Michelin releases latest surface mine-haul tire

By |  September 16, 2016
Michelin's XDR3 MB4 surface mine-haul tire was designed for 400-plus ton trucks. Photo courtesy of Michelin

Michelin’s XDR3 MB4 surface mine-haul tire was designed for 400-plus-ton trucks. Photo courtesy of Michelin

Michelin Earthmover introduced the Michelin XDR3 MB4 surface mine-haul tire, which was developed for 400-plus-ton trucks.

According to the company, the tire is designed with new components and a new tread pattern.

The Michelin XDR3’s tread pattern provides improved load distribution, lowers contact pressure and reduces wear rate, the company says. In addition, the non-directional tire features solid-steel cables, increased metal mass, thicker sidewalls and a new steel belt that offers increased protection against punctures.

The tire has a load capacity of nearly 36 tons, and its shoulder design helps to cool the tire more quickly, Michelin adds. The tire’s central zone and legs are cut-resistant to improve durability and traction capability. The tire also boasts wide grooves and channels that provide traction on graded and loose ground conditions, as well as a new flat bead wire, which strengthens the clamping force on the wheel and increases its contact surface with the rim.

“Michelin’s most popular tire, tested on all truck brands, is designed for punishing environments such as oil sands and other surface mining operations where safety and performance is the goal,” says Jamey Fish, director of earthmover marketing for Michelin North America. “Michelin responds to customers’ needs by providing long-lasting innovative products to solve their most demanding business challenges in the specific environments where they operate.”

According to the company, the Michelin XDR3 will replace the Michelin XDR2 line over the next several years.

Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles.

Allison Barwacz

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