FINDLAY, Ohio—Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. has added eight SKUs to its Ironman I-Series I-109 EcoFT and I-109 truck tire lines.
Those include a tubeless LT7.50R16/14 commercial all-steel construction offering.
The Ironman I-109 EcoFT SKUs are now available, Hercules said, while the I-109 tubeless, all-steel tire will be available later this quarter.
According to Hercules, the I-109 EcoFT and I-109 regional all-position tires are suitable for application in all wheel positions and feature a five-rib solid shoulder design that yields:
• Increased mileage.
• Maximum stability to alleviate abnormal wear in all positions.
• Non-decoupling wear resistance in regional steer axle use.
“These key sizes represent a great deal of new opportunity for our dealers,” said Pat Tripp, director of TBR product and purchasing for Hercules Tire.
“The new I-109 EcoFT sizes are designed for steer axle usage in high-scrub, regional service applications, but can be used in all wheel positions,” he said. “And, with EcoFT compound, these tires are equally suited for on-highway service application with the same vehicular unit.”
Ironman I-109 EcoFT additions are produced with Hercules' exclusive EcoFT compound, the company said, and are part of the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay-verified technologies of low rolling resistance tires. They include these sizes: 11R22.5/14, 11R22.5/16, 11R24.5/14, 11R24.5/16, 295/75R22.5/14, 295/75R22.5/16 and 285/75R24.5/14.
The Ironman I-109 tubeless, all-steel offering in a commercial LT7.50R16/14 replaces the previous tube-type version, Hercules noted, negating the need for a tube and yielding a cooler running, longer-wearing tire in all service applications. The I-109 SKU is built with a standard compound and is not SmartWay verified, the company said.
Hercules is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tire Distributors Holdings Inc.