Excavator is the main equipment if you need to dig something. When you select tires for an excavator it is important to know if the surface is mainly soft or hard. When you are digging you need good stability so that the excavator doesn’t start rocking too much back and forth while digging.
are heavy equipment and the excavator tires need to be
able to handle the high loads as well as the rubber compound needs to be able
to prevent the tires from puncture with a cut and crack resistant compound.
When working there will always be a lot of sharp rocks, stubs and stones that
can puncture tires, so the sidewalls will be very cut resistant and the tires
thus tend to be steel fortified tends.
Excavator tires that have open patterns have the
advantage that it helps the tires to clean themselves, which helps when you
have very muddy conditions; it also helps from stones getting stuck in the
tread. Blocks that also cover the center will give you a smooth ride as you
drive on roads between sites.
For lawn you
need a pattern that is gentle combined with a wide tire to distribute the
weight properly. Low impact on soil and producing less damage will be of value,
when you do these types of jobs.
As for most
Off The Road (OTR) tires, they all need to be very durable and offer good grip
combined with have high load capacity. Heavy equipment tires have very high
pressures, which make any tyre change and inflation more dangerous and you need
to follow the safety precautions when you handle these tires. As it is
recommended with all heavy equipment tires to check the tires technical manual to ensure that you select the
correct tire for the vehicle that you have and for the correct load that you
intend to work with. It will detail what dimensions are available and what tire
pressure you should have in the tires based on the load. The tire pressure
should be checked regularly together with the tread depth, which tends to be
quite easy to read on most modern tires. To reduce any downtime the service
should be done and tires should be changed before they are fully worn out, so
inspect the tires on a daily basis.
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
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 tiresthat 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.
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.
When making a selection of which tires to match to your equipment it can be a decision that can make your operation profitable or then you will loose money due to some mistakes in the decision process. The decision has to be based on numerous factors and selecting an inferior tire or a tire that is not designed to handle the conditions, will have negative consequences.
selection of the equipment is often far easier and when you have made the
decision then all you can change and play around with are the tire options. I
always recommend people to start checking the technical tire manual to check
the options as a first step. Then map out what you expect from your tires, what
conditions you want the tires to perform in, what the maximum load will be and
then try to create a match of what you want and what is available.
It is always
cheaper to select a high quality tire that will give you more output and less
downtime. Problems are always costly when it comes to heavy equipment.
Then it is good to remember that problems never come alone and they affect
other things. If one machine breaks down, you will often have several other
equipment waiting for that machines’ output.
There will also be a lot of people will be involved in the repairs.
If you for
example have an excavator where the excavator tires ruptures, you will probably have
both the loader and the dump truck just waiting around for the tire of the
excavator to be repaired. So you not only have bad utilization of all
equipment, you also have 3 people that can’t work until the problem is fixed.
This is why making sure that you have good excavator, dump truck and wheel loader tires, to minimize the risk
that you will have tire failure.
productivity is also improved if you have good tires that have good stability
and grip. It is important to also realize that the properties are very
different on and off-road and that if you need to be able to drive your
machines between job sites on the road, then you need tires that are designed
for this purpose and have low heat build up when driving higher speeds on
tarmac, as the wear can be very high otherwise.