Michelin’s X Tweel SSL airless tyre and wheel combination will be making its UK public debut at this year’s LAMMA Show.
For several years, Michelin has sold its range of Tweel products for mowing, agricultural and industrial applications in North America – but the tyre giant’s fitment for skid steer loaders will be the first Tweel to arrive this side of the Atlantic.
The X Tweel SSL will be available in two versions – the All Terrain (AT), which features a deep, open tread for off-road applications and use on varying surfaces, and the Hard Surface Traction (HST), with its smooth tread featuring a 100 per cent contact patch, for frequent use on hard surfaces such as asphalt or concrete. Both tyres are expected to prove popular within the UK farming sector, on applications ranging from scraping yards and clearing slurry to moving bedding and animal feed.
Commenting on the launch, Gordon Brookes, Customer Engineering Support Manager for Michelin’s agricultural division, says: “We are very excited to be introducing the X Tweel SSL. This is a proven product which has transformed the way skid steer tyres are specified across North America. Its introduction into the European market means users in the agricultural and construction markets can benefit from the X Tweel SSL’s excellent performance – and without any risk of a flat tyre.”
The product performs like a pneumatic tyre, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with penetrations and impact damage. It can increase productivity because its outstanding stability enables a skid steer to work rapidly with more comfort for the operator, reducing driver fatigue as a result.
Also making its UK debut at LAMMA ‘18, ahead of its international release in February, will be Michelin’s ‘2 in 1’ EvoBib tractor tyre – which features a smart tread pattern that evolves to match the application.
The tyre – which was awarded the prestigious SIMA Innovation Gold Medal last year – was designed to support farmers who increasingly opt for larger machinery to be driven both in the field and on the road.
When set at high pressures for road work, the tyres’ central band grips the road providing the flexible fitments with a road-optimised profile. The adapted tread pattern gives a smoother vibration-free ride, while saving farmers fuel and improving safety.
In the field, working at low pressures, the tyres’ footprint spreads across a wider and longer surface, helping to boost traction while preventing soil compaction.