LOUISVILLE, KY. Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, introduced a new long-wearing Bridgestone-brand R287A steer tire today at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.
The tire, which is EPA SmartWay certified and California Air Resources Board compliant, offers improved tread wear and mileage for low cost per mile in regional and long-haul applications, the company said.
“The R287A is a refinement of a successful product, the R287 steer,” said Chris Hoffman, manager, TBR & retread product marketing, BBTS. “The new tire offers superior worn appearance and longer tread life. Engineers altered the Side Groove structure of the new R287A for enhanced appearance as the tires wear.”
The Side Groove acts as a shock absorber, helping prevent shoulder edge wear from spreading to the ribs. The Equalizer Rib feature promotes uniform rib wear and higher removal mileage.
The R287A steer uses an enhanced cap/base compound and design for improved mileage. The top, or cap compound is formulated to wear slowly, fight irregular wear and run cooler for superior tread life, BBTS said. The base compound shields the casing from damaging tread heat for enhanced retreadability.
A shallow 16/32 in. tread depth for less tread squirm also promotes longer mileage. The casing incorporates four full steel belts and an all-steel casing ply, and is designed to minimize heat buildup for long life and retreadability.