Michelin Tweel Technologies, a division of Michelin North America, Inc., showcased new mower products and announced new distribution outlets at GIE+EXPO 2017. The news was as follows:
- New 26-inch zero-turn-radius (ZTR) mower size for four-bolt wheel-pattern hubs
- New, 18-inch stand-on mower size for a 2018 John Deere model
- New partnership with Sunbelt Outdoor Products for Michelin X Tweel Turf replacement tires
- Addition of Ag-Pro as a distributor for X Tweel Turf products
“Michelin continues to demonstrate the forward momentum of this award-winning airless tire through the growth of the product portfolio and distribution network,” said Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies. “With uptime so crucial for our customers, the Michelin X Tweel airless radial tire provides an unparalleled solution. Building relationships in the market is our goal.”
Scag and other operators of ZTR mowers using a 26-inch, four-bolt pattern rear wheel will now be able to buy the no-compromise airless solution for their commercial mowers. Available through the Tweel dealer network, the black hub version of the Michelin X Tweel Turf is a single unit, replacing the current tire/wheel/valve assembly. It performs like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk and costly downtime associated with flat tires and unseated beads.
Featured on the 2018 John Deere QuikTrak stand-on commercial lawn mowers, the new 18-inch Michelin X Tweel Turf will be available on this new equipment. The QuikTrak is John Deere’s top-rated stand-on machine for commercial mowers and landscapers. The four-bolt pattern yellow hub is also available on the 24-inch Michelin X Tweel Turf, designed exclusively for the John Deere ZTrak 900 Series mowers with 54-, 60- and 72-inch deck sizes.
In an exciting collaboration with Sunbelt Outdoor Products, the distributor will become a partner with Michelin to sell Michelin X Tweel Turf mower and golf cart products. With seven distribution centers across the United States, Sunbelt Outdoor Products is a wholesale lawn and garden parts distributor, dedicated to servicing outdoor power equipment resellers.
Retail customers will now be able to purchase Michelin X Tweel Turf products through Ag-Pro Companies. Ag-Pro is one of the largest John Deere dealers in the United States. Headquartered in Boston, Ga., near Thomasville, Ag-Pro operates a total of 50 locations across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Texas — offering sales, parts and service — with 960 employees.