Accuride offers new sizes for Gunite lightweight drums

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Accuride announced two new sizes of its Gunite Optimum Lightweight Drums (GOLD) that the company says will support the revised stopping distance regulations for standard three-axle tractors that go into effect Aug. 1, 2011.

“Adding the new GOLD drums for the larger high-performance drum brake systems that will be coming out in August 2011 can save fleets an additional 76 pounds over full-cast drums, offsetting weight penalties of the larger front and rear brakes,” says Tony Pape, Accuride’s vice president of marketing.

GOLD brake drums are designed to be an optimum balance between durability and thermal capability, providing the performance of Gunite’s standard full-cast drums yet saving as much as 170 pounds versus standard full-cast drums on a typical tractor-trailer combination.