5 Tips To Select A Tire For Winter

When it comes to selecting an important safety factor such as a tire, it is important that you have done your research and have all the knowledge to make an informed decision. Since the tire affects your safety a lot, you should do everything you can to make a correct decision. Here are some steps to take when selecting winter tires.

Check with your friends and colleagues-They tend to give you an unbiased view of what they recommend and why.

Check with the car dealer-They will know what works well with the size and model that you have. 

Read car magazines-The tire reviews tend to give a good overview of what are the top brands. If you look at the best winter tires, you can read which brands were included into the winter tire category and why.

Search the Internet-There is vast amount of tire related information on the web. You can read about each tire on the manufacturers’ homepages, you can find online tire reviews and customer reviews.

Visit a well-assorted tire shop-A shop with a wide tire selection should enable you to find the tires that you have decided to go for. The sales persons might be able to give you some more benefits of why to go for a certain tire.

Select a high quality tire that has been approved for winter use. It will be able to give you good grip in any winter conditions, regardless if it snows, rains, is icy or if there is a lot of slush.  A tire that is winter approved and tested in winter conditions will have a three-peak-mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall. To only have M+S symbol on the tire isn’t enough for driving in harsh winter conditions.

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Cut To Length Three How It Works And Some Of Its Advantages

Cut to length (CTL) forestry is the most modern way of felling trees, due to reasons described a bit later.

The CTL-method is based on that you basically have 2 machines that work in the forest and then a timber truck that picks up the logs from the roadside.

To manage with only two machines in the forest, where you will use a harvester to fells the trees, delimbs and bucks them.

You have a forwarder, which is a vehicle that picks up the logs from the stump and loads them on the trailer. Compared to a skidder, the logs are transported clear from the ground.

An advantage is that the harvester and the forwarder can move in the same tracks for limited impact on the forest. Also the delimbing leaves the tops and the branches, which protects the soil.

Compared to full tree (FT) logging, where you will need more equipment in the forest, the CTL is a cheaper method and it has a lower impact on the forest.

The equipment used in CLT is more modern and have better fuel economy and you have fewer vehicles, which makes it more flexible. You are more likely to have some equipment problems the more equipment you use and the impact on the forest is higher. Despite that there is quite clear evidence supporting the CTL-methodology, the adaptation has been quite slow in the rest of the world.

When it comes to the tires for the equipment, both CTL and FT do require high load tires that have high cut and crack resistant rubber compound.

Forestry tires for CLT include both the harvester tires, the forwarder tires, which require ties that will be highly durable and then the logger truck that require more haul or logger tires.

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Farming is an year-round job, that require equipment that are up for the task

Farming might not seem to be the most challenging industry segment of the commercial tires, but it is no easy task. Margins are getting more squeezed so you need to make sure that the output is high and costs are low. High yield is key for ensuring a profitable operation. Selecting the right equipment that can deliver combined with the right agricultural tires can help achieving the targets that you look for in your farming operations.

Tractor has always been the main equipment used for agriculture, where different attachments will help do most of the work. Then you tend to have a telescopic loader for lifting hay to high places for storage and probably a harvester depending on if you grow wheat. You will have a lot of trailer attachments, so from tire perspective you will need also agricultural trailer tires or flotation tires for trailers.

The technical tire manual is an excellent guide to help you select the optimal tire for each of the equipment, based on the load and the corresponding tire pressure. Failure to do so might cause your tires to malfunction and cause unnecessary costs and delays in tasks that need to be undertaken.

US are currently on number fourth place in the world in terms of agricultural output with Europe in third place. China and India are occupying first and second place, which makes sense based on their population. The machines and tires used for this are massive in amounts. The conditions will however vary, especially when it comes to weather conditions. In North America and Europe there might be a need to also manage in winter conditions.

If you have winter conditions, the tractor will also be used for snow plowing and will need to have tires that have grip in snow and ice. Not all the tires will work well in snow, but some are even made for winter conditions and will have an alpine symbol on the sidewall to ensure that they are optimized for these harsh conditions. There is even a winter tractor tire that has two world record in highest speed and unmanned snow ploughing.  Of course made by the inventors of winter tires, that is made for the harsh Finnish weather and therefore works well around the world in winter climates, where you want the best possible tire for the winter season.

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Long Haul Winter Tires For When The Weather Turns On You

For the areas where you might have some occasional winter weather, it is worth already investing in tires that can handle any type of weather. You don’t want to have your trucking operations to be at a standstill because there is a winter storm sweeping in across the country. Reliability in your service by being able to deliver without delays is a business advantage that customers are willing to pay for. So don’t let bad weather slow you down.

Heavy truck tires that are approved for winter conditions is what is needed to drive safely throughput the winter. A tire that has been approved for winter conditions will have the alpine 3PMSF-symbol on the sidewall of the tire. Winter tires should be on all positions of the truck from steer, drive and trailer axles. As trucks will mainly drive long distances you will need proper haul tires to take you the distance. Low heat build up will result in low wear and low rolling resistance will give reduced fuel consumption.

The first winter tire for trucks was actually made more than 80 years ago for trucks driving in the Finnish winter. This was already then done to improve the safety of transports. Safety, reliability and durability is what has been strived for in the product development to achieve the best winter tires that exceeds the customer expectations. Nowadays they will provide commercial tires for some of the most challenging areas and conditions. To ensure that output is increased and downtime is minimized even in the harshest conditions.

When it comes to long haul trucks the equipment is very expensive as well as the load carries can be substantial, so accidents should be avoided at almost any cost. Equipping the trucks with tires that have proven to deliver in the harshest conditions is a good start to ensure that you can deliver on time regardless of weather. You should also remember as the tires will wear down, you can then retread the tires so that you can add another tread on the body of the tire, so that you can get more or less a new tire for the fraction of the price. This lowers your tire costs drastically and you still achieve the same driving safety, while being environmentally friendly.

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The Need For Commercial Tires With Good Durability

Forestry is one area where there is a high need for commercial tires with good durability. Depending on how you will fell the trees, if it is cut to length (CTL) or full tree, you will use a bit different equipment, but the circumstances where you work tend to be similar. You are fairly remote and anything but smooth surfaces. You will need very durable rugged tires with good grip to penetrate the areas where you will operate.

You might also face some severe weather conditions, which requires extra good grip on snow and ice. While still be able to be extremely cut and crack resistant, so not to leave you stranded in a remote area. For CTL (cut to length) operations, there tends to be only two vehicles working remotely, a harvester and a forwarder. The harvester cuts the tree and is able to remove the branches and the top and cut it to the desired length. The forwarder is then able to load the logs and drive them to the landing where then a log truck can pick up a full load for further transport.

If you have a tire problem on one of your two remote working machines, it will impact even the log truck, which is scheduled to pick up the full load at a certain time. Making sure that you have the best tires for the job, is key and that is why Nokian Tyres have developed a full range of forestry tires for the various tasks, which are made to work in the cold and rugged conditions present in Finland. Their harvester tires and their forwarder tires are some of the most durable on the market, made to last and to not let you down regardless of the conditions.

The costs associated with changing tires in remote areas and having the operations at a stand still for the time it takes to get a new tire to the remote site, man hours wasted sitting and waiting, the low utilization of the equipment, lower output etc are far greater than any additional costs spent on getting the best possible tire from the start. It is worth consulting the technical tire manual to ensure that you make the correct decision once you have already decided to go for Nokian Tyres range of tires.

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Heavy Equipment Tires That Are Durable

When it comes to selecting tires for your earthmoving equipment you will need earthmoving tires that are durable and can do the job. Things to avoid are of course tires that might cut or crack while you are working. The conditions are very aggressive when you are working within earthmoving regardless if you are using an excavator or a loader, you will need great tires that don’t let you down.

Excavator tires are rugged and you can select tires for both hard and soft surfaces. The tire choice should be dependent on the tasks that you aim to perform. If you will work on soft surfaces and want to leave minimum impact, make sure that you select a special excavator tire that has been designed for soft surfaces, while still being steel fortified to prevent from punctures from rocks and stubs.

These tires will need high load bearing and good stability for digging, if the surface is solid, then you will need a different tire that will give you support and stability. Driving on roads will not be a problem as these tires will be durable and enable smooth transitions between sites.  Puncture resistance and durability tend to be key features for people working with excavation work both on/off-road. You want to make sure that the tires are as durable as they can be, as any tire problems will cause delays and extra costs.

To assure that you select the correct tire for the surface and for the equipment you have, it is always good to consult the technical tire manual for more information including the tire pressure depending on load and tire. Selecting the tire is not always easy, but making an error in this process can be very costly and cause big delays.

Other equipment often used for earthmoving are, road graders and wheel loader combined often with an articulated dump truck to remove soil and debris from the area. All vehicles will need to ensure that they have the proper tires for their main area of the work. As you rarely have back-up equipment, that then means if one has a problem it might keep all other equipment waiting. This further reinforces the importance of durable tires that will have minimum problems so you have minimum downtime for the work as whole.

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The Roughest Conditions For Tires Must Be Within Mining

Just looking at the mining environment you can imagine that this is some of the roughest conditions. You need to have ultra-durable tires for them to survive in this type of an atmosphere and you need to have really heavy equipment. These machines have to be able to carry enormous loads as well as be able to drive up and down from the mines. So, you need to have superb traction and engines that can power the equipment with these loads despite the uphill.

Sharp rocks and stones combined with extreme loads make this probably the toughest environment only for the toughest tires. The sizes of these tires are impressive and some of the biggest ones are enormous, so you can just imagine changing one of these tires. If a tire will crack or get cut and a tire needs to be changed, it will be both costly and time consuming and reduce the intended output. This is the main reason that when the tire selection is done, there is a lot of emphasis on how crack and cut resistant the tires are and how durable they are, to ensure that you improve output and limit any expensive downtime.

You often tend to have different tires for the different operating conditions, where underground loading applications, which are able to provide an extremely cut and crack resistant tire to protect the tires from accidental cuts in the harsh mining operations. They also have to manage extreme loads to ensure a smooth operation with as little downtime as possible.

Nokian Tyres offer special mining tires to ensure that you get long operating time out of the tires.  These tires are made with an extreme cut and crack resistant tire compound. The remaining tread depth can easily be checked from the side of the tire, through a groove indicator, which makes it easy to quickly make an assessment.

Some of the main equipment used in mining are the mine loader underground also known as LDL, load-haul-dump loaders, articulated dump truck, drill rigs, wheeled excavators. The needs are pretty much the same for all the tires for these equipment, long lasting durable tires with good cut and crack resistance to avoid any downtime due to tire failure. Check the tires technical manual to make your selection and check the tire pressure.

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Modern Forest Work Require Some Really Heavy Equipment

Forestry has evolved a lot and is nowadays mainly done by heavy equipment, if you look at it from an industrial point of view. The heavy equipment is expensive, so you expect high yield and as little problems as possible.

The challenge with forestry is that the forest grows in remote areas, so you need to get the equipment there, fell the trees and transport the trees to a place that will utilize the tree. So you will need more equipment than one to do all the tasks required.

The technology varies a bit around the globe where as some regions tend to utilize the whole tree, including the branches and the top, while other regions will cut off the branches, cut the tree into length that are then brought to a collection point where a timber truck picks them up and transports the logs the mill or pulp factory. This is a much more modern development of the full tree technology that cuts the tree and then drags the whole tree including all the branches and tops with a skidder to the landing.

Some advantages from cut to length logging is that the wood is cleaner as the logs have not been skidded through the forest. You can get by with using just two machines, a harvester and a forwarder to get the logs to the landing for a logger truck to pick it up. Generally, it is also much safer, as everything is done by the equipment, so basically no manual labor is involved. It is also better for the environment as the soil can be kept almost intact due to no skidding and less wood waste dumped at the landing.

Even with only two machines used for cut to length logging, the investment into machines can be quite high. You also need to make sure that you invest in proper harvester tires and forwarder tires, so that you can have as much un-interrupted with as few equipment or tire failures. Check the technical tire manual to ensure that you select the best possible tire for your forwarder and harvester that are durable enough for the tasks at hand. Remote areas is the last place you want to have a tire failure, that’s why you need to select tires are built to last.

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Effective Forestry

To achieve effective forestry, you need to make sure that you optimize your operations. To make it most effective you will need the best heavy equipment for the conditions that you will work in. You also need to have the best possible tires to match the conditions. Equipment with tires vs tracks have the benefit that you can change the tires to fit the conditions, to achieve that you have the best grip for the circumstances. You can also put winter tires on the equipment.

commercial Winter tires will ensure that you have excellent grip and stability even in the harshest winter conditions. Winter tires should be put on all wheels and also should include trailers. Normally, a tire that is approved for winter use will have a marking with 3 peak mountain with a snow flake (3PMSF). The acronym 3PMSF is often used to describe the symbol for approved tires. However, the symbol is not used in forestry tires.

Forest tires in general need to be very cut and crack resistant to ensure that you have as little downtime as possible. Often in forestry operations you only have two vehicles operating, so a tire failure can set you back a lot in terms of timing and you are in a remote area. Avoiding downtime both for your equipment and your tires is key in ensuring that you run it efficiently and economically. Forestry tires are relatively expensive but avoiding downtime is more important from an efficiency point of view. This is why a lot of effort goes into finding the best and most durable equipment and tires for these conditions.

For the tires the tread is designed to offer the best possible traction for the most common conditions. For extra durability the tires are steel fortified to avoid punctures. There are also tires specially designed for Over the Tire tracks, to ensure that you have the best track grip. The traction between the tire and the track has been improved by a larger straight section between the grooves and the ribs. The tracks don’t have to be so tensed due to this which lowers the stress on the tires and bogies.

Tire selection might not be the easiest but it is a very important decision, one that can impact the profitability of your whole operation.

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You Don’t See Equipment With Tires In Cargo Terminals, But A Few Exist

Within the terminals of cargo shipments, you will find a lot of heavy equipment. Due to the heavy loads that these equipment deal with in a daily basis, most of them are fixedWith the increased global shipping, with especially demand to and from China, the global shipping has been constantly growing and more and more ports are being built or existing ones expanded. Truck tires you will of course see, as the trucks enter the terminal to pick up the containers. A process that can be as described below:

The container ship arrives to the port and the containers are taken off and new are loaded. Once they have been taken off the ship they are transported around the terminal and then distributed by road in long haul trucks.

Empty or full containers are taken of the chassis by a yard equipment, most likely a telescopic loader. He then proceeds to a pick-up spot to pick up an import container from the container yard. An RTG will need to locate the container from the stack of containers and retrieve it by maybe moving several other containers.

Refrigerated containers, the process is different, as they will be waiting at the refeer-yard already on a chassis, so the truck can hook up to the chassis and drive away.

To move around containers already on a chassis a terminal tractor can do it faster within the terminal than a normal truck, so they can speed up the operations within the terminal.

The RTG-tires have to sustain a very high load while moving back and forth to deliver the right container to the truck. With unique tread pattern you can easier move the wheel despite standing still, you will need this to reduce the forces the actuator will have to absorb.

The terminal tractors will need similar functions to easily turn and move around the containers, thus the terminal tractor tires need the easy ability to turn even small areas and be very precise. They also need to be able to carry massive loads around the terminal.

Low heat build up resulting in low wear of the tires is a key component of getting more operating hours out of the tires before change. Any tire maintenance in a terminal will be costly.

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