Smiths of Bury Choose XDN2 Grip Tyres
Lancashire-based haulier, Smiths of Bury, has taken delivery of two new DAF XF 105 4x2s which have been specified with Michelin’s XDN2 Grip tyres as original equipment. These tyres selling point is that Michelin claims they retain their grip even when two-thirds worn, the XDN2 Grip tyres are being fitted to all new vehicles joining the fleet following an extensive in-house trial which saw a set of XDN2 Grip tyres fitted as replacements on the drive axle of one of the company’s 460 hp Volvo FH12 4×2.
“The driver of the Volvo regularly visits a customer’s premises, which are spread across three levels, with a sharp turn to negotiate at the bottom of a steep incline,” says Tim Laycock, a director of Smiths of Bury. “He was reporting traction difficulties when making the turn, and so we were keen to trial the Michelin XDN2 Grip tyres to see whether they would improve things.
“The difference was instantly recognisable, with the truck maintaining traction throughout the manoeuvre, and in all manner of weather conditions. As an added benefit we are on course to clock-up approximately 470,000 km before the tyres need to be regrooved, which represents an increase in tyre life of approximately 45 per cent over the tyres we have fitted previously,” he adds.
The XDN2 Grip tyres incorporate Michelin’s new Durable Technologies, which use a self-regenerating tread pattern which opens up new patented raindrop sipes when the tyre is two-thirds worn, ensuring the tyres offer similar grip levels to that of a new tyre.
“Since the new vehicles entered operation with the XDN2 Grip tyres, the drivers have reported they are no longer struggling for traction. The tyres give them a lot more confidence behind the wheel and help to maximise vehicle safety,” adds Mr Laycock.
Smiths of Bury purchases its tyres through ATS Euromaster, which is part of the Michelin Group, and fits predominantly Michelin tyres across its fleet.