Tire Talk: How to select & maintain tires of your construction equipment?

posted by Sunil Newatia on April 2nd, 2022
Different Tire Treads
Usually off road equipment manufacturers offer three tire options: Turf Tread Pattern, Industrial Tread Pat­tern and Radial Turf Tread Pattern. Turf tires are ideal for those wanting to mow a manicured lawn and are looking to minimize the possibility of turf damage or disruption. Industrial tires are a better alternative for those doing regular loader work, as it provides more traction and is most popular due to their versatility and are ideal for tougher jobs requiring more traction such as loader work. Radial Turf Tread tires are the perfect hybrid between other tire offering, allowing for lower ground pressure, which results in less turfing, and include breaker bars that allow for shedding of snow and ice while the wider footprint makes these tires ideal for loader work and mowing applications.

R14T is a crossover tire range designed to perform in a variety of conditions. The unique hybrid of different tread styles allows owners of equipment to enjoy the benefits of agro, turf and industrial tire designs. That means no more having to choose between tread designs — R-1 (ag), R-3 (turf) or R-4 (industrial). With the R14T tire, customers get the traction and cleaning features of an R-1, wear and ride features of an R-4, and the lessened ground disturbance of an R-3. From hard concrete surfaces to softer soils, snow and sensitive turf, the R14T is designed to perform in any condition. The R14T is available in over 30 sizes, making it suitable for any equipment on the market.
Buying Advice: 
Getting the desired performance, longevity and cost-per-hour out of a tire starts with select­ing the right tire for the job. You should choose a tread design that allows the machine to perform to the best of its abilities in your particular ap­plication. If you're going to run in a variety of ground conditions, then consider a hybrid tire that includes elements of all three tread designs. Tires are often a high wear item and a major expense for a fleet. That means it also offers an opportunity to reduce costs, if properly man­aged.
Hybrid tires are specially constructed to carry heavy loads and is used in harsh conditions. The high load carrying capacity and low inflation pressure of the tire results in high degree of agricultural soil protection, as well as low rolling resistance during both, on and off-road usage. The unique tread pattern ensures excellent self-cleaning. The high rubber to void ratio ensures large footprint and hence lower pressure on soil. The wide centre block and low lug angles provide tread stability and uniform wear. The strong nylon construction and compounds ensure long tire life.

Operating and Maintenance Advice: 
Each tread pattern wears out differently depending on the design of the tire and the job being done. Operators should remember that operating regularly on hard surfac­es speeds up tire wear. It is therefore important to understand that tire spinning on any surface will drastically speed up the tire wear. Operators should engage the differential lock to avoid tire spinning. 

Checking tire pressure regularly is very important. Improper inflation, too much or too little, can impact floatation in softer conditions, or cause irregular wear on harder surfaces. To keep your tire up and running on the job, always maintain proper inflation as per operator's man­ual or tire manufacturer specifications.

What Causes Cracks Between Tire Treads
 The cracks in your tires, or what some people call “dry rot,” could be due to age, UV rays, extreme cold, improper tire pressure, exposure to chemicals or oils, and water.
 
The tire of your vehicle contains some chemicals. The exposure of a tire to direct sunlight could break down these chemicals, causing the tire to dry rot or crack.
It is hard to keep your tires off from the sunlight and such dry rot cracks are perfectly normal and do not affect the life of the tire
 
The rubber in your tire needs some exercise to avoid cracks. Long-term disuse of a tire can create cracking issues as the antioxidants and other chemicals within the tire are not evenly distributed.
 
How Much Tire Cracking is Too Much?
Tire cracking between treads does not always mean that you need to replace the tire. You need to check the condition of the cracking carefully. See if it extends deep into the surface.
 
If the cracks between the treads are hairline and relatively small, your tire can still serve miles. Such tires are can usually serve you for even up to 5 years.
If the cracks extend deep into the surface, it means that the rubber compound is no longer reliable. Therefore, you should consider replacing the tire.
 
In case you are extensively using the tires on gravels and snow, it is recommended that you use tire chains to extend the life of your tire.
 
Tire chains for protection of tires being used in difficult conditions

A tyre protection chain can be described as a very tight mesh that covers all the vulnerable parts of your tires on their tread and sidewalls to form a barrier against damages.
 
Traction chains guarantee maximum safety and keep your rough operations rolling even in the highest mountains.
 
Earth Mover Tires, which represent the highest single cost factor for the operation of a wheeled machine, are sensitive to cuts, punctures and other damage. Tire Protection Chains solve many of these problems by providing the following advantages

Lower operating costs by
  • multiplied tire life leading to a significant reduction in tire costs
  • predictable service life of tires and chains
  • minimal down-time due to tire failure & maximum equipment availability
  • improved stability, increased traction and better penetration for digging and break-out
  • increased productivity in tonnages per hour
  • optimum tire protection - reduced tire maintenance
  • protection plus traction with chain use - safe operation even in the worst conditions (on rock, fire and ice)

The tire below is completely worn post usage of almost 2000 hours. Chain protection can easily increase this by up to 50-60%
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