One of the best ways to avoid tire related problems is to ensure that you have effective tire maintenance for preventive maintenance. Finding problems before they grow into bigger problems or costly breakdowns. During the maintenance you should wash the tires, check the tire pressure and check the condition of tires. The condition includes both the tread and visually checks if there are any cuts or cracks. If you notice any abnormalities you will need to decide if you can safely continue or if you need to fix or replace the tires. You will also need to replace tires that have too low tread depth.
New tires will always be better than used tires and in heavy industries where you use heavy machinery; you will need to monitor the tires that they are in good condition so that they can handle the challenging conditions that you encounter with the equipment. Changing the tires when they need to be changed will ensure that you will have the necessary properties that you will need from your tires. You will need to avoid tire related problems as they add costs and can cause personnel injuries or equipment damages and will lead to costly delays and repairs.
Some of the heavy equipment will rely on the tires to be very durable and provide long trouble free service life with limited downtime. They have to be able to withstand heavy loads and have a rubber compound that can avoid cuts or cracks. The heavy equipment often operates in conditions that have sharp rocks or debris that can damage your tires. So you will need to make sure that you have tires that are designed for this. Your loader tires will still need to be different than your excavator tires.
If you then require on and off road tires for your truck, you will often have to combine various properties. You will need to make sure that you have properties both for off road, such as impact and cut resistance combined with excellent grip, to ensure that they perform well off road, then you will need to have good properties for driving on road, where you require good driving comfort, low rolling resistance and good fuel economy. You might also need truck tires with winter driving properties for safe driving during the winter season.
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.
Proper tire selection becomes increasingly important, as the equipment become heavier and their productivity increases, you want a tire that can keep up. It of course puts a lot more pressure on the tires to perform under all circumstances. They tires will need to handle very high loads and be very durable so that they don’t cut or crack due to the loads or due to the rough terrain, where you will face a lot of sharp rocks or debris that easily can damage tires if they are not properly built and reinforced.
Not being able to work when it rains heavy due to that the equipment can’t work, as they can’t get sufficient grip on muddy hills is not an optimal scenario and one that can be avoided by the proper tire selection. Truck tires that will need to operate both on and off road will need tires that are properly designed for this purpose. The on and off road tires will need to be able to withstand rough terrain when off road as well as be able to manage mud and possibly snow. These are not easy conditions and ones that can cause a lot of problems and delays if you have made the wrong tire selection. You then need to combine this with excellent driving properties on highways in dry, wet and snowy conditions, with good grip and control. In addition you want the tires to have low wear properties and low fuel consumption through low rolling resistance. Driving comfort is always very important for long haul trucks, to ensure high comfort for the drivers.
This is a lot to squeeze into a tire. It is good to utilize the technical tire manual when you are doing your tire selection for your different machines. You will everything from loader tires to truck tires for a lot of different heavy industries. If you make a proper tire selection then you will ensure that you will have maximum problem free service life with minimum downtime. Proper scheduled tire maintenance is essential to make sure that the tires last as long as possible and to avoid any tire related accidents that can result in injuries. IN addition to tire maintenance, daily tire inspection is also recommended to check if the tires are free from any damage that can cause problems during the next shift.
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.
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.