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Michelin launch higher-speed earthmover tyre

Michelin earthmover tyre

New XMINE D2 LC L5** offers 66% increase in operating speed for load-and-carry applications

MICHELIN have launched the new 50/65 R 51 XMINE D2 Long Cycle (LC) L5** tyre specifically to meet the needs of surface mine operators who require higher speed capabilities from their loader tyres, while still maintaining high levels of damage resistance and reliability.

To operate at maximum efficiency, many surface mine operators are demanding higher speed capabilities from the tyres they use in their load-and-carry operations. This requires different tyre specifications that allow a higher distance-per-hour capability.

As a result, Michelin have designed the new XMINE D2 LC L5** tyre, which is able to cover a distance of up to 10km each hour compared with the 6 km limit of Michelin’s current tyre, the XMINE D2 SR.

This 66% increase in operating speed has been made possible due to a new tread compound that effectively limits heat build-up within the tyre. The new compound is also highly resistant to damage, leading to an overall reduction in machine downtime, improved efficiency and, therefore, cost savings for the operator.

In addition to the new tread compound, the XMINE D2 LC L5** features a robust 116mm deep-tread design which resists cuts, impact damage and wear. This is coupled with a tough radial steel casing to resist punctures and together these components help optimize tyre life.

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