GREENVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 29, 2012) –Michelin is now distributing the MICHELIN® X-TWEEL™ SSL, a non-pneumatic mobility solution for skid steer loaders in the landscaping, construction, contracting, refuse/recycling and agricultural industries.
The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X-Tweel SSL hub design is universal and can be fitted on most skid steer loaders. It is available in the U.S. and Canada as a no compromise solution for skid steer owners.
Introduced by Michelin in 2005, the Tweel (a tire and wheel assembly) is a single unit replacing the current tire, wheel and valve assembly. It replaces the 23 components of a typical radial tire and is comprised of a rigid hub, connected to a shear band by means of flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes and a tread band, all functioning as a single unit.
“This is a very exciting time for Michelin,” said Tim Fulton, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “Michelin captured the fascination of the world with the concept of the Tweel; now landscapers, contractors and other skid steer loader operators will have the opportunity to use this innovative technology in their everyday businesses and experience the advantages first-hand.”
Skid steer loaders with pneumatic tires typically experience several flat tires per month. To reduce downtime from flats, many users fill their pneumatic tires with foam or replace them with solid tires, resulting in machines with inadequate traction, handling and ride comfort.
The MICHELIN® X-TWEEL™ SSL solves this problem by delivering no maintenance, no downtime and no compromise. The TWEEL provides the advantages of no maintenance of air pressure, easy mounting, damage resistance, increased operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity, longer wear life than pneumatic tires, and excellent traction. The Tweel has years of field testing in the most demanding work site environments.
To learn more about the MICHELIN Skid Steer Tweel, visit www.michelintweel.com.
About Michelin North America
Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelinman.com) has more than 21,400 employees and operates 19 major manufacturing plants.