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GKN Wheels Armstrong has developed a new wheel designed to provide enhanced telehandler stability for access equipment specialist JLG Industries.

Rather than considering a wheel and tyre design in isolation, JLG decided that the products should be co-developed to maximise overall performance.

GKN worked with engineers at Bridgestone Americas’ Off Road Division to develop the wheel in parallel with the Firestone Duraforce MH tyre.

The new wheel measures 28in (71cm) in diameter and has a specific shape that enables it to support the loading and durability requirements of the telehandler machine.

Key benefits of product application

  • The 28in rim shape is designed to offer improved tyre serviceability relative to conventional wheels, despite the stiffer tyre sidewall, resulting in reduced servicing costs
  • Wheel and tyre combination provides enhanced tread-wear characteristics that result in a projected tyre life that is up to three times more than the Firestone SGG
  • New designs have enabled JLG to cut down from four tyre options to two

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