John Deere zero-turn mowers are now available with the Tweel: an airless tire Michelin introduced in 2012.
John Deere and Michelin Tweel Technologies today announce the new MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF for commercial ZTrak mowers. The new MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is an airless radial tire sold exclusively for John Deere ZTrak 900 Series models with 54-, 60- and 72-inch deck sizes. Unlike traditional pneumatic tires, the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF virtually eliminates tire downtime and is nearly maintenance free.
Landscape professionals can experience greater performance, increased uptime and a lower cost of ownership with the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF. It offers uniform cut quality, enhanced operator comfort, and increased productivity. Because the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is an airless radial tire, it minimizes the cost and time spent on repairs and maintenance.
The X TWEEL TURF has the same dimensions and bolt pattern as a standard 24x12x12 tire, and features automotive rubber technology, allowing the tread to last up to three times longer than standard turf tires.
“John Deere has consistently offered revolutionary technology to the professional landscape contractor, such as Mulch On Demand, the first mowers with an integrated transmission, E85 Flex Fuel capability, and now – in partnership with Michelin – the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF,” said Nick Minas, product manager, John Deere Commercial Mowing. “Since the MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is nearly maintenance free, these could very well be the last rear tires contractors will ever need for their zero-turn mowers.”
The first commercial MICHELIN X TWEEL airless radial was introduced in October 2012 for use on skid steer loaders. In 2013, the MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL was selected as one of the Contractors’ Top 50 New Products by readers of Equipment Today. In January 2014, Equipment World named the MICHELIN X TWEEL SSL one of the “five game-changing” construction products of 2013 for their 2014 Innovations Awards.
“The MICHELIN X TWEEL TURF is the no maintenance, no downtime, no compromise solution – bolt it on and forget it,” said Jack Olney, commercial director for Michelin Tweel Technologies. “The TWEEL airless radial innovation coupled with John Deere’s tradition of providing superior quality mowers sets a new standard for the landscape industry.”