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Michelin Rolls Out New Surface-Mine Tire

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michelinxdr3_mb4Michelin North America has unveiled the Michelin XDR3 MB4 surface mine-haul tire.

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Developed for 400-plus-ton trucks, the tire features compounds and a new tread pattern that provides longer tire life, increased by a minimum of 10%, Michelin said. According to the tiremaker, the use of corrosion-isolating cables incorporated into the XDR3 tire structure provides 10% greater tire endurance.

The tire is also optimized for operator safety, Michelin said. The XDR3’s tread pattern provides load distribution across the contact patch and is designed to lower contact pressure and reduce wear rate. In addition, the tread pattern is designed for better endurance and this prevents overheating, which can result in tire failure, Michelin said.

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“Michelin’s most popular tire, tested on all truck brands, is designed for punishing environments such as oil sands and other surface-mining operations where safety and performance is the goal,” said Jamey Fish, director of earthmover marketing for Michelin North America. “Michelin responds to customers’ needs by providing long-lasting innovative products to solve their most demanding business challenges in the specific environments where they operate.”

The XDR3 is available in the 40.00R57 size and is MEMS-ready. It has a load capacity of nearly 36 tons.

The Michelin XDR3 will replace the Michelin XDR2 line over the next several years.

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