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Firestone DuraForce AT-R Radial Tires For Loader Backhoe Front Axles
August 5, 2008

The Bridgestone Firestone Off Road Products Division offers sizes of DuraForce radial tires specifically for the front axles of loader backhoes. The two tires are: 320/80 R18 DuraForce AT-R (approved rim widths 9.00 inches, 10.00 inches); 340/80 R18 DuraForce AT-R (approved rim widths 10.00 inches, 11.00 inches). DualForce Radial tires increase forward and reverse traction significantly- up to 18 percent over bias equivalent- because their larger footprint reduces wheel slip. Because of the better traction, fuel efficiency improves as well compared with bias tires. Other radial benefits include: Lowered costs per hour, since shorter cycle times may increase productivity; Increased tire life- up to 33 percent extended wear-generates more working hours, less downtime, lower service costs and fewer tire replacements; Reduced road vibration- the Duraforce AT-R features a harmonically noise-treated tread design that reduces cab noise and road vibration for reduced operator fatigue and improved operational comfort.