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Larrington Trailers has partnered up with Canadian brand AgriBrink to offer a central tyre inflation system (CTIS) to combat soil compaction.
As the sole importer to the UK, Larrington claims that this is the country’s first high-speed CTIS that can be hooked up to both tractors and trailers simultaneously, inflating up to 10 VF (very high flexion) tyres in just 90secs.
The system mounts to the tractor’s front three-point linkage, and comprises two 80-litre tanks and a 200cfm compressor. Pipework is then routed to a distributor at the back of the tractor, with the whole lot fitted to custom-made brackets that are designed to bolt on and off to be easily swapped to other machines.
Pressures are controlled via a display in the cab, and can be switched between high, medium and low, enabling tyre inflation and deflation while the tractor is still moving.
Tests conducted by the manufacturer suggest that reducing tyre pressures from 1bar to 0.6bar can reduce yield loss by around 25%, a statistic that might go some way to justifying its hefty £16,950 price tag. This excludes VF tyres, which Larrington is able to source separately.
It’s worth noting that an RPA grant of £2,413 is currently available to go towards the cost of CTIS systems, providing they meet the agency’s criteria.