NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bridgestone Americas Inc. last week introduced the FuelTech Drive retread for the drive wheel position, the newest addition to the tire manufacturer’s Bandag MaxTread line.
The MaxTread FuelTech Drive is a SmartWay-verified, closed-shoulder retread engineered for fleets operating in over-the-road hauling services. The retread, which uses a special tread compound to lower rolling resistance and deliver excellent mileage performance, is also California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant.
“The new MaxTread FuelTech Drive retread is a fuel-efficient tire solution that maximizes mileage and performance,” said Keith Iwinski, director of marketing, Bandag, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Ideal for fleets operating in truckload and less-than-truckload applications, this drive tire position retread delivers reliable and sustainable tire performance positively impacting a fleet’s bottom line.”
The MaxTread FuelTech Drive tire is engineered to reduce energy loss by lowering rolling resistance for optimum fuel efficiency. The tire is designed for long, even tread wear and features advanced technology that controls the movement of the tire’s ribs and tread blocks during rotation, according to a statement from Bridgestone. The MaxTread FuelTech Drive tire also provides multiple gripping edges and a siped tread design to provide trusted traction on wet and dry surfaces.
Earlier this year, Bridgestone introduced the Bandag MaxTread line designed to deliver reliability comparable to new tires, featuring quality Bandag retreads as a stand-alone, single-unit tire solution rather than a traditional tire cap and casing offering. The line includes trailer, drive and all-position fitments for light truck, waste, long haul, severe service, and pickup and delivery applications.
The Bandag MaxTread line includes nine popular Bandag retread patterns outlined below:
- Drive position: BDM, BDLT, BDV, DR5.3, DR4.3, FuelTech Drive;
- Trailer position:1, Eclipse SST; and
Each Bandag MaxTread tire is locally retreaded and backed by a lifetime limited warranty that features 100% coverage for the life of the tread, according to Bridgestone.