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Are Big Brand Tyres Worth The Cost?

Choosing appropriate tyres for farm machinery is critical for performance, safety, and efficiency. This article examines whether big brands are always the best choice, incorporating insights from recent UK field trials.

Advantages of Big Brand Tyres:

  • Quality Assurance: Big brands often have stringent quality controls.
  • Innovative Technology: They invest in research and development, offering advanced features.
  • Availability: Globally accessible, these brands provide a wide range of options.
  • Customer Support: Typically, they offer comprehensive service and warranties.
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Disadvantages of Big Brand Tyres:

  • Cost: Usually, big-brand tyres are more expensive.
  • Limited Customisation: They may not meet specific needs due to standardised production.
  • Brand Premium: Sometimes, the price is more about the brand than the tyre quality.

Field Trials in the UK:

  1. Alliance Agriflex+ 354 VF Tyres: A trial conducted by SEGES Innovation and NDI Group focused on Alliance 354 Agriflex VF tyres. For more details, visit Farm Contractor & Large Scale Farmer.
  2. Michelin’s CargoXBib High Flotation Tyres: A trial on a York farm featured Michelin’s CargoXBib High Flotation tyres. More information can be found on Farm Machinery.

Big brand tyres offer reliability and advanced technology but at a higher cost. Field trials like those mentioned above provide valuable insights into their performance. Alternatives such as lesser-known or local brands might offer quality at a lower price. Deciding on the best tyre choice depends on specific farming needs and budget.

I would argue that if the tractor is required to perform at a high level it should be provided with good tyres. Cheap tyres are of less importance if the tractor is rarely used or is used for light duties such as link box work. A tractor pulling heavy tankers or trailers behind it travelling at 40 or 50Km/hr should have good tyres on it.