ATG is committed to making high-quality tires, and informing customers how tire technology can save them money across the entirety of their operation. IF and VF tire technology - while not in its infancy any more - is a recent (and underutilized) technological advance that can help farmers increase productivity and efficiency, while reducing soil compaction, lowering fuel consumption, and providing a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than standard radial tires.Understanding the IF/VF designations on tires is pretty straight-forward. IF stands for “Increased Flexion.” Because of structural and compound innovations that allow tire sidewalls to operate while flexing more dramatically, IF tires are capable of carrying 20% more load at the same inflation pressure as a conventional radial tire, or they can carry the same load at 20% less pressure. By utilizing the lower inflation pressures made possible by IF tires, a farmer can increase the tires' ground contact area, helping with traction and fuel economy, and also reduce the harmful downward forces that cause soil compaction by roughly the same amount as the reduction in inflation pressure. (Check out our soil compaction video and see for yourself how important tire pressure is to maintaining healthy fields.)
VF stands for “Very Increased Flexion” or “Very High Flexion,” (the terms are interchanged often in the tire circles) and boosts the tire’s performance by up to 40% over standard tires. VF tires are capable of carrying - you guessed it - 40% more load at the same inflation pressure as a conventional radial tire, or they can carry the same load at 40% less internal air pressure. Using the lower inflation of a VF tire enlarges the tire footprint and provides even more significant improvements in traction, fuel economy and soil protection.
As farming machinery becomes increasingly more massive, tire technology must advance to keep up. Because of today's heavy loads, its more and more important for agricultural tires to distribute weight evenly across the soil contact area. Alliance has incorporated steel belts in the tread area of its entire IF/VF tire range for added durability and a more consistent, even footprint when working in the field or running down the road.
IF/VF tires are engineered to handle all the conditions encountered by today’s largest and heaviest farm equipment. That doesn't mean, however, that a small farmer won't benefit from mounting IF/VF tires - every farmer could use a reduction in long term costs. Alliance IF/VF tires' lower pressure and larger footprint minimizes damage done to sensitive terrain. Its steel belts help distribute weight evenly and protect against punctures caused by harsh stubble. With increased air pressure IF/VF tires can carry significantly heavier loads, reducing costly time and mileage going between the field and the grain elevator or manure stockpile, increasing productivity and reducing overall fuel consumption.
ATG is committed to making the highest-performing, most technically advanced and cost-effective product possible. With the recent release of the Alliance 380 VF, the world’s first VF rated flotation tire, ATG has again shown itself to be a leader in IF/VF technology. With 44 IF/VF offerings—including IF/VF tires for tractors, combines, self-propelled sprayers and flotation—Alliance has the world's largest selection of extra-durable steel-belted IF/VF tire options.