WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Americas Inc. has introduced the radial Alliance 585 multi-surface backhoe/loader tire and is pricing the tire to compete with bias alternatives.
The tire features a block-lug hybrid design and steel-belted construction to provide improved performance and longer service life than bias-ply tires, the company said.
Alliance said it is pricing the Alliance 585 to reduce the barriers preventing construction machinery owners from adopting radial tire technology.
"Cost-per-hour analyses conducted in the field with a variety of tire brands indicate that the cost of ownership of radials can be one-third that of bias-ply tires due to the extended service life they provide," Ryan Lopes, Alliance Tire's national product manager for materials handling and solid tires, said.
"We are pricing the Alliance 585 radial and aligning our other radial tires more on a level with our competitors' bias tires, resulting in a compelling business case for construction professionals to access radial technology for backhoes and loaders that was previously out of reach."
The Alliance 585 is available in six sized, 340/80R18, 400/70R18, 400/70R20, 400/80R24, 460/70R24 and 500/70R24, with five more sizes in development.
The radial construction of the Alliance 585 ensures a long, rectangular footprint that puts more of the tire's block-lug pattern — and more horsepower — in direct contact with the ground, the tire maker said, noting this results in better traction, less slip, higher fuel efficiency, lower heat buildup and better ride quality.
Radial steel under-tread belts and reinforced sidewalls in the Alliance 585 resist punctures while the non-directional tread aligns large, deep blocks in patterns that approximate multi-angle curved lugs, the company said.
"The tire is designed to deliver a low-scrub, long-wearing ride on hard surfaces and excellent grip and self-cleaning on loose soils," Mr. Lopes said.
"The heat-dissipating properties of the Alliance 585 make it especially suited to backhoes that shuttle back and forth over distances of more than 1,000 yards or that travel a significant number of road miles."