SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) has added an ultrawide-base tire, the 716U, to its commercial tire portfolio, as a weight-savings drive tire that can yield more profitability for fleets.
The 716U UWB — available in the U.S. in size 455/55R225 — is designed specifically for waste, recycle and on-/off-road severe service operations where maximizing payload capacity is vital, Yokohama said.
"With its reliable all-season traction and durable construction, it really is the perfect drive tire for the job," Tom Clauer, Yokohama's senior manager of commercial product planning, said.
According to Yokohama, the tire's benefits include:
- An increased payload capacity. The tire has a load range M (22 PR). Replacing traditional duals on the drive axle with four Yokohama UWB tires offers lower unsprung weight without compromising total carrying capacity, allowing for a larger payload per trip.
- Aggressive traction from zig-zag grooves that boost traction and wet-weather grip by evacuating water "efficiently" away from the tread.
- A tread compound that resists scrubbing, cutting and chipping for long, original tread life, and a zero-degree belt that adds stability for a consistent stable footprint and long, even wear.
- Funnel-shaped step grooves that prevent stones and debris from reaching the bottom of the groove where casing damage occurs, and an extremely durable casing with an extra-thick sidewall resists damage from potholes and curbing and allows for increased retreadability.
For more, see www.yokohamatruck.com.