The tyres installed beneath heavy equipment such as earthmoving vehicles experience a lot of stress due to the pressure exerted during operation. Therefore, these components should be maintained diligently after installation. Neglected earthmoving tyres will be susceptible to fast deterioration. This degradation will translate into high replacement expenses. You should also note that the failure of your tyres can cause an accident during the operations. Here are some of the best practices to uphold for the safety, durability and integrity of earthmoving tyres.
Adjust the Pressure
You should ensure that the pressure in your tyres is suitable for your earthmoving applications. The correct pressure will depend on different factors, including the manufacturer's recommendations, expected load and the distance to be travelled. You should note that low pressure or under-inflation will cause tyre fatigue and accelerated wear. On the other hand, over-inflation makes the tyres less resistant to impacts and cuts. Remember, high temperature can interfere with pressure measurements. Therefore, you should only test cool tyres for ideal results.
Monitor the Tread Depth
Earthmoving vehicles are often used in harsh and uneven terrain. Tyre traction is critical for the ideal performance of the equipment and optimal safety on such adverse worksites. Therefore, you should ensure that your vehicle has sufficient tread depth to handle movement on unsuitable ground. Typically, new tyres have deep treads, and the service life will be quite long. However, you should note that factors such as poor tyre balance, incorrect wheel alignment and general lack of maintenance can contribute to accelerated tread wear. You should monitor the tread wear rate and patterns and make corrections depending on the trend.
Adopt Ideal Operation Practices
You should operate your earthmoving vehicle correctly if you would like to prolong the ideal performance of your tyres. Often, the damage and degradation of the tyres can be traced back to incorrect usage of the heavy equipment. You should check the load ratings of your earthmoving machine and ensure that the limits are followed. Overloading the vehicle causes tyre overheating, wall deflection and general fatigue, accelerating wear.
You should also avoid excessive speeds when driving because higher speeds translate to higher internal tyre temperature. Additionally, you should avoid potholes because impact damages tyres. If this is not possible, you should slow down before contact.
Finally, you should be diligent in inspecting the condition of your earthmoving tyres. This practice can help you identify problems from the onset. As a result, you will be able to resolve anomalies before they escalate to complete tyre failure.Share