Stoke-on-Trent – June 3, 2014

A Barnard Castle-based agricultural contractor has fitted Michelin’s new 540/70 R24 XMCL tyres to a JCB 413S loading shovel to ensure it’s suitably equipped for demanding silage work.

Leslie Brown Contractors purchased the new-sized tyres from its local Michelin Exelagri dealer, Terry Elsey Tyres, ahead of this year’s silage season. The Michelin XMCLs offer increased traction on wet and dry ground and allow precise manoeuvrability when the JCB is operating on a silage clamp.

The company is no stranger to the performance of Michelin’s tyres – owners Leslie and Lis Brown have specified the premium fitments for 25 years across their tractors, combines and telescopic handlers.

Leslie Brown says: “The loader originally came out of the factory on smaller tyres but we knew we needed to upgrade the wheels and tyres if we wanted to get the best performance possible. Early signs are encouraging, and we are certain the new rubber will perform well once we get into the busy silage work.

“We run our machines between 12 and 15 hours a day when we are clamping silage, so having tyres which are up to the job is essential. We expect to get good wear from the new fitments, plus their design makes for a more comfortable ride, which makes a real difference for the operator.”

Michelin’s 540/70 R24 XMCL tyre was launched in 2014 and offers a 20 per cent increase in traction compared with a standard cross-ply variant in the same dimension.

The XMCL tyres are ideal for demanding conditions and working long hours on a range of surfaces as the optimised rubber compound helps reduce wear, giving exceptionally long life. The tyres are designed for telescopic handlers, backhoe loaders and mini loaders.

The tyre’s radial construction also ensures excellent stability and comfort due to the deep and wide lugs, reinforced sidewalls and protective steel crown plies.

Leslie Brown Contractors run a fleet of 21 tractors, six combine harvesters and two self-propelled forage harvesters. Based in Barnard Castle, the company serves a range of customers undertaking a variety of jobs from potato planting, cereal crop harvesting to wood processing.


Michelin (www.michelin-agricultural-tyres.co.uk / @MichelinAgriUK)

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