How to Select the Right Tire for Your Jobsite

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When a single tire can cost thousands of dollars, choosing the right type for construction equipment is vital. A contractor that tries to operate on the wrong tire to save money soon realizes what a mistake that can be. The initial cost of “cheap tires” may be helpful, but in the long run, when they don’t perform as expected any money saved is eaten up by downtime cause by tire problems.

Different machines require different tires, and they all have different pressure requirements. The wrong tire and incorrect tire pressure are two of the biggest reasons machines get stuck when they should be moving. Tires are an expensive headache for any contractor but as long as you need them anyway, spending the money now on quality will save even more later by no down time due to tire issues.

Construction sites are going to have many different surfaces to deal with and more than one kind of machine operating in them. There is no “one type fits all” tire. For instance Radial tires work well when traction is needed, and treadware as well as distance are things you have to think about. Therefore, Radials are best for wheel loaders running on finished surfaces.

Any machine operating where there is gravel does well with bias tires. They are best when the machine is being used in pit or quarry work where tires risk being cut because they are designed with thicker sidewalls to guard against damage. They do their job well because actual distance traveled by large machines is generally minimal and bias tires are easier to repair.

There are also solid tires which are considered best for industrial or scrapyard use, or wider flotation tires which are much better in wet, muddy areas. Moving ahead, or standing still eating up time, it all depends on whether or not tires on equipment are up to the job they are expected to do. Considering the job, thinking about the equipment, and then shopping accordingly pays off in lower stress levels, and jobs completed on time.

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