Michelin Expands Its Airless Tweel Line

Oct. 21, 2016

Michelin North America Inc. has added size 10N16.5 to its X TWEEL SSL All Terrain airless skid steer tire line.

The company says the new 10N16.5 product will be a viable option for skid steer machines that require the smaller 10-inch dimension. Combined with its 12-inch product, the company says it now offers sizes that support the vast majority of skid steer machines on the market today.

With the all-terrain tread pattern, designed for use on a wide range of surfaces, the 10N16.5 will serve users in a variety of industries, such as rental fleets, construction and agriculture.

The 10N16.5 has a 31/32-inch tread depth with a 10/32-inch undertread for ease of retreading.  The 177-pound tire can support a 3,700-pound maximum load per tire.

"Responding to customer requests, we developed our newest version of the Michelin X Tweel SSL to give owners and operators of smaller skid steer loader machines the opportunity to experience all of the advantages of the Tweel airless radial tire, including  reduced downtime due to flats, increased operator comfort and improved productivity," says Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies.

"We are pleased to broaden our offer to provide this innovative mobility solution to more customers."

Michelin says the development of its Tweel technology is significant since many skid steer loaders equipped with traditional pneumatic tires can experience frequent flat tires. As a solution to reduce flat-tire downtime, many users resort to using foam-filled, solid tires or other alternatives that diminish traction, handling and ride comfort. The Tweel airless radial tire offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime since it requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a flat tire, according to the company. 

To learn more, visit www.michelintweel.com.