Nokian Tyres introduces new Armor Gard 2 Mine tyre size for underground drills

Efficient tyres make underground mining safe and smooth - and Nokian Tyres’ Armor Gard 2 Mine it says is now available in smaller size of 9.00-20, specifically aimed at drill rigs working in harsh mining conditions.

Nokian Tyres Armor Gard 2 Mine it says offers excellent cut resistance, great handling and a long service-life. The tyre has up to now only been available in size 10.00-20. Now the new size, 9.00-20, makes its qualities available for even more vehicles.

Kimmo Kekki, a Global Product Manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres: ”Nokian Tyres Armor Gard 2 Minehas already proven its value among its customers. And we are excited to introduce this new size, as now more and more mining workers get to feel safe while working efficiently. It’s just an overall smoother experience with these tires on your vehicle.”

Underground mining and underground drilling in particular set special demands on the tyres. Sharp rocks increase the risk of tyre damage. Slippery stones call for a great wet grip. The tight spaces make the environment hard to navigate, allowing only compact machines to move freely. And yet, even with extra high safety demands, Nokian Tyres says its Armor Gard 2 Mine ticks all the boxes. “These are the tyres one can rely on even in the most challenging underground conditions,” says Kekki.

Compared to the previous generation of Armor Gard tires, Nokian Tyres Armor Gard 2 Mine is vertically 25% stiffer. It also has 12% more tread rubber. The tread is wider than before, which lowers the contact pressure and makes the tyre more hard-wearing.

The insert windows maximise tyre cooling and the durability of the carcass. And what is more, the New Nokian Tyres Armor Gard 2 Mine version has improvements to the tyre inner liner to maximise tube durability and improve the quality of the tyres. Lastly, the tyre itself is reshaped to be more rectangular than before, which increases its stability by up to 25% compared to the previous model. “Throw in the precise handling”, Kekki says, “and you can say these tires are well equipped to tackle any threat underground mine sites hold.”

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