Continental Tire the Americas LLC has launched a new line of General brand medium truck tires - the General Grabber OA 2 and OA 2 Wide Base - for regional on/off-road applications.
"These second-generation tires have a new tread compound to improve mileage, chip and chunk resistance and protect the casing to allow for multiple retreads," says Helmut Keller, Continental’s head of product management
"The tires provide great traction, minimal stone retention, and durability," he notes.
“Drivers should expect a reduction of road noise and improved comfort with the new tread design and tread compound. Fleets should experience better fuel economy with better rolling resistance.
"The industries that benefit from these heavy-duty tires are construction, material transport, cement, utility, emergency vehicles, heavy-haul and special loads and mining/quarry."
The General Grabber OA 2 on/off-road all-position tire features 22/32-inch and 24/32-inch tread depth and a sidewall profile with curb rib to reduce damage from curbing, cuts and abrasions. The tire's "patented, innovative groove technology leads to minimum stone retention through a stone ejection system and extends casing life," according to Continental officials.
"The tire casing is constructed with four belts and a closed-shoulder four rib tread design allowing versatility in all wheel positions. Drivers should see up to 19% mileage improvement and up to 5% chip and chunk resistance with the new General Grabber OA 2, when compared with its predecessor.
"This tire can also be sold with a sensor, which connects many of Continental’s tire pressure monitoring systems, including ContiConnect Live and ContiConnect Yard Reader, to read tire pressure and temperature. These heavy-duty tires are ideal for coal/waste haulers, logging, construction, school buses and any on/off highway fleets.
Available in the following sizes H load-rated sizes - 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 - and these L load- rated sizes - 315/80R22.5, 385/65R22.5, 425/65R22.5 and 445/65R22.5, the General Grabber OA 2 comes with a full warranty that "guarantees three retreads or six years, whichever comes first."
The General Grabber OA 2 Wide Base on/off-road all-position tire features 21/32-inch, 23/32-inch and 24/32-incg tread depth "and an aggressive, multi-service all- position tread pattern to provide excellent traction."
The tire's thick under-tread resists casing penetrations and damage, "allowing for multiple retreads and extending the life of the tires. Drivers should see up to 21% mileage improvement with the new General Grabber OA 2 Wide Base, when compared with its predecessor.
"Vocations that would benefit the most from these tires are construction, refuse haulers and heavy equipment fleets.
According to Keller, Continental “still wanted to offer the General Grabber OA 2 in wide-base because many of our heavy-haul fleets are looking to increase their carrying capacity while being more efficient with their resources."
The size 445/65R22.5 tire can carry up to 12,800 pounds per tire. It also comes with a full warranty that guarantees three retreads or six years, whichever comes first.
"The General Grabber OA2 WB will come in these different sizes, with the corresponding load range," say Continental officials.