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions unit, retreading customers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.