Michelin Earthmover today announced the launch of two new sizes of the Michelin XHA 2, a loader tire for small- and medium-sized wheel loaders used for material handling in quarries and mines, sand, gravel, logging and waste management. The 17.5R25 size is targeted for small-wheel loaders, while the 775/65R29 size is targeted for medium-wheel loaders.
“Michelin worked with customers to determine the sizes that should expand the XHA2 portfolio,” said Jamey Fish, director of marketing for Michelin North American Earthmover. “Michelin then field-tested these new sizes with operators to ensure they will deliver exceptional performance and results.”
The Michelin XHA 2 17.5R25 offers a reduced risk of flats and damage due to an increased volume of rubber and a deeper tread depth of 2/32-inch on the crown. The specially-engineered sidewall compound and robust shoulders are resistant to impacts, splits and cuts, and offer more protection with the enhanced reinforcement. New, non-directional, slightly asymmetrical tread pattern provides gradual contact with the ground, thus reducing vibrations and adding to operator comfort when compared in the field to its predecessor, Michelin XHA. The Michelin XHA 2 17.5R25 replaces the 17.5R25 XHA.
The Michelin XHA 2 775/65R29 is a fitment for the Caterpillar 972M loader. It offers the advantages of a low-profile design that has the same diameter as a 26.5R25 size, excellent stability and improved flotation due to the wider footprint. This wider footprint also provides better traction on all types of surfaces and offers improved wear and traction. The tire is designed to have increased heat resistance which minimizes internal casing temperatures for extended casing life.
Utilizing Michelin high-quality robust casings, a new belt design facilitates retreadability and repair-ability, adding to the overall lifetime value. Optimized retreading means fewer tires needing to be scrapped and a better solution for the environment.