Michelin Unveils Next Generation Tweel Skid Steer Tires

The new X TWEEL 2 AT and HST airless tires feature embedded 8-bolt hub design with mechanical interlock for increased durability.

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Making its North American debut at Ag in Motion in Saskatchewan, the MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL 2 AT and HST 12N16.5 ─ the airless tire solution for skid steers ─ will launch the new version of its award-winning airless radial tire in both an all-terrain (AT) and a hard-surface version (HST). Available Aug. 1 in the United States and Canada, this is Michelin’s first embedded 8-bolt hub that is interlocked mechanically to increase durability.

“The new Tweel SSL 2 maintains all of the key benefits of the first generation version. In addition, it is designed to improve robustness, meet the vigorous demands placed on skid steer tires in a variety of applications,” says Justin L. Brock, Michelin Marketing Manager ─ Construction and Tweel Segment for North America. “The new features include a mechanical hub connection versus the chemical adhesion used in the first generation.” [299767]%20 Tweel Ssl2onrock

The TWEEL SSL 2 is designed with:

  • Improved shear beam construction that maximizes core life.1
  • New spoke formulation provides up to 10 times greater spoke life.2
  • Maximum load of 4,400 lbs.

“The SSL 2 AT is designed for use in 80% of off-road applications. The HST is built for work done on hard surfaces such as asphalt and pavement,” continues Brock.

The TWEEL offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise and no downtime. The X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a flat tire, allowing users to stay in operation with limited downtime to maximize profitability. The X TWEEL SSL also delivers the advantages of easy mounting, damage resistance, exceptional operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than standard pneumatic tires.

The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL 2 HST is constructed with a 48/32nd-in. tread depth with 8/32nd-in. of undertread. The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL 2 AT is constructed with a 31/32nd-in. tread depth with 12/32nd-in. of undertread. The outer core tread can be retreaded multiple times for an effective overall cost of ownership. These new products come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. 

1 Based on an internal drum endurance test comparing the MICHELIN X Tweel SSL and the MICHELIN X Tweel SSL 2. Actual results may vary.
2 Based on commissioned third-party testing of crack growth under fully relaxing conditions, comparing the crack growth rate of the MICHELIN X Tweel SSL and the MICHELIN X Tweel SSL 2. Actual results may vary.