23° Tread Bar Advantage
The Firestone Radial All Traction 23° R-1 was compared to the Michelin® Agribib® R-1W. Starting side-by-side, going tread-to-tread, the finish wasn’t even close
STARTING SIDE-BY-SIDE, GOING TREAD-TO-TREAD, THE FINISH WASN’T EVEN CLOSE
In our tractor tire traction demonstrations, the Firestone 23° R-1 has out-performed the 45° R-1W. Better traction can save more horsepower, more fuel and more time in the field.
It’s one reason why Firestone, today, is the most preferred farm tire brand in North America – and how Firestone earned its title “Leader in the Field.”
A FAIR AND EQUAL DEMONSTRATION – IN FRONT OF 50 OBSERVERS
Recently, Michelin has challenged that leadership with claims that the traction of their tires is as good, or better, than the Firestone tire with the 23° tread. Rather than compete in a war of words, a tire traction demonstration was conducted in a harvested field of corn near Slater, Iowa.
The Firestone Radial All Traction 23° R-1 ran tread-to-tread against the Michelin® Agribib® R-1W.
The demonstration, designed and set-up to be as fair and equal as possible, involved two drive tractors – one fitted with the Firestone brand tires, the other with the Michelin brand. The two tractors would run in the same field, at the same time, pulling the same load. After completion of one run, the tractors would exchange rear tires and then run again.¹
Exchanging tires would assure that the demonstration results rode solely on the performance of the tires and not on a difference between the two tractors.
FIRESTONE EASILY OUT-PULLED THE MICHELIN TIRES
After the first quarter mile run, the tractor fitted with the Firestone Radial All Traction 23° R-1 tires finished 37 ft 4 in – over 12 full yards – ahead of the tractor fitted with the Michelin Agribib R-1Ws.
In the second run, following the exchange of tires between tractors, the tractor fitted with the Firestone tires once again finished ahead – 36 ft 8 in – of the tractor fitted with the Michelin tires.
WINNING AT THE FINISH LINE, IMPROVING YOUR BOTTOM LINE
Considering the tractor with the Firestone tires averaged 37 ft ahead of the one with the Michelins – after just a quarter mile – think about the acres you could be ahead, the extra work you could get done and the gallons of fuel you could save after a full day in the field.
And what that means after a full season – or over the lifetime of the tires.
Learn more about the 23° difference by visiting your Firestone Certified Farm Tire Dealer.
WHEN IT COMES TO HAVING THE BEST TRACTION, GETTING THE MOST WORK DONE AND SAVING THE MOST FUEL, NOTHING KICKS DIRT LIKE FIRESTONE.
To view video from the demonstration click here.
THE 23° TREAD BAR ADVANTAGE
The tire traction differential illustrated in the Tread-to-Tread Traction Demonstration is a direct result of the pulling-power advantage of the Firestone 23° R-1 tire compared with the Michelin Agribib R-1W tire, which features a 45-degree tread bar angle.
The 23° tread design offers these advantages:
- More tread bars are packed into the working tire’s footprint
- The lower angle of the tread bars delivers more grip and 15% better ground contact than 45-degree bars
- The 23° tread bar wears more evenly, lasts longer and offers a smoother ride
Bottom line: The increased traction from the 23° bar helps maximize horsepower, which means farm operators can expect to save both time and fuel in the field.
COMPARE THE DIFFERENCE
- More tread bars working per footprint
- Lower 23° angle has less slip
WHAT OTHERS SAID ABOUT THE TRACTION DEMONSTRATION:
Nearly 50 observers attended the Firestone vs. Michelin traction demonstration.
DEAN MANTHE, DeForest, WI, Manthe Grain Farms “We’ve used Firestone tires on our farm for 25 years and always liked the traction. You would think Michelin’s deeper bar wouldn’t slip as much. I thought there was a difference before – this demonstration reassured me.”
DOUG YELK, Marshall, WI, Yelk Farms, LLP “It was a fair and balanced demonstration – I was picked to ride in one of the tractors to monitor the RPM. I was surprised at the difference in the outcome. The 37 feet is a significant difference in time and fuel.”
MIKE EARHART, Cedar Rapids, IA, GCR TIre* “I was surprised that the deeper bar on the Michelin didn’t offset Firestone’s R-1 bar with the 23° angle. I now have an answer for those who question the “deeper bar” difference. I don’t know how anyone could have made the demonstration more fair.”
TOM SANDBOTHE, Griswold, IA, Sandbothe Firestone* “I sell Michelin, Titan® and Goodyear® tires as well as Firestone. This demonstration convinced me that the 23° bar makes a difference. Michelin tested their tires in wet soil conditions, but in normal soils like we saw, it doesn’t compete as well.”
*Firestone Certified Farm Tire Dealer