WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Group is launching a steel-belted radial designed for modified front-wheel drive assist (MFWA) tractors operating in snow and ice.
The new tire, the Alliance 551 Multiuse Professional, combines an R-3 block tread pattern with a tread compound optimized for grip and flex, even in low temperatures, Alliance said.
Alliance plans to offer the 551 in six popular sizes: 440/80R24 (144D and 149D), 440/80R28, 440/80R34, 540/65R30 and 650/65R42.
The tire's steel belts provide a broad footprint for improved traction and stability and help boost fuel efficiency by reducing rolling resistance, according to James Crouch, Americas national product manager – agriculture. The Alliance 551 is rated for speeds up to 40 mph (65 km/h).
Alliance is targeting municipal and commercial operators, as well as farmers, with the new tire, shipments of which are starting. The tire's R-3 block tread pattern features variable-depth sipes that provide extra biting surfaces as well as directional channels to clear snow and slush from the tread surface.