Power CL tyres outlive rivals twice over, reports Michelin
Michelin has shared news of customer praise for its Power CL tyres. It says Market Harborough-based plant hire company Harborough Hire Centre (HHC) held a comparative test between the Power CL and a rival ‘major’ brand, fitting the two manufacturers’ tyres to selected machines within its fleet of 42 JCB and Manitou telescopic handlers, and 47 Thwaites and Terex dumpers.
Despite a lower purchase price, the competitor’s tyres are said to have lasted less than half as long as the Michelin products, giving them an overall higher total cost of ownership compared to the more expensive Power CL. As a direct result, HHC is actively specifying the Power CL as standard across its fleet in a deal being serviced by the Market Harborough branch of ATS Euromaster. Michelin says HHC also found the Power CL offered superior damage and puncture resistance compared with the rival fitments, which required frequent repair.
HHC manager Teresa Marshall says: “We were having instances of customers employing local tyre agents to carry out ‘string’ repairs, without demounting and inspecting the casing. These types of repairs are usually a temporary solution, however machines were being returned on tyres laced together with string, which was pushing up our replacement tyre costs.
“With the Michelin Power CL tyres there are fewer punctures, meaning less repairs and reduced downtime for customers. Plus, of course, the tyres are lasting longer.”
The Power CL is specially designed for telescopic handlers, backhoe loaders and mini loaders, and Michelin says the tyre offers improved resistance to impacts, punctures, and damage, such as chunking. Its ability to reduce machine downtime is also reported to be a significant selling point, particularly for professional fleet operators keen to reduce operating costs.