Cooper Tire has launched a new mixed service wide base all-position tire as part of its Cooper Severe Series lineup, designed for the harsh operating conditions found in construction truck applications.
The Cooper Severe Series WBA features a five-rib design with 23/32nds of tread and a unique zigzag rib in the center. The tire is designed to provide exceptional traction and cornering in slippery construction site conditions. The tire is designed to provide long miles to removal and is particularly suited for mixers and dump trucks, according to Cooper Tire.
“Since many of our customers run 80% to 90% on-road, with the other duty cycles off-road in quarries and on gravel roads, the tire must give optimal performance in both driving conditions,” said Gary Schroeder, executive director of Cooper’s global truck and bus tire business. “We balance tire life – long miles to removal – with a durable tire that holds up against the toughest of conditions.”
Special cut, chip and chunk resistant compounds, plus Cooper’s Scrub Guard technology, help the tire withstand scrubbing, curbs, and other obstacles typically encountered during operations to ensure longer tire life while maintaining casing integrity.
Featuring notched circumferential ribs, the tire has stone ejector ledges to help reduce and prevent the penetration of sharp rocks and stones. In addition, grooved walls contain a dual “shelf” to aid in tread stability – minimizing squirm when cornering – while providing additional stone protection. Tie bars stabilize the center rib for better driving performance and a five-inch steel band reinforcement in the lower sidewall provides reinforcement and casing durability.