WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Yokohama Off Highway Tire America Inc. is adding a severe-duty solid tire designed for use indoors or out, the LHD 510 SDS, to the business' Galaxy-brand product portfolio in North America.
Yokohama OHT describes the Galaxy LHD 510 SDS as a true traction tire, designed to provide "substantially" more grip in varying conditions than smooth tires can deliver. The deep grooves on the shoulders define massive tread blocks that bite through water or mud, while continuous S-lug channels create a horizontal pattern across the tread surface to ensure maximum traction, the company said.
A zig-zag pattern on either side of the centerline channels water away from the contact patch to ensure good rubber-to-ground contact, Yokohama OHT said, while an "extra-durable" tread compound delivers long service life and chip-and-chunk resistance.
The tire's tread pattern was designed with input from tire dealers and end-users "who constantly complained that the smooth center on the other solid traction tires in the market provided insufficient grip in wet conditions," Ryan Lopes, national product manager — material-handling and solid tires for Yokohama OHT.
The LHD 510 SDS has creel bead wires across the entire rim area for tight uniform contact with the rim, Mr. Lopes added, to help translate the loader's torque into action, not rim slip.
The Galaxy LHD 510 SDS is available in 20.5-25, 23.5-25, 26.5-25 and 29.5-29 sizes, which are considered the most common on wheel loaders. All are designed with apertures for heat dissipation and cushion against external shocks, and are backed by a five-year warranty.