It is first when you start thinking about it, that you realize how many big machines you see operating in your area. Most seen are of course trucks and buses that are everywhere, transporting goods or people. Most of us might not think of them as heavy equipment, but they fall into that as they carry heavy loads and have more stringent requirements than for normal vehicles. The heavy load can be seen on that they are using many tires; most buses will have between 6 and 8 wheels, while trucks will have 18-20 wheels.
After all these trucks and buses, the second family of heavy equipment you will see tends to be road maintenance equipment. You will have excavators and wheeled loader and in some cases you might see some backhoe loaders. The backhoe loader is basically a combination of an excavator and a loader, but they are more a compromise for doing smaller jobs. They are perfect in the sense that you can purchase one machine instead of two, but if the jobs are big, you will be able to dig deeper with a wheeled excavator and then you just use a loader to get rid of what has been dug up.
When you are dealing with wheeled equipment it is important that you select the proper tires, tires that can operate year around and are designed for the conditions that you aim to work within. Excavator tires and loader tires different, as you will need different properties even though you work in similar environment and conditions. Where as the backhoe loader being a compromise have specific designed backhoe loader tires, or then you select an excavator tires or a loader tire.
Having sufficient grip and stability is crucial for doing work with heavy loads. It is advisable to check the technical tire manual to check before you select tires, that the tires are the most appropriate for the work that you intend to perform. Diameters, load and tire pressure is also highlighted here, so that you can operate safely. Following the guidelines will help you to ensure high degree of operating hours and a low downtime due to tire failures. Proper cleaning and inspection after each shift should be done to check that there are no cuts or cracks on the tires.