Trelleborg Brawler HPS Soft Ride makes North American debut at Waste EXPO
Re-engineered solid tire offers radically improved operator comfort and equipment-life through reduced vibration
Trelleborg Wheel Systems debuted the Brawler HPS Soft Ride, a new solid tire designed and developed specifically for the waste management and recycling industries, to the North American market at Waste EXPO in New Orleans, Louisiana, May 9-11, 2017.
Demonstrating Trelleborg’s commitment to protecting people and assets, this re-engineered version of the Brawler solid tire offers radically improved operator comfort and equipment-life through reduced vibration, while retaining the signature Brawler life performance in the harshest of applications.
“Extensive testing of the Brawler Soft Ride showed a 35% improvement in comfort compared to the standard solid tires used in the waste management and recycling segment,” said Ditri Zweistra, Segment Manager Specialty-Mining, Waste & Recycling at Trelleborg. “For our customers, these results mean that this tire offers the life performance of a solid tire, with the operator comfort level of a foam-filled pneumatic tire: the ideal per hour cost of ownership for a segment that presents especially challenging environments.”
The Soft Ride tire features a new cushion rubber compound that significantly increases deflection and shock absorption. Combined with the Brawler ultra-cut-resistant tread compound this makes for a solid tire that is very tough, yet much less stiff. At the bottom line, this means all the benefits of a premium quality solid tire, plus a much more comfortable ride for operators, no loss of load-index, and increased efficiency even at higher operating speeds.
Adds Mr. Zweistra, “The Brawler HPS Soft Ride was field-tested for over two years at waste and recycling facilities around the world. At diverse locations, in a range of environments, the reactions of both operators and site managers were the same: ‘We don’t want to switch back.’ Trelleborg’s investment in this process, our time spent with customers in order to best understand and solve their key issues, is at the heart of our applications expertise.”