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hi I’m Mike ever heard the saying don’t
reinvent the wheel well it turns out that might have been the worst advice
ever given as today we do just that and look at the future of the tire and
reinvent how we roll on our wyoming life this is our Wyoming life my family and I
came to the ranch few years ago to help my father-in-law and his failing health
since he passed away we’ve been running it learning as we go and sharing with
you as we explore the ranch life and escape the ordinary the world is fast
paced things are constantly changing we really have no control over analyze
technology moves around us and sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed that is one
of the things that draws people to the ranch life it seems easygoing
things never change and some things don’t each and every year we deal with
the same large milestones calving branding paying market harvests and
eventually the selling of calves and winter feeding for the herd those are
the things that I hope never change on the ranch there are benchmarks and each
season we finish gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride in your work
but just like any other business there are many support structures that
make sure that those milestones are able to be completed we don’t have a staff
here on the ranch so those departments are paid up by Aaron and myself we’re
our own Secretary’s assistants and payroll departments HR consists of me
complaining to a cow who really doesn’t care much of any way and the R&D
department on the ranch is only what we can invent and produce on our own and in
our own shop while technology on the ranch may seem at a standstill it’s the
little things that have changed how we do our job
in the 1940s ranches saw their first non horse-drawn implements as tractors move
in to take their place in fact by the 70s horses were no longer used on the
ranch at all when Gilbert discovered three and four wheelers and although it
was the end of an era a romantic notion on the ranch it enabled us to work more
efficiently faster and with less downtime especially when you’re running
the place on your own now it’s been a while since we’ve seen a big innovation
like that one on the ranch something that’s changed how we do things and made
things easier and saved us money in the long run
one of the biggest expenses on the ranch is travel since we replace the horses
with tractors and other motorized vehicles that expense can literally be
traced to where the rubber meets the road on the ranch between all of our
tractors Baylor’s ATVs trucks and trailers and anything else with a wheel
we have over 80 tires that need constant upkeep tire pressures wear and tear and
sometimes even just rot from the lack of use can cause a serious hiccup in our
operation so it makes sense that over the past year I’ve gotten to our friends
at Michelin a tire manufacturer whose us offices are based in Greenville South
Carolina if you looked at our budget on the ranch tires and their maintenance is
a huge part of it we’re constantly repairing and replacing tires over the
life of the Gator for example we’ve went through five set of tires and that’s
just for a little bit over 14,000 miles but now changes are coming to the tire
industry and how farms and ranches can deal with tires their upkeep and their
replacement for the past 20 years Michelin has been working to innovate
not only how many things can be done here on the ranch but how the entire
world looks at tires this right here is at wheel tire now it’s unlike any tire
ever I’ve ever seen recently I got a chance to visit the Taweel factory in
Greenville and see exactly how these tires are built what the heck what the heck is what the
heck is this oh there we go okay this is a this is a nondisclosure agreement and
yeah I signed it before I went in the factory so I can’t actually show you how
they’re made but luckily we have a set of tools right here in the shop and in
all reality you don’t have to know how a tire is put together you just have to
know it’s gonna work I’ve been out doing chores this morning in the Bobcat
cleaning barns we’re moving a retaining wall and working at cleaning up the dump
all of these work sites are dangerous in the barns you can easily get stuck while
landscaping you can run over a piece of concrete breaking down the side walls of
your tires and the dump well it’s a minefield of nails and sharp materials
all waiting for soft rubber of a tire to puncture and ruin your day the Bobcat
wall a very useful tool on the ranch is the most prone to tire problems because
of the work it does downtime is inevitable and downtime costs money a
single Bobcat tire can cost up to $300 and when you build a tire budget that
can cover almost a hundred tires on the ranch we begin looking at cost per hour
on some tires our calculations I ran to figure that for every 1,000 hours we’re
gonna have to replace the tires on the skid steer we budget about two thousand
dollars for that or two dollars per tire our cost that’s pretty high but we want
to make sure we have ourselves covered but what if there were a way to cut that
$2 per hour cost in half or maybe even a third
that’s where the Tweel’s come into play and michelin has been letting us try
these Tweel SSL’s on our bobcat man I wish it was that easy
Tweedles way around 250 pounds of piece and while the old Bob count tires are
air filled and easy to move around these things are a bit more labor-intensive
but wheels also stand about an inch higher than my stock tires that
shouldn’t cause too much of an issue but we’ll see all the tires on we can get a look at
how these Tweel’s work the tires are attached to the machine
with an inner hub that hub is attached to the actual treads with a number of
ribs but folks these spokes are what support the weight of the machine but
not in the way you may think they do or at least at least I didn’t think for me
it’s almost upside down the machine actually hangs from the spokes you can
see that on these spokes the spokes on the bottom of the tire they’re bending
they’re giving way to the weight of the Machine and tappable the spokes on the
top of the tire they’re stretched tight with an incredible amount of tension on
them that in turn gives you a bit of suspension unless of course you’re
working in the frigid cold right now with the temperature below freezing
these tyres have no give as the ride is almost excruciating over frozen cow pies
but if you take it slow it gets better then I can tell you when I come back I
will be avoiding this field of landmines back at the cow barn we can compare
those air filled tires that we ran earlier to the Newt wheels air filled
tires do allow a little bit more traction in this situation the ground is
frozen and very slippery inside the barn where it’s thawed were not able to get
the same push into the barn with wheels this is probably also due to the weather
and the freezing temperatures the rubber on the Tweel’s is extremely hard which
means it’s gonna last but it’s also not as pliable in this weather leading to
some slipping outside the barn I can’t really see or feel much difference
between the Tweel’s and the air-filled tires each hold their own just fine
although Tweel’s seem to have a bit more traction here and they are controlling
any sign slip better than the pneumatic tires keeping me on the side of the hill
a little bit better our other chores are repeated also as we
take more out of the retaining wall around the farmhouse which will feather
out and actually replace with more slope law in this spring the blocks popped
free with the same amount of effort as before but again the tires do seem to
give less not squashing down from the weight of the work and while driving
over obstacles the twills still are not flexing that much in the cold even after
driving for about an hour there are certain advantages to the Tweel’s which
are obvious and maybe the most obvious that might be seen at the dump where we
continue to move material around to pile up and be removed the dump on most
ranches is an area where few love to work with machinery because the danger
of losing tires but now with the Tweel’s we can concentrate on cleaning this area
up once and for all and for that I’m extremely happy all in all I’m pretty impressed with the
Taweel tires and not only because they’re available for skid steers but
also they can be fitted to a number of zero turn mowers side-by-sides and even
ATVs tires like these may just be the future of tires and someday you might
even see them rolling down the highway the price tag is what’s going to limit
you seeing them everywhere at least for a little while as they’re pretty
expensive to manufacture I said that I couldn’t tell you anything about what I
saw in the factory but I’ll tell you this as long as you don’t tell too many
people right now it takes days to make one of these tires and they can cost you
anywhere from three to four times the price of a traditional tire of course
they last a lot longer and if you’re in a situation like we are with a skid
steer where we’re going to be going through tires rate of up to four a year
it might be worthwhile to take a look and see how Tweel’s can eventually save
you money in the long run I am looking extremely looking forward to continuing
to test these tires on our skin steer the weather’s gonna warm up and I’m sure
just like the airfield tears these will perform differently and that is really
something to look forward to I of course want to thank Michelin for allowing us
to test these tires they aren’t paying us anything to do so in fact I’m really
impressed that they told me too that they expect me to be honest and unbiased
so that’s what they’re gonna get good or bad the tires they do turn heads I saw
that people going down the highway they look cool and so far they’re getting the
job done our goal this year it sounds bad but it’s to break them so subscribe
and help me as we explore the ranch life and really escape the ordinary have a
great week and thanks for joining me in our wyoming
life

100 thoughts on “Tweels – Michelin, The Ranch & The Future of Tires!

  1. Hi Mike…you were up near my neck of the woods….Greenville is probably 2hours from Columbia where live. Greenville is such a beautiful town,too. Those are some nice tires….got that skid steer tricked out! Love your channel….God bless!

  2. My take is! Most seats are worn out at 200 hrs, seats take a huge beating. A upgrade seat should be considered as replacement on a more timely manner, specially with these new tires.

  3. Hay Mike Brad from TN . Not made a comment on your video in a long time. But not stop watching you. Love urs post and keep up the hard work.

  4. I think Iโ€™ll keep my old school tires, the teeth from rattling out of my skull and prevent degenerative disc disease.. Pretty cool they let you demo their tweels tho. Thanks for sharing.

  5. U need a set of tracks for ur skid steer bc u found out those new tires stink in the cold and u don't want to run them through mud or snow bc they get plugged up with stuff and in my opinion only place they good for is working in junk yard bc when it's cold u found out ride isn't very good and that's why I went to skid steer with tracks and took them off my other pieces of equipment and sent them back to where I got them from bc I don't need that extra head ache dealing with those tires but best of luck on using them on ur place

  6. I would hope with over 100,000 subs you can find some companies to start sponsoring you with tires, machinery, etc!!! You deserve it

  7. So do you have a estimation on shelf life with them? We are getting a small/ranch in South west Wy and this is very interesting..

  8. Hi again MIKE
    Yay the tweels finally got there! So interesting comparing them but I must say you had a pretty rough ride in that pasture!! It will be interesting when the weather warms up to see if you can tell any big changes.
    Expensive I bet but any new things always are. The price will come down in time…
    Great vid Mike. Thx for sharing as always
    and soon there will be new calves as the stars of the show!

  9. It'll be interesting to see how they hold up over the time you have them and how they react to the temperature changes. Part of me can't help but wonder if you're going to have the opposite problem come summertime. Time will tell I suppose. Thanks for the video Mike.

  10. Seen them before but really didn't have a clue to the engineering behind them. Good review, look forward to your future posts.

  11. Mike how is it you have a tweel on your bobcat and Deere tells me that I can't get them on my 997 Deere zero turn with a diesel.

  12. Mike we foam fill our tires and no the myth that they are had to get off is a myth. We have taken them off loaders that work in the landfill. Cut the bead real quick peal off put on new tire and have foam filled. It's what landfills do to there loader tires works awesome. Just a thought

  13. I really enjoy your videos , they are very informative . I someday want to make it out to Wyoming , I love wildlife and cattle ranches.

  14. A skid steer with a track does the same thing except gives you good traction and a comfortable ride not to mention no flats. .
    I am glad michelin hooked you guys up but as a tire manufacturer clearly the engineering department hadn't read thier history to why all manufacturers went away from spokes and solid core tires.
    Ride and handling were 2 big reasons.
    Pneumatic tires are the answer for almost every tire problem,when speed is involved and in construction equipment tracks seem to do the trick.

  15. One of the things I respect most about your product videos is your unvarnished evaluations. The good and the bad. This product looks like it could be a winner once they can ramp up production and the benefit of volume helps to get the cost in line. Thanks.

  16. Glad you like the new tires. I'm from SC.
    God bless you and your family
    Safe travelsโ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŒน

  17. Those look really interesting I haven't seen any tweels in the UK before but it would be interesting to see what they are like.

  18. I'm curious what the tread of the tires is made of. A thicker rubber that's more maliable might be a good tweak. Would probably cost even more to produce though. They almost sound like hard plastic the way you described them. Reminds me of a kids power wheels car driving on a gravel driveway.

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  20. The way you talk makes your videos interesting, it shows that you have a passion for the everyday life of a Rancher and Farmer. Keep up the good work.

  21. At the moment I have puncture proof tires on my wheelchair, have some of the same issues, that made me try them, if traditional tire punctures means there are places I can't get due to limited ability to walk. In addition to the tires also have plastic spokes on these wheels.

    So problems include, harder ride, less grip, especially in colder weather, slide from the wheels when you want to stop, so very much like you have found, though stopping quickly on a skid steer not usually a problem, as with the tweels these are heavier than wheels made like bicycle wheels, with pneumatic tire and wire spokes.

    In my case the main problem though is the solid wheels mean the engine has to work harder, to get the same thing done, also in my case I'm the engine so it tires you out (pun intended). There are some amazing developments though, including folding wheels, in wheel suspension, in wheel motors to help out. BUt again as with your problem, the thing is money, it costs to try them.

  22. Mike when you pulled the nail out with no flat . That did it for me. I'm hoping they make them for lawn mower's. I'd almost swear if there's nail in my yard I'll find it with a tire. Miichelin Please Tractor lawn mower tweel's.

  23. I've had worse advice:
    "Try the yellow snow, it's delicious"
    I get my small plant tires foam filled, but would consider these if the price was right.

  24. I change tires for a living i have seen them take a beating i have seen a few of the tweels get destroyed but it was on a construction site

  25. Thank you for ranching and the farm store. Wish we lived closer, I would work for you for free, I miss farming. Most people have no concept where food comes from. Just purchase your meat and produce from the grocery store, it didn't hurt animals. We have a large organic urban garden, grow tunnels, and orchard offering free produce with many comments being "No thank you, I will go to the store and buy fresh." Interestingly we have a major problem with theft and vandalism.
    It will be interesting how the Tweels perform for you on the ranch. Wishing you a day of sunshine, easy calving, and no breakdowns. Marc and Paulette, Michigan

  26. Great review, I'm sure we will get updates as you continue to use them. You give a honest view of how your life goes on the ranch.

  27. I heard there is such a demand in the landscaping business that the only way you can get them is to order them on a new zero-turn tractor

  28. Mike, After watching when you took the tour and now that you are actually testing some is awesome. To your comment on the ply-ability during the cold would be awesome feedback to the R&D team for them to work on. Keep up the great work hear on the channel.

  29. Hey Mike if it's such a rough ride, couldn't the skidloader companys design a air ride seat or solid rubber trax. You should get a set and try out on the gator while your at it. I use to spend my days in the life of a skidloader 8 10 hrs daily except Sunday maybe occasionally depending upon the weather. We always had a spare tire and rim and used that fix a flat for emergency.

  30. Use a two foot 6×6 post and place it underneath at the back axle. Then tilt the bucket down. This will raise rear wheel(s) off the ground.

  31. I just use my old Oliver Cletrac for jobs like that.
    ……
    No flat tires to worry about and traction is never a concern under any conditions.

  32. Tweels 3 to 4 times the cost of normal skid steer tires. which means four tires would would cost about the same as two rubber track for a track loader

  33. 80 tires would be nice!!!
    I just did a quick count in my head, might have missed a few.
    281 tires in use here..
    Maybe they'll give me a set or two to try out,??? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
    If they want to, need a set for a 1845B Case and a set for a 236B Cat๐Ÿ˜

  34. 4-5K most ranches won't spend that on tweels…..fyi i have a set on my RANCH PICKUP! been on since 2019
    fyi track bobcat is better!

  35. Are they making them for John Deere Gators? A friend of mine has had an awful time with her gator tires going flat, constantly.

  36. Do they make them with more of an AG tread? Traction would be better with a more aggressive tread. Mucking out a barn with a pretty smooth surface, no wonder they spin.

  37. I wonder how these would do in the field if you use the skid steer for hay loading? As for me I am not getting anyone to send me any so I am sticking with the regular tires.

  38. I feel that if every livestock producer was as specific and professional and itemized as y'all with their budget, we would have a LOT fewer producers going out of business! Y'all have it down to a science.

  39. See if you can get a set of Michelin Bibsteel radial skid steer tires to try. They ride much better than regular tires and last much longer too.

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  41. I wonder what the spoke memory will be for heavy equipment that sits for a time. Would be interesting to see this in a F800 application but are they street legal yet? Awesome vid OWL

  42. I have tweels on m Zturn mower. I have no complaints the hold hills like no other. As far as the ride quality I would say their pretty close to the regular air tire.

  43. Tweels have been available for years, and their technology is old enough to walk. Unfortunately itโ€™s cost and performance have not aged well or improved much.

  44. Really enjoy your posts. It's about as close to farming as I get nowadays. We'll stop in for some good Wyoming beef and pork This coming summer. BTW I really like those tires.
    Ron in Minnesota

  45. How did you and Michelin connect with each other? Doubtful you just bumped into the local repre at the coffee shop. I hope these work out for the range.

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  48. Awesome. Liked the way you ended it with "really escape the ordinary". I would be curious to see how long the tred lasts actually. Just because of how thin they are, once your out of tred your buying more. Hummm

  49. Why not add 1 inch or an inch and a half of softer rubber on top of a hard rubber tread that will give you more grip more flex and when it wears through to the harder tread well youโ€™re back to the heart of tread which will last and unlimited amount of time not riding on asphalt it should last forever?

  50. If I recall correctly, I think Tweels on a John Deere Zero Turn mower is a $900 upgrade option. It is probably worth it for a professional landscaper.

  51. Here is a video on putting a recap on a skid steer Tweel. Don't try this at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYmtiOUEg3g
    "Retreading the Tweel Airless Skid Steer Tire and Wheel"

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