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Michelin Expands Airless Radial Turf Product Line

At the Green Industry Expo in Louisville, Ky., Michelin will showcase three new Turf products coming to the prosumer and commercial zero-turn radius (ZTR) line.

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Michelin North America, Inc. is adding to the portfolio of its Tweel airless radial line.

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At the Green Industry Expo in Louisville, Ky., Michelin will showcase three new Turf products coming to the prosumer and commercial zero-turn radius (ZTR) line. New Turf products include the 15-in. ZTR caster design for larger commercial diesel mowers, 22-in. Turf size ZTR mowers for the prosumer market and a hub for electric ZTR mowers made by Mean Green.

To accompany diesel ZTR mowers that use a 26-in. drive tire, the new 15-in. Michelin X Tweel Turf Caster will make its debut in 2020. The new 15x6N6 size configuration is designed to provide enhanced performance and more stability with its flat, smooth-rubber tread design and is able to fit a large range of mowers, including the John Deere Z997R Diesel. The tire has a load capacity of 370-pounds and a 16-mph speed rating.

ZTR mower operators will be able to buy the Michelin X Tweel Turf airless solution using 22-in., rear tire/wheels with 4×4 or 5×4.5-in. bolt-pattern hubs for their prosumer mowers in the first quarter of 2020, the company says. The 4×4-in. bolt pattern has a 529-pound load capacity, while the 4×5.4-in. bolt pattern has a 727-pound load capacity. Available on original equipment or aftermarket, the 22-in., black-hub version will fit Bad Boy Elite (4×4); Grasshopper 700 series (5×4.5); Hustler Raptor SDX & FasTrac (4×4); and Kubota SZ Stand-On & Z100 (4×4).

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Designed for customers who use the Mean Green Rival mower with 52-inch or 60-inch mower-deck options, Michelin has engineered a new electric-motor, green-wheel hub for 24x12N12 turf tires. The hub will have a 5×6.5-inch bolt pattern and a 1.70-inch offset and will be available starting in the second quarter of 2020. Visitors to GIE will be able to preview the hub in the Mean Green booth, Michelin says.

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