Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) gave Bauma 2019 trade show attendees the first look at its new Earthmax SR46 as well as its range of radial tires for dump trucks, wheel loaders, dozers, graders and some multi-purpose vehicles.
Bauma, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment, ran from April 8-14, in Munich, Germany.
At The BKT Stand
Center stage at Hall A6 Stand 215 belonged to Earthmax SR 46, the largest tire that BKT has ever built: 33.00 R 51. With a diameter of over 3 meters (nearly 10 feet), the tire weighs 2,400 kilograms (5,291 pounds).
BKT says Earthmax SR 46 is particularly suited for transporting heavy loads safely and was designed for rigid dump trucks engaged under the most complex and adverse conditions in hard and rocky environments such as mines. Its special tread design, block lug pattern and circumferential grooves yield excellent cornering performance and reduced wear and tear.
At Three Outdoor Areas
In addition to the stand, BKT tires were showcased at three outdoor areas. In the first area, a huge panel shaped like a rigid dump truck featured tires from the series EarthmaxSR 45 M (24.00 R 35) and EarthmaxSR 45 (18.00 R 33).
The second area spotlighted the outline of an articulated dump truck equipped with Earthmax SR 41 (875/65 R 29) and Earthmax SR 35 (750/65 R 25).
The third promotional area was dedicated to Earthmax SR 53 (36/65 R 33). BKT says the common denominator consistently in all these models is an all-steel structure, which renders a stronger body and therefore greater resistance to aggressions such as punctures and penetration of foreign bodies.
Descriptions of each tire follow.
EARTHMAX SR 45 M is specifically designed for rigid dump trucks operating on muddy terrain and loose surfaces. This tire features optimum traction and are ideal for long hauls. Moreover, the deep tread enables constant resistance to the numerous adverse conditions at job sites.
EARTHMAX SR 45 features a deeper tread that extends the tire's useful life, and a special lug shape to ensure excellent traction in all conditions. The special compound designed for this tire guarantees a resistance to the risks frequently present in extreme operating conditions such as cuts, abrasions and other impacts.
EARTHMAX SR 41 is particularly suited for articulated dump trucks and features a new tread that, in addition to being deeper, has reinforced connecting bridges to guarantee greater block rigidity and therefore greater stability. The block geometry was specifically designed to ensure greater traction, which is essential for articulated dump trucks operating on particularly difficult terrain under adverse conditions.
EARTHMAX SR 35 is designed for articulated dump trucks. The prominence of its robust steel-belted casing ensure traction, stability, extraordinary durability and a resistance to snags, punctures and tears.
EARTHMAX SR 53 is for loaders operating in difficult sites such as mines and rock quarries. Its special cut-resistant compound does not overheat, while the self-cleaning tread expels stones and foreign bodies. Two optimal solutions enabling even this tire to have a long and very productive life.