Michelin Tweel Technologies Expands its Line of Airless Radial Tires for Skid Steers
MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® SSL AT now available for machines equipped with 10x16.5 tires
Michelin Tweel Technologies, manufacturer of the award-winning MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® airless radial tire, announced today it will expand the reach of its airless skid steer tires with the launch of a new size — 10N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL All Terrain. The revolutionary tire-wheel assembly, originally introduced four years ago, offers a solution to the seemingly unavoidable challenge of chronic flat tires that plague the millions of skid steer loaders and zero-turn radius mowers utilized by many commercial operations.
Jack Olney, director of sales for Michelin Tweel Technologies, will discuss the new product in detail at 5:30–5:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Booth 2036 (B Wing) during the Green Industry & Equipment Expo at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville (937 Phillips Ln.). Members of the media are invited to attend.
The new 10N16.5 product will be a viable option for those skid steer machines that require the smaller 10-inch dimension. Combined with the 12-inch product, Michelin Tweel Technologies now offers sizes that support the vast majority of skid steer machines on the market today. With the all-terrain tread pattern, designed for use on a wide range of surfaces, the 10N16.5 will serve users in a variety of industries, such as rental fleets, construction and agriculture.
“Responding to customer requests, we developed our newest version of the MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL to give owners and operators of smaller skid steer loader machines the opportunity to experience all of the advantages of the TWEEL® Airless Radial Tire, including reduced downtime due to flats, increased operator comfort and improved productivity,” said Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “We are pleased to broaden our offer to provide this innovative mobility solution to more customers.”
The 10N16.5 has a 31/32-inch tread depth with a 10/32-inch undertread for ease of retreading. The 177 pound tire can support a 3,700-pound maximum load per tire.
The development of Michelin’s Tweel technology is significant since many skid steer loaders equipped with traditional pneumatic tires can experience frequent flat tires. As a solution to reduce flat-tire downtime, many users resort to using foam-filled, solid tires or other alternatives that diminish traction, handling and ride comfort. The TWEEL® Airless Radial Tire offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime since it requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a “flat tire.” The X TWEEL SSL also delivers the advantages of easy mounting, damage resistance, reduced operator fatigue and longer wear life than pneumatic tires.
To learn more about MICHELIN X TWEEL Airless Radial Tires, visit www.michelintweel.com.
 Based on internal controlled wear tests conducted on asphalt and concrete surfaces.
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 (www.michelinman.com) employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.