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Contractor praises durability of Michelin sprayer tyres

Cornwall-based contractor Grigg-Agri has invested in another set of VF 420/85 R34 Michelin YieldBib tyres for its two Bateman RB35 sprayers after the original equipment rubber lasted twice as long as the tyres it had run in the past.

The two sprayers are used to support a wide range of arable crops across the county, clocking up significant mileage on country roads as they travel between farms.

Commenting, Mark Grigg, Owner of Grigg-Agri, says: “Bateman fitted the Michelins to these two sprayers as original equipment and they lasted for four seasons, whereas the old tyres would only ever last for two seasons.

“Both sprayers are loaded with 4,000 litre tanks and are very heavy vehicles doing a lot of road work. But the YieldBibs stood up to the challenge, clocking up 4,500 hours before we had to switch to the new set.”

Michelin claims its YieldBib tyres can carry the same load as a standard technology tyre, but with up to 40 per cent reduced inflation pressure and without compromising on robustness. They also benefit from Very High Flexion (VF) casings, giving a 24 per cent larger surface footprint which helps to spread the machine’s weight over a larger surface area for less ground compaction.

“We’ve found these tyres really protect the crops,” adds Grigg. “They fit down the rows very well and minimise any damage in the field. Fitting a cheaper option may have saved us a little bit of money initially but in-depth studies have shown running these low pressure Ultraflex Technology tyres could boost yields by four per cent, plus they’ve lasted twice as long.”

As well as the YieldBibs, Grigg-Agri has also invested in a new set of Michelin MachXBibs for its John Deere 6210R tractor, having recorded 8,500 hours on its previous set.