General Introduces Wide Base Tire for Construction, Severe Service

November 2010, - Feature

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General Truck Tires introduced its first all-position wide base tire for NAFTA, the Grabber OA Wide Base, for the severe service and construction markets, in size 445/65R22.5.

Fleets operating in severe service and construction applications, such as fire service, waste hauling and concrete mixing, need confidence that their tires can handle heavy loads and stand up to off-road conditions. The Grabber OA (Off Road, All Position) Wide Base, designed for super single fitment for steer and trailer positions, addresses these needs with a high carrying capacity and reinforced shoulder to add protection against curbing and abrasions.

The tire's 21/32nds of tread depth, coupled with a cut- and chip-resistant tread compound, also assures these demanding customers that they can depend on this tire for long lifetimes, said Clif Armstrong, director of marketing for truck tires.

The Grabber OA Wide Base carries up to 12,800 pounds in a super single fitment. The deep grooves in the tread elements and an aggressive pattern help improve traction on soft soil and muddy roadways. The thick undertread also resists casing penetrations from stones and other debris often found in off-road applications, allowing for multiple retreads. While the 445/65R22.5 size will be available for orders this month, additional sizes (385/65R22.5 and 425/65R22.5) are scheduled for introduction in 2011.

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