With heavy equipment and performing heavy-duty tasks, the equipment costs tends to be very high. Ones should thus strive to improve productivity and utilization of the equipment to gain higher profitability. Reduction of any downtime can be crucial for the profitability of a business or for projects. The correct tire choice can play a big difference in both the reliability and ability to perform tasks. A high quality tire, which is durable, and can has the right combination of properties that the tasks require can improve your efficiency and decrease any downtime.
If you look at e.g. earthmoving and road maintenance, a bad tire selection can cause delays and slow work speed due to bad grip and constant tire slippage. Then it can also cause breakdowns at while working on remote locations, causing problems to repair the tires or getting it replaced. It tends to also affect the other people working and their equipment also suffer with lower productivity and higher costs. Weather can heavily impact the selection and selecting a tire and not taking into account the possibility of winter weather will seriously affect the productivity or even the possibility to work on days when you have winter conditions.
There are excellent earthmoving and road maintenance tires that are able to handle any type of conditions including snow and ice; there are e.g. loader tires and excavator tires that can easily handle it. This means that they can work all around the year and also help in removing snow from the work areas. Earthmoving and road maintenance is heavy-duty work requiring durable tires that have great grip and can handle the harsh work conditions with heavy loads. The tires need to be both puncture and cut resistant to avoid downtime due to tire problems.
Tire selection for heavy equipment is not the easiest task as there are numerous tires suitable to for each machine. The tasks, the environment and the load will be key factors in the decision-making. Due to safety and expensive downtime, the actual tire cost will have less impact than which tire will be best equipped to deliver both durability, grip and performance with maximum working hours. Check the tires technical manual for more information and also regarding the dimensions and the tire pressure and loads for each tire.