Cooper Tire launches mixed-service drive model

By |  February 15, 2019
The Roadmaster RM351 HD is a full inch wider than its predecessor, according to Cooper Tire. Photo courtesy of Cooper Tire

The Roadmaster RM351 HD is a full inch wider than its predecessor, according to Cooper Tire. Photo courtesy of Cooper Tire

Cooper Tire added the Roadmaster RM351 HD tire to its commercial tire lineup.

Engineered for mixed-service applications such as mining, construction, and logging operations, the tire is designed for both on- and off-road driving. It comes in two sizes: 11R22.5 and 11R24.5, in load range H.

The Roadmaster RM351 HD is a full inch wider than its predecessor, the RM300 HH, with a 20 percent larger footprint, according to Cooper Tire. Coupled with its deep 32/32nds tread depth, it provides up to 25 percent more miles to removal – depending on the application.

“That’s a big step forward in tire performance for our Roadmaster customers,” says Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper’s Global Truck and Bus Tire Business. “By going wider, we spread the weight over the tire to gain better mileage, while also improving traction. It’s a win-win.”

To help ensure long tire life, tie bars between the outside lug and the shoulder, along with shoulder grooves that are linked and interlocked, help ward off tire squirm and irregular wear. The sidewall is extra thick with a curb bar protector to help protect the casing from cuts and scrubbing.

For traction and long-life performance, the tire features five lugs that have an open pattern to minimize stone holding while enhancing traction. Stone ejector ledges, coupled with angled grooves, also help prevent stone drilling, the company says.

“That’s a key feature of the tire as it will be used off-road where sharp stones can be a tire’s worst enemy if they’re allowed to drill into the casing,” Schroeder says. “The way we designed this tire helps preserve the casing for multiple retreads.”

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