GREENVILLE, S.C., July 16, 2019 — Making its North American debut at Ag in Motion in Saskatchewan, the MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL™ 2 AT and HST 12N16.5 ─ the airless tire solution for skid steers ─ will launch the new version of its award-winning airless radial tire in both an all-terrain (AT) and a hard-surface version (HST). Available Aug. 1 in the United States and Canada, this is Michelin’s first embedded 8-bolt hub that is interlocked mechanically to increase durability.
“The new Tweel SSL 2 maintains all of the key benefits of the first generation version. In addition, it is designed to improve robustness, meet the vigorous demands placed on skid steer tires in a variety of applications,” said Justin L. Brock, Michelin marketing manager ─ construction and Tweel segment for North America. “The new features include a mechanical hub connection versus the chemical adhesion used in the first generation.”
The TWEEL SSL 2 is designed with:
- Improved shear beam construction that maximizes core life.1
- New spoke formulation provides up to 10 times greater spoke life.2
- Maximum load of 4,400 pounds.
“The SSL 2 AT is designed for use in off-road applications where the machine is used 80% of the time off-road. The HST is built for work done on hard surfaces such as asphalt and pavement,” continued Brock.
The TWEEL offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime. The X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a flat tire, allowing users to stay in operation with limited downtime to maximize profitability. The X TWEEL SSL also delivers the advantages of easy mounting, damage resistance, exceptional operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than standard pneumatic tires.
The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL 2 HST is constructed with a 48/32nd-inch tread depth with 8/32nd-inch of undertread. The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL 2 AT is constructed with a 31/32nd-inch tread depth with 12/32nd-inch of undertread. The outer core tread can be retreaded multiple times for an effective overall cost of ownership. These new products come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. For more information on MICHELIN X TWEEL, visit www.michelintweel.com.
About MICHELIN NORTH AMERICA
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs more than 20,000 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.
For more information, contact:
Mary Ann Kotlarich
Michelin North America
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1 Based on an internal drum endurance test comparing the MICHELIN® X Tweel SSL and the MICHELIN® X Tweel SSL 2. Actual results may vary.
2 Based on commissioned third-party testing of crack growth under fully relaxing conditions, comparing the crack growth rate of the MICHELIN® X Tweel SSL and the MICHELIN® X Tweel SSL 2. Actual results may vary.