John Deere has approved Continental TractorMaster and VF TractorMaster tyres for its 6M and 6R tractors. The OEM approval means all 90 to 300 horsepower John Deere tractors can be specified with Continental tyres from November 1, 2021.
The range includes tyre widths up to 800 mm, rim diameters up to 46 inches and tyre diameters up to 2.05 m. Continental has supplied John Deere with its Tractor70 and Tractor85 tyres since 2019. However, this is the first-time customers can specify all John Deere 6M and 6R series models with Continental TractorMaster tyres, approved ex works.
The tyres are manufactured at a purpose-built agricultural tyre production facility in Lousado, Portugal. The facility also includes a research and development centre which is dedicated to driving the efficiencies of agricultural tyres.
TractorMaster radial tyres, in both standard and VF forms, have a five per cent higher lug surface area than comparable agricultural tyres, due to an individual lug design known as ‘d.fine’, according to Continental. This coupled with N.flex technology, a patented nylon layer that makes the tyre more flexible, helps extend tyre life. N.flex also helps the tyre withstand impacts, without losing its original shape, which enables the tyre to adapt to uneven ground more effectively.
“With the TractorMaster, John Deere is expanding its tyre portfolio with a test winner which stands for efficiency and cost-effectiveness in agriculture,” says Continental agricultural tyre specialist, Richard Hutchins. This was shown in 2019 when the TractorMaster tyre won a German Agricultural Society (DLG) test.
Mr Hutchins continues: “We are delighted that John Deere is expanding its Continental tyre range because it highlights our growth ambitions for the agricultural sector.”