Goodyear introduces airless tyre technology for mowers
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company has released an airless, turf tyre. The tyre is available as an upgrade option on Bad Boy Mowers’ Outlaw XP, a zero-turn radius model, with expected availability in early 2018. The technology is part of the company’s strategy to develop maintenance-free technologies for passenger and commercial vehicles, particularly in fleet applications.
“The commercial release of this turf tyre is an important step in our efforts to develop airless tyre technology for a range of applications. As we look to a future where ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles become mainstream, the demand for lower maintenance, longer lasting tyres will continue to increase,” said Christopher Helsel, Goodyear’s chief technology officer.
Goodyear has been developing non-pneumatic technologies since the 1970s when it participated in the design of tyres for NASA’s Apollo lunar roving vehicle and in recent years in the development of a tyre for future missions to Mars.
The Goodyear TurfCommand with DuraWebTM Technology is an optional fitment for the premium Bad Boy Mowers model. Goodyear’s exclusive DuraWebTM Technology has been in development for the past few years at the company’s Innovation Center in Akron, and is being manufactured in the U.S., exclusively for Bad Boy Mowers.
“The tyre features a thermoplastic connecting structure that provides a unique combination of stiffness and flexibility to carry heavy loads while maintaining a smooth ride and minimising turf tear. It was designed to deform, absorb impact, and create a smooth ride every time,” the company said.