When using an earthmoving vehicle, it is important to make sure that all systems and components are in good mechanical condition. However, it is also essential to check the tire conditions. A properly maintained tire contributes to extended wear life. Proper tire maintenance may also help prevent damage to other vehicle components.
Typical earthmoving operations put tires under particular stress during operation: heavy loads are transported on bumpy roads and under severe conditions. That is why we at BKT always recommend correct tire maintenance – especially for equipment operating on mining, quarry and construction sites. Choosing the right tire, actually, is not enough. It must be maintained in the best possible way and used appropriately according to design standards to take advantage of its full potential.
It is essential to make sure that the tire is always in excellent condition to achieve top performance, maximize tire life and ensure best driving conditions to safeguard the operator – all that resulting in a good return on investment.
An essential element for proper tire performance is a correct inflation pressure. Overinflating leads to premature and irregular tread wear and hence a cost for the company. Underinflation, instead, may result in higher fuel consumption, difficult maneuvering and possible damage to the tire casing.
What we recommend to all our customers is that either themselves or the servicing dealer establish and follow a scheduled maintenance program. As the idiom says: better safe than sorry - and this also applies to earthmoving machinery: regular tire maintenance reduces vehicle downtime due to premature removal. This results in cost optimization for companies.
Tire maintenance and monitoring generally includes:
Scheduled maintenance is not always included in the purchase price of tires. Often, these are extra services the tire dealer offers at a charge. Anyway, we at BKT believe it is an excellent investment, as continuous monitoring increases performance and may extend tire life. Not to mention that possible damage can be avoided reducing costs to your company.
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