Left to right Alcoarsquos new Ultra One 245in by 825in wheel 225in by 14in wheel and 225in by 9in wheel Photo by Sean KilcarrFleet Owner

Left to right: Alcoa’s new Ultra One 24.5-in. by 8.25-in. wheel, 22.5-in. by 14-in. wheel, and 22.5-in. by 9-in. wheel. (Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

Alcoa adds new sizes to Ultra One aluminum wheel family

New MagnaForce aluminum alloy makes those wheels even lighter

NASHVILLE. Alcoa Wheel Products added to its Ultra One family of lightweight aluminum truck wheels with three new sizes here at the 2016 Technology & Maintenance (TMC) annual meeting:

  • A 24.5-in. by 8.25-in. wheel that weighs 51 lbs., 3 lbs. less than its predecessor;
  • A 22.5-in. by 14-in. wheel that weighs 52 lbs., which is 2 lbs. less that the model it replaces;
  • And a 22.5-in. by 9-in. wheel that weighs in at either 48 lbs. – which is 3 lbs. lighter than the model it replaces – or at 56 lbs., based on fitment needs, with a 10,000-lb. load rating, making it ideal for  refuse collection, logging, mining and other heavy-haul applications.

Todd Hershberger, VP-sales and marketing for Alcoa Wheel Products, said during a press conference that those new wheel sizes will become available for ordering May 15 this year and touted them as “heavy-duty wheels without the ‘heavy.’”

He added that the wheels are also backed by Alcoa’s limited 5-year warranty and, because they are corrosion resistant, they do not require stripping and repainting – further lowering operator maintenance costs.

Hershberger added that Alcoa’s new MagnaForce alloy makes the new Ultra One wheel sizes 17% stronger than models made with its previous 6061 aluminum alloy; allowing Alcoa to achieve those weight savings.

 

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