Case Construction Equipment, Racine, Wisconsin, has announced the availability of Michelin X Tweel SSL all-terrain airless radial tires as a factory-approved/supplied option on all skid-steer loader models the company offers. Airless radial tires perform just like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with penetrations and impact damage, Case says, noting it 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. No complex wheel/tire mounting equipment is needed, and no air pressure must be maintained once each tire is bolted on. The AT models feature a deep open tread design to provide cleaning and traction and a deep layer of undertread, allowing the core to be retread many times, according to Case.
“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 stability and enables a skid-steer loader to work rapidly with more comfort for the operator, reducing driver fatigue while improving productivity, Case says. 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 also resisting damage and absorbing impacts. Additionally, the unique energy transfer within the high-strength polyresin spokes reduces the “bounce” associated with pneumatic tires, according to Case.