What are flotation tires you might wonder and what are they used for. Here we
will point out some of the differences, between these tires and their main use
traction tires are used to move vehicles forward or backwards and used to
translate the torque from the engine through the axel via wheels to the
surface. The tires will create traction to move the vehicle forward. Often
various tread designs are used depending on the surface.
tires are wide tires that are intended to float on the surface and have a wide
contact area and round shoulder area to disperse the load and to prevent the
vehicle from sinking through sand or lose soil.
tires are good at moving forward and having good lateral grip as they drive on
soft surfaces with minimum impact on the surface.
cases for flotation tires are when you have heavy equipment that needs to navigate through soft surfaces without
sinking and getting stuck and not damaging the surfaces.
tires educe soil compaction, which can be very important within farming as that
can have a negative impact on the yield.
industry for flotation tires are within agriculture, to both prevents sinking
through soft soil and sand and then to reduce the compaction of the soil.
need flotation tires both for your tractor as well as for your trailers. So
make sure you purchase agriculture trailer tires that are flotation.
tires are designed to also be used off field and will give you good driving
comfort and are able to carry heavy loads. The wide surface area is good at
distributing the weight over a large area for minimal surface impact.
Here are a few things you should do to ensure that your tires will last a long time, at least as long until they are worn out by its normal use. Here are a few things that are good to follow regardless if you have a car or an SUV and if you have summer tires or winter tires.
In any business this should be observed and if you deal with a lot of personnel and they are using heavy equipment there is an even bigger need to comply with this. Proper safety training and instructions should be in place; the safety procedures and the use of the best safety features should be a natural part of the business. Accidents and injured personnel can impact the business drastically. If personnel are injured, it is very tragic and has an emotional and demoralizing impact on the other personnel.
also a lot of hidden costs associated with not having proper safety procedure
or safety track record. They are increasing insurance costs, higher personnel
turnover and personnel costs due to sick days and absences. Underutilization of
vehicles tends to also happen. These are costs that should be avoided.
comes to equipment and safety equipment, then make sure that you evaluate their
safety when making the selection. The same comes to the tire selection, which
can be very important selection from a safety point of view, regardless if it
comes to selecting tires for semi-trailer truck or for a wheel backhoe loader.
When it comes to the heavy truck tires here you want to make sure that the
truck can haul load long distances safely. Here road safety such as grip, wear,
stability and durability are key factors. If you will drive in winter
conditions, the road safety and ensuring that you have tires that are approved
for winter weather is crucial for safety. Look for tires that are winter
select a backhoe tires, then you have other concerns, like
stability, durability and puncture and crack resistance. Blowouts with these
big tires and the high pressure can be a safety risk in itself. The fact that
the whole backhoe loader can tilt and cause damages and
safety concerns. Inflating the tires can be very dangerous and the tires should
be in a safety cage during the inflation. It is important that you know what
the tire pressure should be and what load you are able to carry with the tire
that you are using. Check the technical tire manual to ensure that you are
within the limits when it comes to inflation pressure and load weight and
follow all the other safety procedures when it comes to tires, the equipment
and within the working processes to keep the business running safely.
One might wonder what a flotation tire is, well a flotation tire is a tire that more or less floats on the surface due to large surface area that is in contact with the surface. This is thus perfect for soft surfaces and when you want to avoid too much soil compaction, which can reduce the yield. These tires prevent you from sinking into soft surfaces and risking getting stuck. As most surfaces you will encounter within agriculture fit into these conditions, this makes flotation a good choice at least when you don’t have winter conditions.
tire is designed to be very wide, but there is more focus on spreading the
surface area to as big area as possible. They are designed for minimum impact
on the surface on which they drive. This
is what makes them great for most farming applications, where there is a need
for both on and off-road driving.
farming work will need some great flotation tires, then you have the Nokian Country King tire, which is a great tire that
gives you all the benefits from a flotation tire, such as large contact area
and low rolling resistance. These tires work perfectly both on and off-road and
can carry very high loads. To be able to carry the heavy loads, they have been
steel belt reinforced, so that there is no problem to drive on rocky terrain,
soft terrain as well as on roads. The driving comfort is great regardless of
where you drive and with the low impact on the soil, it will improve your yield
compared to using normal tires. They are also easy to clean for good tire
maintenance, which ensures long lifetime of these very durable tires.
trailers will need to have flotation tires if that is the best tire for your
conditions. So both trailers and slurry tankers should be equipped with
flotation tires to ensure that they don’t get stuck or compact the soil too
much. Check the tire pressure for the different tires in the technical tire
manual to avoid excessive wear or increased pressure on the sidewalls. Tire
maintenance such as cleaning and visual inspection should be done daily at the
end of the workday. Tread depth can easily be monitored through the
Driving Safety Indicator DSI).
For underground mining it is important to have state of the art equipment and match those with the best in class tires for each of the different equipment. The basic workhorse equipment that basically any mining operation will have is the articulated dump truck for easy maneuverability and an underground loader. The underground loader is of load-haul-dump type often with a low profile to fit even in small spaces in the mine. The equipment is very durable and rugged and built to last. Good maneuverability is key for the equipment in the small tunnels in the mines.
machines need to be equipped with good mining tires, you need articulated dump truck
tires and you need tires for the underground loader. You then will need some
drilling and excavating equipment. Excavator and some drill rig or other type
of equipment to mine with is then the most used equipment down in the mine.
With these machines you get pretty far. All the equipment is very expensive, so
utilization is important to provide efficient mining.
tires you need tires that have very high cut and crack resistant rubber.
Driving precision and stability is key when you drive the special equipment
that is built to have high maneuverability in the narrow spaces. Load capacity
to keep up with the heaviest machines in the market is also essential. Consult
the tires technical manual to make sure that you select the
correct tire with the right load capacity for each machine, also make sure that
you have the correct tire pressure for the specific tire.
be very costly as the utilization rate diminishes, so it is important to keep
maintenance at the highest level. Wash off the tires at the end of each shift
and check the tires for any cuts or cracks. Tread depth and tire pressure should also
be checked on a regular basis to ensure that the tires are operating under proper
conditions. Repairing tires down in the mine is not the most convenient place
and it will disturb the working pattern and cause downtime that can affect also
the other equipment that are working down in the mine. Hopefully the regular
maintenance and the continuous checks will reduce any unforeseen downtime so
that operations can continue smoothly and at least the downtime due to tires can
When it comes to bus and truck tires they both have in common that they use a lot of tires and the rear tires tend to be dual wheels, with double tires. This makes the checking of the tires more challenging to say the least. You have both the challenge to check the condition of the tire and it is slightly more difficult to check the tire pressure. As the tires are mainly haul tires, meant for long distances it is important to check the tire pressure regularly. Modern Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems are not working well for heavy trucks, so you need to check the pressure manually.
tires with low pressure will cause increased wear and increased fuel
consumption. If you drive with much too low pressure you will damage the carcass
of the tire and the tire can rupture. With
dual tires the wear is increased if only one is low pressure and the other is
normal pressure, which can cause premature failure of the tire. If the tire has
had too low pressure for a long time, the tire should be changed immediately,
if it is below half of the intended pressure and the tire should be discarded. Most
of the cases when a truck or a bus needs to be attended to will be because of
tire problems and they are almost all attributed to low tire pressure causing
the tire pressure is something that there should be a lot of emphasis on,
especially before each new long haul commences. Preventive maintenance is
always cheaper than repairing and fixing things as you go when you run into
problems. Both bus tire and heavy truck tires needs to be attended to regularly to
both check the visual condition of the tires, the tread depth and the tire
pressure in order to drive safely. Some drivers are not keen to check the
pressure as it involves a bit of hassle doing it, but there is more hassle if
the vehicle breaks down.
worn tires as soon as they start getting close to the limit is advisable and
not trying to get the most out of the tires, as breakdowns are so expensive. It
is in most cases a cost saving to replace early versus risking a blow out while
en route, where there will be delays if you need to replace the tire.
To increase safety, it’s very important to invest in good snow tires but what if you have SUV? I originally thought that if you have an SUV, winter tires were not necessary. This is however not so; it is actually even more important than with a passenger car as the SUV is a much heavier vehicle. So even though the 4-wheel drive allows you to have more traction you can only profit from this if you have good quality tires installed. This is because it’s the tires that grip the road giving you traction. Now that its established that you need good quality winter tires there is also the decision to make whether to get studded or non-studded tires. When should you consider studded tires versus non-studded tires? It comes down to what kind of driving you will be doing and what kind of winter conditions you will be encountering.
Do you need studded
tires on a SUV or do traditional non studded tires suffice? It basically
depends on what kind of driving you will be doing, where you live and what kind
of weather conditions you will be encountering. Nothing can beat the grip and
traction, especially lateral traction, that a studded winter tire can give.
Basically, the studded tires like the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV uses high
quality studs that give exceptional grip and traction especially lateral
traction which helps you remain in control of your car even on black ice.
There is one big
drawback with the studded tires and that is noise and the increase in rolling
resistance. This is something that is becoming less of a problem as new
technologies like the Nokian “eco stud system” emerge. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta
8 SUV tires also have an especially formulated compound underneath the studs to
help reduce the noise. So, to summarize, deciding to buy studded or non-studded tires you need to consider where you live, what you
drive, and your comfort level driving on snow and ice.
Winter tires are usually made of rubber compounds that
remain flexible and soft even in very cold winter temperatures. So, whether you
decide upon studded or non-studded winter tires for your SUV it remains the
best choice in cold weather conditions. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV will
provide the best traction to tackle both snow and ice this winter to assure
your family’s safety.
Our family just purchased a beautiful ranch property in Montana I realize I needed to invest in some good quality winter tiresto insure my family’s safety while driving on snow and ice. It is especially important to have good grip on the road as Montana can experience quite high winds, which make the driving conditions in the winter even more challenging. I decided to invest in the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 for our family car. Having shopped around I found that these non-studded tires were just what we needed to safely handle driving on the icy and snowy roads of Montana in the winter.
The reason I
considered buying dedicated winter tires was because I did not want to make any
compromises with my families safety and lets face it dedicated winter tires are
important when you live in a place like Montana with quite harsh winters. The
winter tires are especially made with a rubber compound that grabs the surface
to improve your grip on ice. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 is able to handle
snow, slush and cold temperatures without any problems while having the lowest
tire noise and fuel consumption as compared with similar tires. The reason for
this astonishing grip is due to the “Cryo Crystals” technology of the tires.
Without getting to technical the rubber compound of the tires includes these
crystal-like particles that are as rough as diamonds thereby gripping the road
as studs, not bad for a non-studded tire and one of the main reasons I decided
not to purchase some studded-tires. This translates to better grip and the
possibility to stop quicker on the road even with slippery ice. This effective
grip will be maintained even as the tire wears down as these particles have
been spread evenly throughout the compound to add to the grip reserve.
I decided to
invest in dedicated winter tires as I felt with the Montana winters it was the
best choice however I realize that it’s not necessary for everyone to purchase
dedicated winter tires. There are many good quality all-weather tires and in
many parts of the country that might even have been the better option. However
having installed dedicated winter tires for the cold season it will maximize
the tread life of the summer, all-season or all-weather tires as they will not
then be used all year around.
When shopping around for tires that can be used all year around you need to be aware of the difference between the two tires that are currently on the market as all year around tires. The two options are all season tires and all-weather tires. You might think these are the same thing however only one of these tires can be used year around if you live in a part of the country experiencing winters with snow and ice. The all season tires are not really meant for temperatures below 7 degrees Fahrenheit so mostly good in three seasons unless you live somewhere not experiencing snow and ice.
Personally I live in Tahoe and decided to buy the Nokian WR G4
tires. Since Tahoe experiences the more classic seasons and gets its fair share
of snow in the winter. All-season tires can prove dangerous when
roads fill with snow and ice. The Nokian WR G4 tires are able to grip the
wintery roads while offering excellent handling on wet or dry summer roads. The
advantage of an all weather tire is of course the possibility to keep one set
of tires year around without the need to change and storing an extra set of
Since there are so many different tires on the market choosing the right all-weather
tires was not easy. I looked online and read a bunch of reviews and also
learned about the differences between all season and all weather tires. I
already decided I didn’t want to change tires for the different seasons and
since I felt comfortable that the all weather tires which comes marked with universal
three-peak mountain snowflake symbol would be able to handle the winters here
Apart from choosing an all-weather tire you need to also find a good quality
tire and here it is worth taking your time to read upon the different
technologies that the different manufacturers employ in their tires. You need
to make sure that the tires you are buying will keep you safe on the road when
you are driving. To find the ratings of the tires you can visit websites like
safecar.gov. You can find the rating of any tire on sites like this. The Internet
is a great place to start when researching tires. I know my research paid off
and I feel comfortable in my decision of having bought all weather tires.
When looking into whether to invest into all-season tires or all weather tires its important to understand the difference. All-season tires perform well as long as the temperature does not drop below 7 degrees Fahrenheit. So in an area with 4 seasons these tires are only good for three seasons and not “all” seasons like the name implies. All-weather tires on the other hand are designed with a more flexible rubber and are even marked with the universal three-peak mountain snowflake symbol, the same as on winter tires. This means that it is safe to use even in winter when cold conditions demand increased traction and control. Having said that it still not going to perform as well as a dedicated winter tires so recommended only for areas with mild winters.
I had was if I should invest in SUV
all-season tiresor SUV
all-weather tires. In general I think it depends on where you live and
since I live in San Francisco I didn’t feel the need to worry about the snow in
the winter so decided upon the all season tire more specifically the Nokian
eNtyre C/S. These tires have great performance with predictable handling on
wet, dry and snowy surfaces so even if they are maybe not ideal if you live in
an area with severe winters they will definitely suffice if I want to head up
to Tahoe for a day of skiing.
Francisco there are not really any real change between the seasons but we do
have some slick roads due to the heavy fog so the technology employed in these
tires to prevent hydroplaning will come in handy. It also employs some noise
reducing technologies such as the “Silent Groove Design” which uses
hemispherical indentations resembling the surface of a golf ball and thereby
cut our sound so now more howling tires. Furthermore this tire uses the “Silent
Sidewall Technology” to further reduce noise.
starting to read about the difference between all-weather and all-season tires
it became clear to me that the all season tires would work best for me. This is
because all season tires are excellent tires for year around use if you live in
an area without snow and ice. SUV all season tires like the Nokian eNtyre C/S was
specifically developed with 3 main technologies offering performance,
durability and comfort.