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Michelin’s new Crossgrip ag tires

By Spencer Myers
Staff Writer

Tires aren’t the first thing you think of when you hear “advanced technology”, but there are actually many ways that companies are trying to improve how agricultural tires perform as the machinery continues to advance.

One of the new products from Michelin is the Crossgrip tire, designed for year-round use on roads, grass, and snow. They’re built for excellent snow traction, high load capacity, and exceptional handling.

This might not seem very special at first glance, but the small details are what make this model different from the rest and an improvement from other Michelin options. Hence the name Crossgrip, the first notable detail and main marketing feature is the tread pattern (pictured below).

Michelin Crossgrip ag tires. Photo by Spencer Myers.

Michelin’s Crossgrip tires are non-directional so that you aren’t prone to slipping. A directional tire will have channels or rows where the tread doesn’t overlap; The Crossgrip eliminates this problem. As you see above, the tread has a deep cut and aggressive pattern.

The deep tread and large “chunky” sections give the tire it’s own unique look, and it’s actually quite easy to see how the tread pattern alone could be an improvement for muddy or snowy conditions.

Something important but not noticeable to the naked eye is the tire material. It’s slightly softer* than other heavy duty tires, and the Crossgrip material allow you to go directly from clear road conditions to snowy conditions without losing traction or performance. The softer material increases grip and gives consistent handling on different surfaces, similar to how winter tires provide extra grip in cold conditions.

Many newer tractors are designed to travel at faster road speeds, so to match that Michelin says their 158D tire (28 inch Crossgrip) can carry 3,450 Kg at 40km/hr.

The fact that they’re designed for year-round use will hopefully cut down on the number of overall tire changes, but Michelin has not officially stated that these are supposed to last longer than other year-round tires.

Technology advancements can be something huge like a new auto-steer system, sometimes they can be small like a new tread design on a tire. While these details aren’t a very drastic change, as someone who is constantly reviewing machinery it’s nice to see that even things like tires aren’t being over looked. Machinery is constantly evolving to be more efficient, so it’s important to see that every part of the machine is being scrutinized from the ground up.

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*Note: Michelin isn’t marketing the Crossgrip tires as a “soft” tire as described above, it is made to be slightly softer than other their other agricultural tires. If you’re looking for a really soft tire for specific conditions these might not be what you need.