The CompactMaster AG is the latest launch from Continental, developed specifically for telehandlers and skid-steer loaders. It is the first in the company’s portfolio to be designed with a new Turtle Shield tread layer and twisted steel belt.
“This is a reinforced tyre with a hard shell and a more flexible steel wire construction to help prevent cuts and damage, whilst offering greater stability for materials handling work,” explained Continental agricultural tyre specialist, Richard Hutchins.
“This tyre represents years of research and development by our agricultural research and development team in Lousado, Portugal. The new twisted steel belt construction has a unique Turtle Shield layer beneath the rubber to protect the tyre shoulder area from damage. The wider tread and lug widths have been specifically designed to offer better traction on a variety of surfaces and improve the self-cleaning properties of the tyre,” he added.
It’s capable of operating at speeds up to 50kph. The twisted steel belt is said to provide a robust construction, allowing the tyre to run at high pressures on the road to improve fuel efficiency and lower pressures in the yard or field when carrying heavy loads.
Additionally, the steel belt makes the tyre stiffer for greater stability. This is said to be particularly important when making stationary turns on hard surfaces, which can increase the lateral pressure put through the tyre. A new lug design has also been developed, said to provide 5% more surface area than a standard agricultural tyre pattern.
“This lug design further enhances grip and will also contribute to the tyre wearing more evenly, which can improve the hours and mileages the tyre will deliver,” said Mr Hutchins. The tyre also has a land-sea (L/S) ratio of 30% which means a larger portion of the tyre stays in contact with the ground. “This ratio is particularly important for traction in wet and slippery conditions, so we anticipate operators will see a marked benefit by choosing these tyres for use on more challenging surfaces.”
The CompactMaster AG is available for 24-inch rims, in the size 460/70 R24 159B.
For more information go to www.continental-tyres.co.uk