Michelin North America Inc. is giving the new size in its rigid dump truck tire lineup three stars -- as in load carrying capacity.
The company says the first three-star 18.00R33 rigid dump truck tire on the market is available for two surface applications (a star rating is the industry’s indicator of load capacity for a given dimension as defined by the Tire and Rim Association).
1. Michelin Xtra Load Protect. The tire is designed for use in hard, sharp, abrasive conditions on flat, dry surfaces, where the priority is protection and damage resistance -- conditions often found in quarries and construction sites. The revolutionary tread pattern contains a greater volume of tread rubber than the Michelin X-Quarry S and features interlocking blocks and improved heat dissipation, which reduces the temperature in the tread area by up to 17 degrees Fahrenheit versus the same tire. Corrosion-proof cables within the tire structure are engineered to increase aggression resistance.
2. Michelin Xtra Load Grip. The tire is designed for soft, loose, muddy ground conditions in mining and quarrying operations on slopes and inclines, where the priority is high grip and traction. Compared to the X-Quarry S it has a reinforced casing and has the ability to handle speeds up to 21 mph thanks to cooler internal running temperatures.
"Quarry managers demand continuity of operations," says Jake Thompson, Michelin's B2B North America mining marketing manager. "Rigid dump trucks are expected to move as much material as possible by moving faster or by carrying more load. This robust Michelin tire provides a solution that maximizes productivity and output of the quarry while delivering traction, damage resistance and increased tire life."
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