Originally designed for military special operations on light-tactical vehicles, the Michelin X Tweel UTV 26x9N14 airless radial tire serves as a single unit that replaces pneumatic tires and removes the need for maintenance, spare tires or repair kits.
“You bolt on that product and that’s it,” said Justin MacLanders, business development manager for Michelin Tweel Technologies.
Initially, these tires will be sold as a fitment for the replacement market.
The Tweel tire was introduced commercially in 2012 for skid steer loaders and the airless radial tires have since then expanded to zero-turn mowers, stand-on mowers and golf carts. Now Michelin is turning to the UTV market, whose customers demand nonstop mobility, traction and freedom.
“UTV users operate these machines in arduous environments and extreme conditions where vehicles are exposed to rugged, jagged terrain and other hostile elements,” said Olivier Brauen, vice president of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “The Michelin X Tweel UTV airless radial tire is a solution that will provide unmatched traction and uninterrupted vehicle mobility during long journeys or in remote areas where a flat tire can be problematic.”
The new UTV tires are ideal for use in construction, landscape, quarry, mine, hurricane/tornado and other debris-laden areas where flat tires can cause serious and extreme interruptions.
The spokes are designed to dampen bumps, improving operator comfort, yet also have the stiffness needed for cornering and side-hill stability, according to Michelin.
The Tweel tires have a 37-mph speed rating and can handle a maximum gross vehicle weight of 2,860 pounds.
The tires are currently available for online sales or through the Michelin Tweel dealer network. Customers can choose from three hub configurations that will fit two different bolt patterns: 4×137 and 4×156. These fit a variety of UTVs including the Kawasaki Mule and Polaris Ranger.
Additional hub configurations will be available with the 4×110 coming out later in 2018 and the 5×4.5 in 2019.
Bobcat introduces rear camera kit for skid steers and compact track loaders
The camera kit allows the operator to have a continuous rear view of the machine to avoid coming into contact with obstacles that could cause damage to the area and/or the equipment.
Developed specifically for compact loaders, the kit includes a 4.3-inch LCD color monitor with an LED backlit screen, wiring harness, mounts and a tailgate-mounted camera. The camera offers a 118-degree horizontal viewing angle and an 89-degree vertical viewing angle.
Users can change multiple screen and camera settings to enhance the display in both light and dark conditions. An anti-glare, scratch resistant screen also helps provide an optimal image. The system is rated for both dust and water exposure.
The rear camera kit is integrated into the loader so when the ignition is turned on so does the camera, running continuously during both forward and reverse motions. The display’s integrated circuit protects the system from over and under voltage, spikes, ripples and load dumps.
The camera and display are both shock and vibration resistant and are suitable for any job. Internal heaters remove condensation, snow and ice from the lens, so operators don’t have worry about having a clear view in weather and temperatures ranging from -40 degrees F to 185 degrees F.
A heavy-duty metal housing and rubber backlit keypad further help protect the components, Bobcat says.
The kit is compatible with any M-Series or newer Bobcat loader model. The rear camera kit can be purchased through Bobcat Parts and installed at their local Bobcat dealer in about two hours or less. Customers can also install the kit themselves if they want.
Milwaukee Tool adds its first chainsaw to the 18V system line
This 16” chainsaw cuts faster than 40cc gas units, according to the company, and can deliver 150 cuts per charge.
“One of the most frequently requested tools by our users has been a Milwaukee chainsaw,” said Andrew Lenz, senior product manager for Milwaukee Tool. “Unwilling to settle on subpar performance, we continued to advise our cordless technologies until we could provide a solution that truly delivers game-changing power and run-time that outperforms small gas engines and higher voltage systems. Through a ground-up redesign of our electronics, to the manufacture of a powerful new motor and brand-new powerhouse – the M18 Redlithium High Output HD12.0 battery – our new M18 Fuel 16” chainsaw was born.”
A brand new Powerstate brushless mower was created for this chainsaw, allowing it to sustain power and speed in tougher applications. Milwaukee also redesigned its Redlink Plus Intelligence package, which ensures maximum performance, protecting against overloading and overheating. Users can also achieve instantaneous throttle response, reaching full speed in under a second.
The new battery enables the chainsaw to have 50 percent more power while running 50 percent cooler and having 33 percent more run time than the HD9.0 battery. Below are more specs on the chainsaw:
- 16” Oregon Bar & Chain
- Speed: 6,600 RPM
- Length: 33”
- Chain Gauge: .043”
- Chain Pitch: 3/8” Low Profile
- Oiler: Automatic
- Dual Stud for improved bar and chain retention
- Variable Speed Trigger
- Weight: 13.9 lbs w/battery
- 3-year warranty
The new chainsaw will be available in July 2018.