The main objective of tire maintenance is to avoid letting small tire related problems to cause bigger problems, accidents, damages or injuries. When it comes to the tires for heavy equipment, the tires are very big, the tire pressure is very high and the loads that are being carried are very heavy. In addition when problems happen they are not necessarily easy to fix or attend to. The problems can occur deep in the forest or deep down in a mine. These places can be hard to reach, costly to repair and the downtime can be long, resulting in delays and costly repairs.
These facts puts more pressure on having an effective proactive tire maintenance program in place to strive towards reducing any unscheduled downtime and avoiding serious problems such as personnel injuries and costly accidents. The frequency of the preventive maintenance should be assessed based on historical data taking into account the equipment used, the specific tires used and any irregularities. For mining tires working deep down in a mine, working in extremely rough conditions, the maintenance will of course differ than for backhoe tires doing road maintenance and the cost implications might differ. The same goes for forestry tires, where getting stuck deep in the forest will have some potentially significant cost impacts.
Not only the frequency and the quality of the maintenance is
of important, the quality of the tires and that the tire selection process is
done correctly becomes almost as important if not even more important. The
procurement department has to work share the information to ensure that they
both work together at achieving the best overall cost effective solution that
increases productivity and reduces all related costs including both the
scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs.
Hopefully by procuring the right tire, that are optimized
for the work that is being performed and are made for the loads and conditions,
then you will have less maintenance and fewer problems, resulting in better
work morale combined with fewer personnel injuries. Delays and waiting around
for things to get fixed is never good for the workers and it is costly and
often causes delays to the overall project. So if you notice too many
unscheduled downtime, then check both your tire selection and your maintenance
There are a few different machines used for earthmoving and they each will need specific tires to have the best performance. The main machines used are loaders, excavators and dump trucks. You might even have a backhoe loader and tractors with different types of attachments. You get the best performance when you select the machine that has the best performance and combine it with the best tires. The tires will enable the machine to deliver to its full potential. The last thing that you want is that the tires will to be able to provide enough grip to perform the duties.
There are different tires for most of the machines, not only because of dimension differences, but also because they all require a bit different properties to make them the best possible tire for that machine. So you will have specific excavator tires, loader tires, backhoe tires and dump truck tires. They have a few things in common is that they do need to be able to provide good grip and be very durable so that they don’t rupture during the work shift. Some of the tires will handle this a bit differently and have additional requirements.
For your excavator tires, it is very important that the can handle the pressure as you dig and that they provide stability so that you don’t get a swinging motion. You need sufficient grip to get to the digging site and durability so that the tires don’t rupture driving around the work site. A loader is more dependent on excellent grip and you push the bucket under the material and the load is heavier when you drive it around to dump it in a dump truck or in a different area. The tires have to withstand the load without cracking and they have to withstand any sharp objects on the ground while driving around.
It is good to make use of the technical tire manual as you make your tire selection as it has the full range of tires that are available and it also has all the dimensions and specifications for each tire and their recommended tire and load pressures. This allows you to make the best decision of tires so that you can maximize the performance of your equipment to achieve the best results. This is what it is all about.
A backhoe loader is a multi-functional machine using much different equipment. The backhoe loader weight has increased over time to ensure that it can perform the wide range of tasks in a safe and efficient way. They need to be able to manage the very high loads that you will face while using very heavy auxiliary equipment. They ability to use auxiliary equipment make them even more versatile as a machine. A backhoe loader is an essential machine for earthmoving and road maintenance work.
The backhoe tires have to be very cut and crack
resistant and often uses steel belt for durability and offer excellent grip. They need to have good traction, while still
offering good stability while you are digging. Backhoe loaders have hydraulic
stabilizer legs that will also provide extra stability when needed during the
digging. For safety the stabilizers should be used when digging, so that you
don’t risk that the backhoe loader tilts over. Failure to use them can cause
both personnel injuries and equipment damages. You want the benefits out of a
combination of great equipment and great-dedicated tires.
When you buy
tires, you want the benefits out of a high caliber tire, that can delivery high
service output and low downtime due to tire problems. Low impact on grass and
soil also makes tires perfect where you will need low surface pressure combined
with excellent grip and stability while working. In addition you want to get
excellent properties both on and off road, so that you can easily travel
between sites without excessive wear due to heat buildup and the driving
comfort when being on the road is high.
Use the technical
tire manual to help you identify which tire is most suitable for your
equipment. Today excavator tires have become very specialized so
there will be tires for most use cases if the demand is high enough for the
tire companies to develop a specific tire for it. The specialization makes the
tires very good for specific tasks, as they have been optimized for handling
the challenges involved. You might though lose out a bit on the versatility of
this highly versatile equipment by selecting a very spezialised tire, so it needs
to be defined what is the exact use case for your backhoe loader.