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DALLAS (Aug. 22, 2014) — Bridgestone Commercial Solutions launched the Firestone FS561 all-position radial tire and Bandag B799 tread product designed to complement the Bridgestone M799 at the Great American Truck Show in Dallas this week.

The FS561, which is designed to reduce susceptibility to stone retention and drilling, is recommended for steering applications in regional and pickup and delivery use, Bridgestone said.

“The new FS561 is built for demanding environments, with features such as a tough tread cap compound and solid shoulder ribs that help resist maneuvering scrub leading to increased tread life,” said Matt Loos, director of truck and bus marketing, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions.

Additional features of the Firestone FS561 include sidewall protector ribs for resistance to cuts, snags and abrasions from curbing and impacts; stone rejectors in center grooves to reduce susceptibility to stone retention and drilling; and innovative sidewall design for reduced tire weight to improve fuel economy without sacrificing durability.

The Firestone FS561 is available in the U.S. and Canada in sizes 295/75R22.5 and 11R22.5, Bridgestone said, with more sizes available later

The Bandag B799 tread tread design offers solid traction and a deep tread depth that promotes long wear life for mild on/off-highway, regional haul and pick-up and delivery applications, Bridgestone said.   

“The B799 meets the needs of fleets that operate in mixed service environments where they need on-road performance, as well as off-road capability where traction and durability are important,” said Matt Schnedler, retread product marketing manager.

Other features of the Bandag B799 include 28/32nd tread depth for long tread wear; open shoulder design for improved traction; and stone rejector technology to help prevent trapped stones from damaging the casing, preserving retreadability.

The Bandag B799 is available in four tread sizes in the U.S. and Canada — 210mm through 240mm.

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