Preparing Industrial Tires for a Job Site
Preparing for a job site should not only include having proper equipment, but also include a routine inspection of the equipment and its industrial tires before sending it off to a job site. Due to the variations in work site conditions and surfaces—such as encountering mud or rocks—those industrial tires will often take a beating. Routine inspections that include attention to tire maintenance can help to minimize potential problems, unexpected expenses and/or downtime.
A quick list of industrial tire routine inspection tips to keep in mind as follows:
- Keep the tires clean
- Inspect the tread depth
- Inspect for signs of damage—punctures, cracking, tears, etc.
- Inspect the rim
- Check air pressure
- Consider proper storage
Keep the tires clean
In any given job, industrial tires may encounter rocks, pebbles, mud, or any host of debris that could potentially lodge into the tire and contribute to wear, reduced traction and reduced tire life. Taking the time to routinely wash the equipment with particular attention to cleaning the tires will help to improve the tire life by removing any potential corrosive debris. But more importantly, cleaning the tires will also make it possible to see any potential problems when inspecting the tires before sending the equipment out to a job site.
Inspect the tread depth
Tread depth and patterns contribute to a backhoe’s traction and performance ability as noted in a previous article on buying backhoe tires. Thus worn tire treads not only slow down performance, but can be a potential hindrance and safety issue when operating at a job site especially when traction needs to be a crucial consideration—such as a sloping hill or muddy terrain.
Inspect for signs of damage—punctures, cracking, tears, etc.
Industrial tires are often taken for granted during a job, while at the same time, depended upon to function properly at the job site. For this reason, it is important to inspect for signs of damage to avoid costly down time due to a flat. Typical examination should look for any warning signs of damage such as punctures from any debris or nails, or any cracking or signs of tearing.
Inspect the rim
Replacing the rims is equally costly as replacing tires. Avoid any temptations to neglect the rims whenever performing routine cleaning and inspections. The same debris, rocks, and mud that can damage tires can also lodge into the rim and result in a tire bead popping away from the rim. When purchasing industrial tires, you may want to ask about possible rim guard protection options. Also be on the lookout for any signs of rust, corrosion, or rim leaks. Due to the potentially porous quality of many alloy rims, the rims can develop small holes that allow air to leak from a tire even if the bead-seat surface has an appropriate seal. As a result, the tires may regularly lose air pressure even when there is no damage to the tire.
Check air pressure
Regular inspections should always include checking the air pressure. Optimum recommended pressure will translate to optimum performance. Remember that it is normal for tires to lose air over time as well as being affected by weather temperatures and conditions. A routine air pressure check will not only ensure optimum performance, but will help to serve as an alert to potential problems—especially if the tires are losing air at a more rapid rate than normal. Any unusual air pressure loss may be the first clues to rim or tire damage that might otherwise be missed with a visual inspection.
Consider proper storage
Keeping industrial tires out of extreme temperatures during storage will help to prolong the life of the tires, thus reducing potential costly replacements or repairs. For example, tires tend to expand in hot temperatures which can lead to cracking. Whenever possible, store the equipment and tires in a more neutral or cool temperature and dry environment.
For more in-depth information, consult a tire specialist at Monster Tires. We are your nationwide leader in industrial tires, backhoe tires and industrial tracks. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call anytime. We are always in the office and ready to answer any questions regarding tips for caring and prolonging the life of your industrial tires.