Trying to drive with truck tires that are not approved for winter conditions is associated with great danger. A winter approved tire should have the 3-peak mountain snowflake symbol, often just referred to as the 3PMSF symbol on the sidewall of the tire.
Get truck tires that can handle both hot and cold weather and are winter approved, so that you can travel through areas that have both types of weather conditions. Then you will remain safe regardless of the conditions.
All tires not only the commercial winter tires need to
have the correct tire pressure, to make sure that they take the same pressure
and rotate with the same speed. Mismatch
in tire pressure when you have dual tires is a fast way to wear out tires.
If you think of the distances that a truck drives to deliver products all over the globe using the extensive road networks, it is quite amazing. Ships do long shipping distances between continents. They deliver containers, which can then be put on trucks for further deliveries. Once picket up at a shipping container terminal and placed on the semi-truck trailer, for land-based deliveries. They often still need to cover vast distances to deliver the full containers to a distribution center, where the deliveries can be done with smaller transportations unless there are full container deliveries.
The tires that are needed for these trucks tend to be long haul tires that are designed for
constant driving with good wear resistance and low heat build-up. You will want
tires that have low rolling resistance, so that your fuel consumption
will be low. Other good ways to save costs is to retread the tires. Retreading
can be done on a high quality carcass that is in good condition. If you don’t
have a high quality tire to start with then you can retread them. You can save
a lot of money by paying to have them retreaded, which can be done 1 to 2
times, if the carcass is in good condition before retreading. Retreaded
tires have excellent properties if the new tread is of high quality.
This is an environmental and cost efficient way to save money.
Since deliveries are a combination of time and money, you
want to make sure that your deliveries are not delayed. If your deliveries are
delayed due to tire problems, you will lose money in both ends. Both in terms
of penalties of delayed deliveries as well as extra repair costs due to
unscheduled downtime. Proper tire maintenance is always of utter importance to
make sure that you don’t waste money on taking care of problems that might have
been able to prevent. Tire failures are often due to low tire pressure, which
damages the tires. Since you have so many tires on a truck, the drivers often
don’t notice the problems, which is why you often can find debris from broken
truck tires on main highways. Checking tire pressure on all 18 or more wheels
can be time consuming, but can save you money in the long run.
When dealing with material handling and containers at harbors and container terminals, you will need different wheeled equipment to handle the containers in intermodal freight transport. Here the containers will arrive or depart by container ships and the containers will be unloaded or loaded at the terminals. From the ships the containers can be loaded onto train carts or then to truck trailers.
You will have RTG cranes that can handle the containers and also lift the containers into the trailers. You will need high load bearing and precise handling of RTG tires, so that you can handle the weight of the containers and also be able to easily ground and stack containers. The RTG cranes are huge, so you can imagine that changing tires is a task that one doesn’t want to undertake too often. This put a lot of pressure on selecting a tire that has very low tire wear. These wheels also turn very easily reducing wear while the wheels are turned at no or low speed. High quality RTG tires will be needed to ensure high operating hours and low wear.
You will also have a straddle carrier where you might want
to use slick tires to ensure the machines and the containers from swinging. You
will need very sturdy tires that can manage the high loads bearing capacity.
You will need top class wear resistance and great grip even in damp or winter
conditions. Driving properties are also
key when you drive around the container terminal stacking containers.
You then also have a terminal tractor that can move around
the semi-trailers around the yard while waiting for the trucks to pick up the
containers. These terminal tractor tires will need to
be able to move around heavy weigh containers and will need to have exceptional
load bearing capacity. Maneuverability and precise driving response even in
small and narrow spaces are key features that these tires need to have.
When dealing with containers, some of them are on a tight
delivery schedule, so that you will need to make sure that your tire selection
doesn’t slow down your operations due to tire failures or unscheduled downtime.
Once the containers are placed on the semi-trailer trucks, they still have a
long way to go before they reach their final destination; so don’t delay them
at the terminal.
Tractors can be used for multiple applications. In agricultural applications tractor is the main piece of equipment with different trailers and other towed equipment. The main agricultural tires used here are flotation tires, as you want to ensure that the compaction of the soil is minimal, so that yield will remain high.
You also have forest tractors that are used in the forest
industry, where the forest tires will need to ensure that you have some heavy
sturdy tires for demanding tractor use. These tend to be steel belt reinforced
for improved puncture resistance. Grip,
durability and ability to handle the most challenging forest terrain. This is
quite different than the properties needed for the agricultural tires.
Then you have the terminal tractors used for material
handling at container terminals. Terminal tractor tires need to
provide excellent steering response and ability to carry very heavy loads. The
terminal tractors need to be able to maneuver in narrow spaces, so predictable
handling is important for terminal tractor tires.
Within earthmoving and road maintenance you also have
tractors, you will have tractors, which road maintenance and earthmoving tires need to be
extremely puncture resistance through a steel fortified structure. You will
also need to rely on superior grip.
So the use defines the tires in a higher degree than the
equipment on which the tire is used. Tractors can be used in various different
applications and based on what conditions and what tasks are at hand will
determine what properties that you will need from your tires. It is thus
advisable that you check the technical tire manual to properly select the
adequate tires for the correct application where you intend to use your
equipment. Sometime you might need a more versatile tire, but you still need to
ensure that it can handle the loads that you will need to lift or transport.
The tires also need to be durable so that they don’t cur or crack under the
pressure or that the puncture due to sharp objects that are part of the working
Durability is of utter importance to ensure that you can
avoid any unscheduled downtime due to tire related problems that can add a lot
of cost and inefficiencies to your operations. Make sure to invest in tires
that can get the job done without problems.
To increase the profitability in today’s agricultural industry, more and more farmers are adding contracting work to improve the efficiency and the best utilization of its equipment. The equipment is getting bigger, heavier and more expensive, to dilute the investment costs more and more farmers are trying to spread the costs over multiple operations. This is where the contracting comes into play. Contracting is very good for part of the year when there is less farming work to be done, so that the equipment can be used for alternative jobs. There is also contracting work done on other farms, which don’t always have the resources to invest in the new modern equipment.
The transporting between the sites often require more on
road driving, so you will need agricultural tires that have good
road properties when driving on roads and not just on the fields. You will want
good driving comfort, low tire wear and low rolling resistance so that your
fuel consumption will be at a low level. When you drive on the fields you will
want to have good quality flotation tires that will have a low soil compaction
impact on your fields. When the compaction is low, your yield will not be
negatively impacted so that you will have a higher yield versus doing the same
fieldwork without flotation tires. This does though
require that all the tractors and trailers will have flotation tires. The
surface area of flotation tires is much higher and the air pressure can be
lower. The lower surface pressure is what saves the soil from compacting.
Some of the best agricultural tires at the moment include
the new Nokian Country King, which is a sturdy and versatile flotation tire. You
also have the Nokian ELS Radial tire that good grip and mobility on soft
surfaces. This is a perfect tractor or trailer tire even on soft surfaces. The flotation tires, as the
name indicates, almost float on the surface due to the low surface pressure.
You need tires that have a problem free service life, that
are extremely durable and have the low rolling resistance. The Nokian ELS
Radial tires even allow for fast driving on roads so that you quickly can get
to any contracting sites. These tires are also self-cleaning, so that even
driving through muddy conditions doesn’t clog up your tires and reduce your
Within forestry regardless of which method you use in felling the trees, you will need to carry the logs to a paper or pulp mill and that is done by a logger truck. Ones the trees are at the landing, a truck will carry the logs to its final destination. Since the roads are not always proper roads down to the landing, these truck tires need to be able to handle both on and off road conditions, so you will need an off and on road tire.
The truck tires will also sometimes need to cover winter
conditions, as you might still have snow covered roads during the early spring.
This is why these tires have to have capacity to work both on and off the road
and in winter conditions if needed. You will not find much better tires for
your trucks than the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Truck E tires. They are approved for
winter conditions so that you can get to your destination safely.
It is not only the logging truck that will face challenges. The
logger tires such as the Nokian
Logger King LS-2, which is a skidder tire for extreme conditions that is built
to carry the heavy loads, while providing long trouble free service life. In the forest you will face more challenges
than just some muddy or snowy roads, you will find a lot of obstacles that will
make it challenging to get back and forth to the landing with the logs that
needs to be dragged through the forest. You will need to have excellent grip
regardless of slippery stones and moss covered steep hills. You might need to
put chains or tracks on the tires to make sure that you get the best possible
grip through these conditions, but the Nokian Logger King LS-2 is ready for
that. This even comes in an extreme version for the biggest and heaviest
machinery used in the hardest conditions.
When you choose tires from the Nokian Tyre range of forest
tires, then you are selecting among the worlds best forest tires. Nokian Tyres
is the global market leader when it comes to tires for the forest industry both
for cut-to-length or full-tree harvesting. Make sure you check what tires are
offered in the technical tire manual.
Trying to find tires for your mining equipment will not be that easy and since the consequences of selecting the wrong tires can become an expensive ordeal. Mining tires need to operate in some of the toughest conditions available to tires. Mining tireswill be daily exposed to conditions that would break most tires. Sharp rocks, heavy loads and the constant bruising and cuts of the tires that is not allowed to affect the tires that need to be able to continue working with minimum downtime.
You also have a narrow space to operate, so the tires need
to give you predictable steering and maneuverability, so you can imagine the
scenario of having the narrow tunnels filled with equipment that are having
problems. This scenario of course needs to be avoided. Any problems with the
equipment or the tires will cause problems and delays, which is why this puts a
lot of pressure on selecting tires that are durable enough to manage in these
Setting up sufficient scheduled maintenance process that
will catch minor problems before they cause major problems. Daily inspections
at the end of the shifts tend to be better than before the shifts as you have
time to fix the problems if they are identified at the end of the shift
Depending on the use of the tire, it will in most cases require a different
tire. An excavator tire will have a different tread pattern than a mine wheelloader tire, so it is important to use the technical tire
manual to ensure that each of your equipment gets the tires that are optimized
for the intended use.
This is why it is important to use the technical tire manual
to ensure that you select the correct mining tires for each piece of equipment
so that your excavators, loaders, drill rigs and dump trucks gets the correct
tires for its intended use. You will need to make sure that the ones that require
grip will have that and for the tires that will need better load bearing
properties will have that. The manual will also guide you in what tire pressure
the tires should have and what is the maximum load, so that you can avoid
having problems from using them or selecting the tires wrongly. With the
correct selection you will have tires that will work effortless with minimum
There are a few places where you don’t want to get stuck; one of them is in the middle of the forest during forestry work. This is why you should make sure that you have the best equipment and the best forest tires on them. Good quality forest tires will make sure that you don’t get stuck as well as they make sure that the surroundings don’t cause problems when it comes to getting the work done. Your tires must be able to work regardless of weather and surface conditions.
You have to be able to combat conditions such as swamps,
slippery rocks and sharp stumps without slippage and tire damages. This
requires extremely durable tires, which can handle high loads and have superb
grip. These are the conditions under what Nokian Tyres are used to work within.
This is what has made Nokian Tyres the global market leader when it comes to
When you select a pair of tires from Nokian Tyres, you tend
to make a safe and wise choice as these tires can be used with or without
tracks. This makes the situation very
flexible and since the tracks can quite easily be added if you need even better
traction and grip in challenging conditions.
The costs of getting stuck in the woods with tire problems
can quickly be costly, but also causing delays. With cut to length harvesting,
you will also only have a harvester and a forwarder, so downtime impacts you
often even more and you have fewer people at close distance to help out. This
is why the equipment you select becomes even more important; to assure that you
can minimize problems and unscheduled downtime.
Use the Nokian Tyres technical tire manual to find the best tires for your machine. This manual contains their full rage of forest tires, with all the dimensions and tire pressures, so that you know what load and pressure the tires are designed for. This is so that you can make the best tire selection, regardless if you need Forwarder or harvester tires or if you need skidder tires for full length harvesting, Nokian Tyres has the full range of tires for performing the most challenging tasks in forestry, where you need to make sure to get the job done.
For most of the heavy equipment, the best tires come from Finland. That might seems a bit strange for some, but the challenging conditions in the Northern countries contribute to making sure that you have equipment that can manage in these conditions. From an industry point of view they have long traditions in farming, mining and forestry. They also have excellent infrastructure built with earthmoving and road maintenance equipment and its roads through the vast country are trafficked by trucks as well as covered by its excellent collective transportation with city and long distance buses.
Then you have its defense having to covered vast areas of
very harsh off-road terrain, where their all-terrain military vehicles tires
don’t have an easy task considering the landscape and its varying weather
ranging from sunny days to ice cold temperatures and snow filled conditions.
Considering all this it is not strange that Nokian Tyres have become one of the
worlds best tire manufacturer. They were also the company that produced the
first winter tire, that was put on trucks back in 1935, so that they could
drive safely even through the winter. Nowadays they make sure that millions of
trucks and buses can drive safely with its Nokian Hakkapeliitta tires.
They are also a very environmental company making sure that
all its tires are produced with purified oils and without any toxic chemicals.
Their tires have low rolling resistance so that the fuel consumption and the
CO2 emissions are kept at a low level. The long operating life and durable
tread and carcass structure also enables a high cost efficiency and less
downtime, making sure that you minimize any waste. They even have their own
line of retreading their truck and bus tires, so that you can minimize waste
further and reuse the carcass up to 2 times if you purchase good Nokian Tyres
from the start and the carcass is still in good condition after the tire wears
out. Retreaded tires can save you a lot of money from your tire
In the end of the day it is all about performance, you will
need to make sure that your tires don’t let you down regardless of what
conditions that you will face as you will need to get the job done. This is why
so many companies rely on Nokian Tyres as their premium tire supplier for their
Nokian Tyres is the global market leader within forestry tires and has long traditions of working both with its customers and the equipment manufacturers to develop tires that meets the customers needs for them to overcome their challenges.
A very comprehensive technical tire manual, where you can find all the tire models and the best tires for the different equipment. Here you can find which tire pressure you will need and what is the intended loads.
regardless if you are looking for skidder tires or harvester tires, Nokian Tyres
will have the best tires on the market to ensure that your forestry business
will be a profitable and efficient operation, with minimum downtime or other tire
related problems that can slow down your operations and add extra unnecessary
costs. Proper tire selection using the technical tire manual is very important