Deere specs Tweel OE on mower line
LOUISVILLE (Oct. 23, 2014) — Michelin North America Inc. has expanded the range of its Tweel airless radial tire for skid steers and disclosed its first OE fitment for the tire/wheel unit, with Deere & Co. for the John Deere's ZTRAK zero-turn commercial lawn mowers.
Two years after launching the Tweel commercially, Michelin has added a pair of fitments for skid steers — a 12N16.5 X Tweel SSL All Terrain fitment for a wide range of surfaces and a 12N16.5 X Tweel SSL Hard Surface for pavement use.
The tires debuted at the recent Green Industry & Equipment Expo in Louisville.
The All Terrain, with a deep, open tread designed for more rugged off-road working conditions, will be a viable option for industries such as construction and landscaping. It features high-strength, poly-resin spokes to carry the load, reduce machine bounce and provide improved operator comfort. The spokes are engineered to be self-evacuating in muddy conditions.
The slick-tread Hard Surface tire, which provides more longevity on pavement and asphalt, presents an option for very high-use operations, Michelin said.
Both versions have a deep underlying tread layer that allows the core outside tread to be retreaded repeatedly, Michelin said, helping reduce the overall cost of ownership.
“Our newest versions…provide the benefits associated with pneumatic tires, but they don't go flat,” said Ralph Dimenna, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “This is a breakthrough innovation for skid steers in the landscape, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries.”
Mr. Dimenna added, “This is just the beginning of exciting things to come.”
Michelin's OE contract with Deere replace a standard 24x12x12 tire, the tire maker said, and offers the landscape professionals who use this type of equipment a flat-free alternative to pneumatics that Michelin claims will last up to three times longer as well.
Deere is making the Tweel Turf available on the 54-, 60- and 72-inch deck sizes of the ZREAK mower.
Michelin also claims use of the Tweel Turf will yield increased uptime, enhanced hillside stability, reduced operator fatigue and improved productivity.
“We have been working with the John Deere team for several years and the result is a partnership that has the potential to dramatically change the commercial mowing market,” Mr. Dimenna said.
Nick Minas, product manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing, said the Tweel Turf “could very well be the last rear tire contractors will ever need for their zero-turn mowers.”
The Tweel Turf features a multidirectional tread pattern for hillside stability and to help prevents turf damage and is built with a four-bolt pattern, steel hub that fits a variety of popular zero-turn commercial mowers. To learn more about the Tweel airless radial tires, visit www.michelintweel.com.
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