WAKEFIELD, Mass.—Yokohama Off-Highway Tires (YOHT) has launched a pair of Galaxy-brand steel-belted radials designed for skid-steers and surface mining, the AT Grip Steel and LDSR 510, respectively.
The AT Grip Steel steer radial was designed in close consultation with skid- steer operators and industrial tire dealers, YOHT said, which resulted in an all-around performance design engineered to deliver higher performance and longer tire life for skid steers.
"What we found when we sat down to talk to skid-steer operators and tire dealers about skid-steer radials is that the market is ready for the benefits radials deliver—more hours, better traction, better ride, and overall lower cost of ownership," according to Dhananjay Bisht, product manager—earthmoving, construction and industrial tires for YOHT.
"But what we also heard loud and clear was that they really wanted a strong sidewall. The feature they admired most about their old bias-ply tires was the stability and durability of the sidewalls.
"So we developed a radial tire that delivers the footprint and ride benefits of radial construction as well as a much sturdier, reinforced sidewall."
The Galaxy AT Grip Steel features an extra sidewall ply to add thickness and stiffness and immediately below the bead, Yokohama added a stiff flex-dampening layer that directs sidewall deflection away from the rim, reducing damage from lower-sidewall movement.
On the surface of the sidewall, twin rim protectors minimize impact and rubbing damage to the tire.