Why Use Michelin X Tweel Turf?
John Deere recently announced the ZTrak 900 B, M or R series commercial zero turn mowers would be the first equipped with the Michelin X Tweels in the spring of 2015. They say the Tweels lifespan is three times that of a pneumatic tire. Tweels never go flat which eliminates costly breakdowns associated with flat tires or unseated beads. They are also maintenance free since there is no air pressure to maintain. The unique design of the spokes will help dampen bumpy rides well navigating over bumps, curbs, rocks or other debris. The Tweel option on the John Deere ZTrak Series will set you back an additional $749. Some would say that is not worth the money. But that really all depends on how rough the terrian is where the mower is being used. For operators who've experience several flat tires in the past, this option would be well worth the money and time it would save from repairs.
What is a Tweel?
Michelin Americas Research Company in Greenville, SC come up with the technology that made this non-pneumatic airless radial tire that brings together the wheel assembly and tire together into one solid unit. A Tweel is made of a rigid hub that is connected to a shear beam with flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes. This essentially allows the entire wheel to function as one single unit instead of like a traditional air filled tire mounted onto a rim. The Tweel tires cannot go flat since they are airless which makes them ideal commercial purposes such as construction, landscaping, contracting, agricultural and recycling yard industries.
Manufactured in the USA!
Michelin recently built a new 135,000 square ft plant just outside of Greenville, SC for the cost of $50 million dollars that employes approximately 100 people. Here Michelin will exclusively mass produce their X Tweel for commercial available equipment. This is the world's first airless radial tire manufacturing facility. The former research director for Michelin, Ralph Hulseman says that airless radial tire technology can and will be adapted for passenger vehicles in the near future.
To learn more about the MICHELIN Tweel airless radial tires, visit www.michelintweel.com. MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® is a registered trademark, and MICHELIN® X® TWEEL® TURF™ is a trademark, owned by Michelin North America, Inc