Bridgestone rolls out wide-base trailer tire

June 3, 2010
Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS) has introduced the Bridgestone Greatec R125 wide-base trailer radial, which it said boasts improved rolling resistance and increased payload

Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS) has introduced the Bridgestone Greatec R125 wide-base trailer radial, which it said boasts improved rolling resistance and increased payload.

The R125 is approved for use on EPA SmartWay-certified equipment and for use on CARB-compliant vehicles, BBTS, a division of Bridgestone America Tire Operations, said.

“Greatec R125 is an excellent choice for fleets that prefer to use wide-base single trailer tires to increase revenue-producing payload,” said Chris Hoffman, manager, TBR & retread product marketing. “Its design also promotes superior rolling resistance, making it an excellent choice for those participating in the SmartWay transportation partnership.

The tire uses Bridgestone’s patented Equalizer Rib and Defense Groove designs to promote uniform rib wear for longer mileage and stress-relief sipes help absorb rib stresses for even wear.

Curbing damage is minimized by tough sidewall protector ribs on both sides, allowing the tire to be flipped should one side wear away. The Greatec R125 uses casing-saving stone rejector platforms in each tread groove to help prevent trapped stones from pushing deeper into the tread grooves and piercing the belt layer, damaging the belts, and exposing them to rust.

The patented Waved Belt design balances stiffness and resiliency to provide a stable casing. The T.I.P. (turn-In ply) design increases bead durability by removing the ply end from harm’s way, wrapping it around the bead bundle – an innovation that promotes a stronger, more resilient bead, BBTS said.

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