Bridgestone Commercial Solutions announced May 20 at Waste Expo in New Orleans two new Bridgestone tires for heavy duty urban use. The Greatec M845 Wide-Base Radial and M860A High-Scrub All-Position Radial leverage new technologies to meet high demands of urban environments.
“Stop and go driving, oil and chemical residue, pot holes, metal plates, cracked paving, weather – all these road conditions and more pose unique challenges to urban-use tires and are compounded by heavy duty job demands, such as urban waste collection,” said Bert Jones, manager, product marketing, TBR, retread and OTR, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions. “The new design innovations in these tires help prolong tire life, retreadability and keep the tire performing to highest levels.”
The M860A reflects improvements made to the popular Bridgestone M860. It features a new compound that improves wear performance leading to longer life. It is also engineered with a wider belt package that enhances casing durability, making it more retreadable, extending casing asset life.
The Greatec M845 is available in a new size for Bridgestone, 455/55R22.5.
“This new tire size meets the ever increasing need of customers who want to maximize operational efficiencies,” said Jones. “The wide base design allows for heavier loads, requiring fewer trips and ultimately putting more money toward their bottom line.”
Additional features found in each tire include:
• Greatec M845 Wide-Base Radial – Engineered for high-traction and high-scrub applications, the wide-base tire design supports heavier loads, reducing the number of trips required. Next-generation WavedBelt technology reduces irregular shoulder wear. Key innovative elements include: stone rejector platforms to prevent trapped stones, which can damage belts; optimized groove shape to increase durability and enhance retreadability; an aggressive block pattern that promotes wet traction; and a continuous shoulder design for reduced rolling resistance. Other features include, special tread compounds, extra-deep and extra-wide tread, tough sidewall protection, optimized belt package, and patented Turn-In Ply design.
• M860A High-Scrub All-Position Radial – Engineered specifically for refuse, high-scrub and short-haul applications, the M860A features a special compound that improves wear performance and life span while a wider belt package enhances casing durability and increases retreadability. Key innovative elements include: aggressive blocks to bite into soft surfaces for better traction; stone rejector platforms; angled grooves to promote wet traction; solid shoulder design to evenly distribute weight and torque to fight irregular wear and block squirm for even wear. Other features include a long-lasting tread designed to spread load over a larger area for long life, a special cap compound, sidewall protector ribs, wide casing and wide belt design, and reinforced bead.
The M860A will be available in June and the Greatec M845 will be available in July.