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Michelin Tweel Airless Radial Tire Now Available for UTV Market

Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is introducing a new 26-inch airless radial tire with a four-bolt wheel-pattern hub designed for use on UTV’s that will initially be sold as a fitment for the replacement market. Originally designed for military special operations use on light-tactical vehicles, the MICHELIN® X TWEEL® UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tire is a single unit that replaces the current pneumatic tire/wheel/valve assembly. Once bolted on, there is no air pressure to maintain, thus eliminating the need to carry spare tires, tools or repair kits.

“UTV users operate these machines in arduous environments and extreme conditions where vehicles are exposed to rugged roads, jagged terrain, and other hostile elements,” said Olivier Brauen, vice president of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “The MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV airless radial tire is a solution that will provide unmatched traction and uninterrupted vehicle mobility during long journeys or in remote areas where a flat tire can be problematic.”

The X TWEEL UTV is appropriate for use on construction, farm, landscape, recreation, quarry, mine, emergency service response, logging, parks, hunting, military operations, universities, beach patrol, camping, hurricane/tornado and other debris-laden areas where flat tires cause serious and extreme interruptions.

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In the face of obstacles, the MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV product is designed to perform like a pneumatic radial tire, but with the durability and high damage resistance of an airless tire. The advanced spoke technology helps dampen the ride for enhanced operator comfort while providing outstanding lateral stiffness for excellent cornering and side-hill stability. In addition, the low-pressure contact helps provides outstanding off-road traction performance. The X TWEEL UTV offers quiet performance, energy-efficiency over tracks and robust design to eliminate downtime.

With a 37-mph speed rating at a maximum gross vehicle weight of 2,860 pounds, the MICHELIN X TWEEL UTV is available immediately for online sale or through the MICHELIN TWEEL dealer network.  Users may choose from three hub configurations that will fit 4×137 and 4×156 bolt patterns for a variety of machines, including:

  • BRP Can-Am Defender
  • Kawasaki Mule
  • Polaris Ranger

Additional hub configurations for John Deere, Honda, Kubota, and Argo will be available later in 2018 and 2019. New distribution outlets specifically for this product are currently being explored.  Commercially launched in 2012 with the MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL, the expanding MICHELIN X TWEEL product line includes airless-radial tires for skid steers, zero-turn mowers, stand-on mowers and golf carts.  Michelin is the only manufacturer of airless radial tires and has been the recipient of multiple recognitions for the X TWEEL products in recent years.

About MICHELIN

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. Michelin also offers a full range of innovative services and solutions that help make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. To create unique mobility experiences, Michelin publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. employs more than 20,000 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. To learn more about Michelin Tweel Technologies visit www.michelintweel.com.

Michelin Tweel Available as Factory Option on CASE Skid Steer Loaders

Michelin Tweel Airless Radial Skid Steer Loader Tire Now Available as Factory Option on All CASE Skid Steer Loader Models

Michelin North America, Inc., is partnering with CASE Construction Equipment to add the MICHELIN® 10N16.5 and 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL as factory-approved/supplied option for skid steers loaders. The single unit SSL airless radial tire will be available as an original equipment (OE) option on all CASE skid steer loader models in 2018. The SSL All-Terrain version is designed for rugged off-road working conditions and, a viable option for industries such as construction, landscaping, and agriculture.

“This is a win-win for Tweel SSL and CASE customers,” said Justin Brock, Michelin construction segment marketing manager in North America. “Building relationships in the market is our goal. The market demand for Michelin X Tweel SSL continues to increase. More and more end users are searching for solutions that reduce downtime. The Tweel SSL provides the users this solution, without compromising key deliverables including traction, operator comfort, and machine productivity. With uptime so crucial for customers, the MICHELIN X Tweel provides an unparalleled solution.”

The TWEEL 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 AT models feature a deep open tread design for excellent cleaning and traction, and a deep layer of undertread allows the core to be retreaded. For more information on the Michelin X Tweel SSL, visit MichelinTweel.com. For more information on CASE skid steer loaders, visit CaseCE.com.

CASE Construction Equipment is the first skid steer loader OEM to offer the Michelin X Tweel SSL Airless Radial Tire at time of purchase

CASE Construction Equipment announces the availability of Michelin® X® Tweel® SSL All-Terrain Airless Radial Tires as a factory-approved/supplied option on all skid steer loader models. Airless radial tires perform just like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with penetrations and impact damage. CASE is the first skid steer loader OEM to offer the Michelin X Tweel SSL from the factory.

The Michelin X Tweel SSL is one single unit, replacing traditional tire/wheel/valve assemblies. There is no need for complex wheel/tire mounting equipment. There is no air pressure to maintain once each tire is bolted on. The AT models feature a deep open tread design for excellent cleaning and traction, and a deep layer of undertread allows the core to be retreaded many times.

“CASE offers a broad range of skid steer tires to meet the needs of a variety of applications from general dirt work and landscaping, to road-building, excavation and mining/aggregate environments,” says George MacIntyre, product manager, skid steer loaders, Case Construction Equipment. “The addition of airless radial tires to our lineup of factory-available options expands our current offering and shows our commitment to advanced technology, as well as our dedication to providing our customers with a growing array of machine options that can have a positive impact on total cost of ownership.”

The Michelin X Tweel SSL provides outstanding stability and enables a skid steer loader to work rapidly with more comfort for the operator, reducing driver fatigue while improving productivity. It delivers a consistent footprint with strong wear life that is two-to-three times that of a pneumatic tire at equal tread depth. The proprietary design provides great lateral stiffness while resisting damage and absorbing impacts. Additionally, the unique energy transfer within the high-strength poly-resin spokes reduces the “bounce” associated with pneumatic tires.

For more information on the Michelin X Tweel SSL, visit MichelinTweel.com. For more information on CASE skid steer loaders, visit CaseCE.com.

About the MICHELIN

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 also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,650 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants. To learn more about truck tires and services, visit www.michelintweel.com.

Michelin Expands Tweel Airless Radial Line and Distribution Network

Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., is showcasing new mower products and announcing new distribution outlets during the Green Industry Expo show in Louisville, Ky., with the introduction of:

  • a new 26-inch zero-turn radius (ZTR) mower size for four-bolt wheel-pattern hubs;
  • a new, 18-inch stand-on mower size for a 2018 John Deere model;
  • a new partnership with Sunbelt Outdoor Products for MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF replacement tires and
  • the addition of Ag-Pro as a distributor for X TWEEL TURF products.

“Michelin continues to demonstrate the forward momentum of this award-winning airless tire through the growth of the product portfolio and distribution network,” said Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “With uptime so crucial for our customers, the MICHELIN X TWEEL airless radial tire provides an unparalleled solution. Building relationships in the market are our goal.”

Scag and other operators of ZTR mowers utilizing a 26-inch, four-bolt pattern rear wheel will now be able to buy the no-compromise airless solution for their commercial mowers. Available through the TWEEL dealer network, the black hub version of the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is a single unit, replacing the current tire/wheel/valve assembly. It performs like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with flat tires and unseated beads.

Featured on the 2018 John Deere QuikTrak™ Stand-On commercial lawn mowers, the new 18-inch MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF will be available on this new equipment. The QuikTrak is John Deere’s top-rated stand-on machine for commercial mowers and landscapers. The four-bolt pattern yellow hub is also available on the 24-inch MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF, designed exclusively for the John Deere ZTrak™ 900 Series mowers with 54-, 60- and 72-inch deck sizes.

In an exciting collaboration with Sunbelt Outdoor Products, the distributor will become a partner with Michelin to sell Michelin X TWEEL TURF mower and golf cart products. With seven distribution centers across the United States, Sunbelt Outdoor Products is a wholesale lawn and garden parts distributor, dedicated to servicing outdoor power equipment resellers.

Retail customers will now be able to purchase Michelin X TWEEL TURF products through Ag-Pro Companies. Ag-Pro is one of the largest John Deere dealers in the United States. Headquartered in Boston, Ga., near Thomasville, Ag-Pro operates a total of 50 locations across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Texas — offering sales, parts, and service — with 960 employees.

 

About the MICHELIN

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 also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America, Inc. (www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,650 and operates 20 major manufacturing plants. To learn more about truck tires and services, visit www.michelintruck.com.

Product Report: Michelin X Tweel Airless Radial — Pneumatic vs. Deformable, Non-Pneumatic Tires

MICHELIN X TWEEL Airless Radial