Some of the tires in ports and terminals are very difficult to change, as they might be mounted under big cranes, as is the case with RTG-tires and straddle carrier tires. These are tires that are very expensive to change, so you want to ensure that they can handle all the different season without problems and that they are durable and will last. Since the ports and terminals are around the clock operations, there is no time for breakdowns that can slow you down.
The different machines will need very different tires and they will have very different properties to fulfill their tasks to ensure a high output and productivity during the work shift. The most visible tires are the tires on all the trailers and then the terminal tractor tires. The terminal tractors are used to move around the trailers around the ports and terminals before they are picked up or after they have been dropped off. This require that the container trailers have to be moved around in small spaces with good turning response and since the terminal tractors are low to ensure that they can manage in cramped spaces.
The tires on the trailers are normal truck tires, but specially designed for trailers, as truck tires are different for the steering and driving axle of the trucks. They are built for the long haul ensuring that the containers and the goods they contain will get to its destination without problems related to the tires. The main tire problems tend to be caused by low tire pressure. For trailers that are picked up it can be difficult to know if the tires are already in good condition and the same goes if the tires are approved for winter conditions, in case the transport enters countries where commercial winter tires are mandatory.
It can be worth checking the technical tire manual to ensure that you know the recommended tire pressure for all the tires that you will find within the port and terminal and also making sure that the correct tire is selected for the application where they will be used. You will need to ensure that the tires can handle the load, within the range where they can operate. All this information and more can be found in the manual.
When it comes to winter tires for heavy equipment, you will need to make sure that they are built to last, so that they don’t cause accidents as they brake down. The tire pressure is very high in them, so they can cause problems if they explode. That in combination with that the equipment are big and heavy and they might carry heavy loads as the tyres explode, so you will need to make sure that you select the right tyres for the usage and take premium tires that are built to last and are extremely durable and can protect against cuts and cracks.
The winter tires might be needed if you work in areas that
will either require it by law or where not having sufficient grip will slow
down your work and productivity. When it comes to any vehicle that will drive
on public roads, they will often require winter tires if there are winter
conditions present. Trucks and buses require commercial winter tires to both be
safe and to comply to some of these laws. Bus
and truck tires are readily available.
When it comes to other heavy equipment, they might be more difficult to find and especially finding the right ones. There are though winter tires for tractors that are then great for snow clearing. They don’t only work during winter, but are great for all year round use. Some of the forest tires are also done to handle winter conditions and can use chains or tracks for extra traction and grip. When it comes to earthwork and road maintenance, there are winter tyres for loaders and for road graders. Loader tires that can handle snow and ice are then better at filling the bucket without slipping and can thus be more productive. The same goes for road grader tires, where you require very good grip to create the smooth surface.
You do however need to select the tires that will give you
long problem free service life, so that you can go on about your work without
having to deal with problems. Scheduled maintenance is ok and should be done as
often as needed to avoid unscheduled service. The better tires you select, the
less scheduled maintenance will be needed and you can save some money in
Bad tires can almost break a business. Bad tires can increase your costs due to maintenance, downtime, missed timelines and potentially even accidents. Mainly, these are all the things that you work hard to avoid. Tires might look like an easy way to cut some costs, by selecting a cheaper cost tire, as you do need quite many tires and they will wear out over time, when they will need to be replaced. Selecting a lower quality tire, however, means that you will need to replace them more often, which is costly. The rolling resistance is higher, which leads to increased fuel costs. Cheaper tires are also more prone to breakdowns, punctures or even safety issues due to worse driving performance.
If you instead invest in high quality tire, so that you
choose premium truck tires or a tractor tires then you will add
value to your business by having less downtime, less problems that results in
being able to deliver on time and having a more profitable business. Both are
good for the reputation of your business. You want to have a good track record
when it comes to safety, as your employees will appreciate that and you want to
have a good one when it comes to timely deliveries. All these gives you a
larger margin and more competitive versus other businesses that struggle with high
costs due to inefficiencies and problems.
Adding winter tires for when it is needed will also solve situations where it is mandatory and keep your safety record at a high level. Driving without winter tires will put you at a higher risk of accidents and delays when you face winter weather. The non-studded commercial winter tires are made for being used both in winter conditions as well as on dry and warm tarmac.
Adding on and off road tires might be
needed if you work in areas where the off road conditions are such that you
might need extra grip due to muddy roads and bit rougher conditions. You might also
require extra durability in terms of protection against sharp objects, so that
the tires will need to have reinforced sidewalls to protect them from
punctures. This will ensure that the trucks that will have these conditions
included don’t suffer from costly delays or problems.
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.