Bridgestone at bauma 2010
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU) displayed an impressive array of off-the-road tires at bauma 2010. The Bridgestone booth featured the world’s largest tire together with other well known off-the-road radial tires for the construction sector.
The L3 tread-class VJT radial series for general use on wheeled loaders, first unveiled in 2005, will be completed at the end of 2010 with the addition of two more dimensions: 17.5R25 and 29.5R25. Strengths demonstrated by the VJT are high stability and ride comfort, achieving a big improvement over its predecessor.
Minimal vibration at high speed makes the VJT ideally suited for “load and carry” operations. Its strong, straight sidewalls provide the stability necessary for high productivity, and a shoulder protector minimizes damage from cuts and impacts.
An eye-catching feature of the display was the world’s largest off-the-road radial tire: 59/80R63, represented for the first time with the new pattern VRF, it weighs 5,2 t and has an impressive 4,02 m diameter. This giant tire is designed to fit the huge 380 to 400 t rigid dump trucks working in coal, copper mines and oil sands. It is especially recommended for high ‘’Ton Kilometer Per Hour’’ operations.
The VHS crane tire was also be on display with its brand new F speed rating (maximum speed up to 80 km/h instead of 70 km/h), available in 385/95R25 and 445/95R25.
Completing the Bridgestone product exhibit were the established VSDT, the extra deep tyre excellent for most severe quarry face operations where traction is of utmost importance, and the VCHS especially designed for container handling equipment and enabling safe and stable operations due to its all steel radial casing. Its line up will also be extended in 2010 with the 14.00R24 TL and 12.00R24 TT/TL.
Bridgestone’s tire for heavy-duty mining operations also welcomes the new VREP in 27.00R49, specially designed for 100 t rigid dump trucks working in rock conditions. The benefits produced from this unique tread design are cool running, reduced irregular wear and low vibration, all leading to an improved total tire life. The VREP is a rock tire that is equally at home on high speed or short haul operations.
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