By: The Working Forest Staff
The Nokian Ground King tractor tire with its new kind of Hybrilug pattern caused quite a stir upon its release in 2019. For the first time, the same tire could bring excellent results both on soft field and in fast road transports. To unlock the potential versatility of as many tractors as possible, the Nokian Ground King tire range is steadily growing – with a total of 20 sizes available from this January.
Every tire must make a long journey from an idea to something you can buy and use on your tractor. With Nokian Ground King, this journey started as a concept tire with a quite unique-looking tread pattern. It drew a lot of attention on trade fairs and promised to combine the best properties of lug and block tread patterns. After the concept was perfected and production-ready, it proved to be a winning one. “Of course, we had made thousands of hours of our own testing”, says Tero Saari, Product Manager at Nokian Tyres. “But the final proof for me was when Nokian Ground King tire was tested by a German university and proved to be superior to a standard lug tire pattern. What’s more, the word from the field, the experience of the actual users, has been very, very positive.”
Growing the size range
Once the tractor tire has been released to the market, it should be made available to the types of medium and high-power tractors that can benefit from its, power transfer capability and mobility on a soft soil combined with a stable and comfortable road behavior. During the last quarter of 2020 as well as beginning of 2021, the Nokian Ground King tire family is expanded to cover 20 sizes – enough to make the new versatility available for most common medium and high-power tractors:
”The current trend in tractor contracting goes towards more versatile jobs that change during the course of the year”, Tero Saari says. “Nokian Ground King responds to this trend, and these new sizes make more versatile tires available for most medium and high-power tractors.”