Posted on February 27, 2017

New Michelin Hard Surface Traction Airless Radial Tire Available for Skid Steers


GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 27, 2017 Michelin Tweel Technologies has introduced a Hard Surface Traction (HST) version of its award-winning MICHELIN® 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL Airless Radial Tire.  For skid steer operators who work on hard or highly abrasive surfaces, such as asphalt and paving, tires tend to have a short tread life due to the aggressive nature of these applications on tires. Operators are constantly looking for options with excellent wear characteristics, but many cannot afford any major compromise in off-the-pavement traction. 


The TWEEL SSL HST is designed for operators who are involved with construction, transfer stations, waste handling, pavement maintenance or material handling. These operators benefit from the longevity a hard-surface solution offers without major sacrifices in off-the-pavement traction. The TWEEL HST offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise, no downtime — the X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a "flat tire" and allowing users to stay in operation with limited downtime to maximize profitability and cost per hour from the solution. The X TWEEL SSL also delivers the advantages of easy mounting, damage resistance, exceptional operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than standard pneumatic tires.


“The development of this product was in direct response to customer demand,” said Justin L. Brock, Michelin Agriculture’s compact line business manager in North America. “Our customers are looking for a long-wearing, hard-surface solution that also provides traction in off-the-pavement applications when needed”.


Available in the United States, Canada and Mexico, the TWEEL SSL HST provides more longevity on pavement, asphalt and other hard surfaces. The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL HST is constructed with a 48/32nd tread depth containing a high scrub compound for maximum tread life. With 8/32nd of undertread, the outer core tread can be retreaded multiple times for an effective overall cost of ownership. The spokes are specially designed to enhance the TWEEL SSL HST endurance.


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Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (