Bridgestone intros Vortech rubber tracks

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Bridgestone Vortech rubber tracks The Bridgestone Vortech tracks use a unique H-shaped tread pattern for added traction Bridgestone Vortech rubber tracks

Tyre giant Bridgestone has unveiled its new Vortech line of rubber tracks for compact track loaders, showing them off for the first time at the recent CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 event.

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Bridgestone says the Vortech line was developed with a strong focus on addressing the most pressing needs facing operators, in this case improved driver efficiency and workability.

The 450mm-wide Vortech tracks use a unique H-shaped tread pattern which expands the edge portion of the tracks, grips the ground and provides high levels of traction.

The internal structure of the tracks has been optimised, lowering the bend resistance that occurs when rubber tracks bend around the wheels that their internal sides come in contact with during rotation.

This allows the compact track loader to move with more fluidity, Bridgestone says, and improves driver efficiency by 26 percent.

While Bridgestone is most famous for its racing tyres for cars and bikes, the company has been manufacturing rubber tracks since the 1960s and is now one of the world’s largest suppliers of tracks to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Bridgestone and its subsidiaries develop and make their own raw materials used in manufacturing such as natural rubber, synthetic rubber, carbon, and steel cord. Bridgestone says it’s this control over the fundamental components of the rubber tracks that gives them their high quality.


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