Yokohama Off-Highway Adds Loader Tire

March 16, 2023

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires Inc.'s new Galaxy Hippo all-steel radial has been designed for loader applications.

The tire "pushes traction to a whole new level for bucket loaders" and has a high-traction pattern that "is ideal for loaders working in dirt on construction sites or on farms and dairies," according to Yokohama Off-Highway officials.

"The new Galaxy Hippo all-steel radial delivers better stability under load as a result of its deep, variable-angle lug, as well as top performance on mud, vegetation and pavement.

"The lugs on the Hippo radial are thicker than those on the bias-ply Hippo, adding durability and roadability.

"Along the outer part of the tread, the lugs are almost perpendicular for maximum traction and feature aggressive, buttressed shoulders that add extra grab. Toward the center, the lugs curve to form a steeply angled overlap for steady roading and reduced wear at up to 25 mph."

Yokohama Off-Highway Tires' design team also extended and widened the nose of each lug "to produce a smoother, more stable ride and reduce scrub wear while running on hard surfaces."

In addition, the new Galaxy Hippo features an improved cut-and-chip-resistant compound "with excellent wear resistance on pavement."

 Below the tread, steel radial belts provide puncture protection and create a larger, flatter footprint to boost traction, flotation and tire life.

The tire - which was unveiled during the 2023 ConExpo show - is available in sizes 20.5R25 and 23.5R25, "engineered to fit on existing rims while providing a larger footprint."