When you work underground you definitely have some of the toughest conditions for tires. With the constant heavy loads and sharp rocks, causing cuts and bruises to the tires day in and out, you need to make sure that you have some of the most durable tires available. Underground is not the best place to have tire related problems due to bad tires or bad tire maintenance. This is what makes the tire selection so important as you do not want unscheduled downtime and project delays that can be very costly.
You will need mining tires that have all of these properties, such as durability, good wear resistance, great grip, heavy load bearing and self-cleaning tread. Tires for the drill rigs also need special highly cut resistance carcass to protect from freshly blasted rock. Good maneuverability is also very important as the space in tunnels and mines is limited, so you will need to maneuver and turn precisely with good control.
It is always advisable to consult the technical tire manual so that you can check regarding the load levels and the inflation pressure for the tires for each machine. It will also guide you for the best replacement tires once your tires are worn out. Since tire selection is so important to ensure the best productivity and each machine will require special tires with specific tread design, you will probably have numerous different tires for your different equipment used, as you will have special mining condition loader tires and excavator tires, that are often more durable than the tires for same equipment in other working environments.
A reliable tire that can give long trouble-free service life. It is recommended to clean the tires and check them for any cuts or cracks, so that you know that they are in good condition for the next shift. Tires tend to have good tread level indicator that makes it easy to read how much tread you have left, so that you can change in good time. With proper service routines and enough scheduled maintenance so that you can limit or avoid any downtime. Proper tire selection is of course an essential part in avoiding unscheduled downtime, if you experience above industry average downtime, consider using different tires or switch tire brand for a more durable mining tires