Michelin XeoBibs in pole position for JCB

High flotation Michelin XeoBib tyres have been chosen by JCB to be fitted exclusively and as standard to its new pole planting machine, the 4CX Polemaster+.

JCB decided to specify Michelin XeoBib VF 600/60 R28 tyres as original equipment on the new machine after comparing a range of alternatives and being impressed by the tyres’ ability to protect soft ground when working in the field.

Tyre choice is a major consideration for JCB as the new machine will be used extensively on farm and utility land, making it paramount to offer a standard tyre that will work to reduce the impact of the machine on the ground, as well as cope with frequent on-road use, travelling between locations.

A spokesperson for JCB said: “We were impressed with the low ground damage rates offered by Michelin XeoBibs compared to the other tyres. How the machine is likely to affect the land is a foremost factor our customers consider, especially with this type of operation.”

The XeoBib range features Michelin’s patented Ultraflex Technology which is specifically designed to limit rut formation by spreading the machine’s weight over a larger footprint – up to 24 per cent larger than the equivalent Michelin XMCL tyre.

Mike Phillips, Michelin’s Key Account Manager – Original Equipment, says: “Soil compaction and damage can be very costly to repair and a concern of many farmers and land owners because it has a direct bearing on both the yields they can expect from their land, and how it looks.”

He adds: “XeoBib tyres are capable of operating consistently at low pressures regardless of speed. In fact they can be run at pressures lower than one bar, both in the field and on the roads – that’s around 50 per cent less than conventional technology tyres.”

In addition to being perfectly suited for use on utility and agricultural land, XeoBib tyres present improved longevity, better traction and reduced wheel slippage, resulting in increased time-and-fuel efficiency. The tyres work actively to reduce vibrations, ensuring enhanced operator comfort.

The new 4CX Polemaster+ is designed to be an off-highway pole planting solution for wooden poles up to 750kg and can dig, auger and break rocky ground with minimum human intervention. It also features a powerslide facility, which reduces the need to move the machine, further decreasing ground damage.

With a range of standard features including JCB Rotaclaw, High-Power Auger, Side Mounted Pole Carriers and Hand Held Tool Circuits, the machine is able to undertake the typical tasks expected from a backhoe.

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