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On-The-Go System Inflates, Deflates Tires
This new on-the-go tire inflation system has an in-cab computer controller that lets truck drivers deflate tires as low as 30 psi for better traction in sand or mud, and then inflate them up to 110 psi for highway travel.
  Potato and sugar beet producers are catching on fast to the benefits of TIREBOSS, says Les Hinz, co-owner of Tire Pressure Control International, the Edmonton, Canada, company that manufactures the system.
  "On potato farms it has virtually eliminated the need for an assist tractor to pull out stuck trucks," Hinz says. "It increased the digger productivity by 25 percent, because they're never waiting for trucks."
  He expects sales of TIREBOSS to grow quickly in the Red River Valley sugar beet region.
  "In beet fields, this will expand the window of getting in and out without assistance," he explains. "They'll be able to haul more days of the season, even when it's wet."
  One big benefit is that by using the proper tire pressure best suited to the road surface, tire life increases 20 to 40 percent.
  Hinz notes that drivers catch on quickly where to set tire pressure. It takes about a minute to deflate and 6 to 8 minutes to inflate. Speed restrictions are programmed into the control box, which kicks into different pressure settings as needed. TIREBOSS uses the truck's air brake system giving priority to the brakes.
  The TIREBOSS system kit retails for about $7,600 and requires about 18 hours to install.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, TIREBOSS, Tire Pressure Control International Ltd., 15803 121A Ave., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5V 1B1 (ph 780 451-4894 or 888 338-3587 North America; www.tire boss.com).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3