MUSCATINE, Iowa — Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions (BBTS), a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, has introduced the new Bridgestone-brand Greatec R125 wide base trailer radial for low rolling resistance and increased payload.
The Greatec R125 is approved for use on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay-certified equipment and is ideal for fleets running California Air Resources Board (CARB)-compliant vehicles.
“Greatec R125 is an excellent choice for fleets who prefer to use wide base single trailer tires to increase revenue-producing payload,” Chris Hoffman, manager, TBR and retread product marketing, said. “Its design also promotes superior rolling resistance, making it an excellent choice for those participating in the SmartWay transportation partnership.
“Greatec R125 trailer radials also meet today’s California’s CARB requirements. Starting this year, all 2011 model-year trailers must use low rolling resistance tires certified by SmartWay in order to run in California. Within three years, that rule applies to all trailers 53 feet and longer.” Greatec R125 uses several irregular-wear-fighting innovations for long, even tread life. Bridgestone’s patented Equalizer Rib and Defense Groove designs promote uniform rib wear for longer mileage. Stress-relief sipes absorb rib stresses for even wear, Hoffman said, adding that tough sidewall protector ribs on both sides fight curbing damage to protect the casing.
“Should the protector rib on one side wear away, the tire can be flipped over for continued protection,” Hoffman said. “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 R125 benefits from Bridgestone’s patented waved belt design that balances stiffness and resiliency to provide a strong, stable casing that, in turn, produces a remarkably stable footprint shape throughout the life of the tire, Hoffman said.
The T.I.P.TM (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.
For more information on Greatec R125 wide base trailer tires, contact a local BBTS sales representative, dealer or truckstop operator or visit www.BridgestoneTrucktires.com. 8
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