DES MOINES, Iowa.—Goodyear Farm Tires, a Titan Tire Corp. brand, has received the 2015 FinOvation Award from Farm Industry News for its Extreme Flotation and Low Sidewall technology tire lines.
Titan said the award is presented to products and companies that received the most interest from the publication's readers throughout 2014. The public votes for which product of the 20 award recipients should win the coveted Product of the Year Award. The poll is open by clicking here and the winner will be announced at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky. Feb. 12.
“The fact that the public has shown such significant interest in both Extreme Flotation and Low Sidewall technologies—both of which are unique to Goodyear—shows that more than a decade of research, development and testing by Titan to bring these new technologies to market is justified,” Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager for Titan Tire and Goodyear Farm Tires, said in a statement.
“Now is the time to challenge conventional thinking about farm tire design, and the award shows that farmers agree. They are looking for new technologies that will help them be more productive, and that is what we're providing. We hope that everyone who has experienced the advantage of LSW will get online and vote.”
Goodyear's Optiterra LSW 1000/40R32 fronts and its DT930 LSW 1100/45R46 rears increase contact area by nearly 20 percent, Titan said, compared to a standard factory setup with dual 420/85R34 fronts and dual 480/80R50 rears on MFWD tractors. The increased contact area reduces ground-bearing pressure, which reduces soil compaction and helps maximize yields. Additionally, the Extreme Flotation setup has a reduced overall width, Titan added, which results in easier roading and sharper turning.
LSW technology features a larger rim diameter and shorter sidewall than standard tires and helps reduce power hop and road lope, which have been identified as problems that nearly 50 percent of farmers have experienced on their tractors and combines.