Tire manufacturer Goodyear has launched the Powerload line for compact wheel loader and small grader machines, which have seen an upsurge in demand due to the growth of construction and development projects around the world.
This segment is a competitive one, with the introduction of new technology from OEMs driven by market demand, the need for more efficient operations, and environmental considerations. With the introduction of Powerload, Goodyear offers a tire range with important advanced technologies specifically designed for the needs of compact wheel loaders and small graders.
These compact machines are typically used in construction, materials loading, logistics support, agriculture and landscaping operations. Therefore, versatility is a key tire characteristic. Long operating hours mean that driver comfort is an important factor, alongside traction and durability.
Powerload features Goodyear’s new Smooth Guard Technology, including an extra thick and smooth rubber layer of protection in the shoulder area and sidewall. The advanced technology provides the range with increased robustness, supporting improved cut resistance and casing protection. In addition, the new range also features a reinforced sidewall construction giving increased stability and easier maneuverability. The new range offers reduced bucket sway in loading operations and offers operators driving precision, confidence, comfort and safety.
The focus on reinforcement and protection continues with protection in the flange cover area. This helps to prevent penetration of foreign objects in the area between the rim and tire – particularly important on building sites where soil, rocks, stones and other debris can damage conventional tires. A new pry-bar notch design helps speed up mounting and removal of tires, minimizing downtime for operators.
The non-directional pattern is the result of further focus on efficiency – supporting easier tire logistics by enabling positions to be rotated and simplifying stocking for the fleet operator. Powerload delivers enhanced traction, essential on construction sites. The design gives superb forward and lateral traction, while the self-cleaning properties help minimize downtime and boost efficiency. The tread pattern is inspired by the proven Goodyear TL-3A+ for larger (25” rim and above) vehicles and optimized for the 18” and 20” sizes in the Powerload range.
Goodyear has also increased the shoulder tread depth compared to previous designs. This supports extended tire life, mileage and can also contribute to a lower operating cost per hour.
The tire maker’s Electric Drive Ready philosophy means the latest tires can be used on electric vehicles as well as hybrid and conventional diesel. This reduces complexity for operators as only one type of tire needs to be stocked for a range of powertrains.
“Powerload brings a focus on minimized downtime, optimized cost per hour, durability and versatility to a growing sector of the off-the-road market,” said Octavian Velcan, managing director, Goodyear OTR and Aviation EMEA. “At Goodyear, we have thought ahead to the future requirements of compact wheel loader and small grader operators to bring technologies that help them navigate challenging terrain to get the job done and keep productivity going up.”