The Mean Machine
To dish out some of the most punishing tests at the Firestone Tire Test Center, we needed some special equipment. Enter The Mean Machine, our one -of-a-kind 30-ton monster that's capable of exerting over 34,000 pounds of pull. The Mean Machine mimics the resistance of the largest and heaviest agricultural equipment. It's loaded with a full battery of diagnositics equipment that enables Firestone to measure traction, drawbar pull, wheel slip, bar tear, and overall tire strength.