WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Group (ATG) has launched a pair of steel-belted forestry-market tires under the Alliance Forestar line for the growing "cut-to-length" market.
The Alliance 643 Forestar III LS-2 and Alliance 644 Forestar III LS-2 feature steel-belted construction and special chunk-and-chip-resistant compound to meet the challenges facing tires on heavy CTL machinery, according to Terry Goodwin, national forestry manager for Alliance Tire Americas.
They are engineered to minimize soil compaction and surface disturbance, he notes, and to excel in the broad range of conditions CTL harvesters face year-round.
"We've designed these tires for great traction on their own, and to work well with tracks and chains for reliable, no-fuss performance in any environment," Mr. Goodwin said. "They've also got reinforced sidewalls that can handle the dynamic force and side-to-side motion of a fully loaded forwarder hauling a deck of logs on uneven ground."
- The Alliance 643 features wide shoulder lugs designed to accommodate tracks and chains. A specially engineered hexagonal bead ensures snug contact between the tire and rim, eliminating wheel slip.
- The Alliance 644 also features a reinforced hexagonal bead as well as four shoulder-to-shoulder steel belts that ensure complete protection of the tread area and maximum integrity of the tire casing. A hefty stabilizer bar beneath the tread on the 644 also improves traction and tire life, Mr. Goodwin added.
"Loggers know they need to keep reducing their impact on the environment — especially in sensitive areas — and they've also got to keep increasing their productivity," Mr. Goodwin said. "Meanwhile, manufacturers are building heavier machines. We're helping our customers make sure they're ready for those changes."