When making a selection of which tires to match to your equipment it can be a decision that can make your operation profitable or then you will loose money due to some mistakes in the decision process. The decision has to be based on numerous factors and selecting an inferior tire or a tire that is not designed to handle the conditions, will have negative consequences.
The selection of the equipment is often far easier and when you have made the decision then all you can change and play around with are the tire options. I always recommend people to start checking the technical tire manual to check the options as a first step. Then map out what you expect from your tires, what conditions you want the tires to perform in, what the maximum load will be and then try to create a match of what you want and what is available.
It is always cheaper to select a high quality tire that will give you more output and less downtime. Problems are always costly when it comes to heavy equipment. Then it is good to remember that problems never come alone and they affect other things. If one machine breaks down, you will often have several other equipment waiting for that machines’ output. There will also be a lot of people will be involved in the repairs.
If you for example have an excavator where the excavator tires ruptures, you will probably have both the loader and the dump truck just waiting around for the tire of the excavator to be repaired. So you not only have bad utilization of all equipment, you also have 3 people that can’t work until the problem is fixed. This is why making sure that you have good excavator, dump truck and wheel loader tires, to minimize the risk that you will have tire failure.
The productivity is also improved if you have good tires that have good stability and grip. It is important to also realize that the properties are very different on and off-road and that if you need to be able to drive your machines between job sites on the road, then you need tires that are designed for this purpose and have low heat build up when driving higher speeds on tarmac, as the wear can be very high otherwise.