The tire selection is essential for most heavy equipment and can clearly be the differentiator between profitable contracting versus a low margin job. The wrong tire selection can slow down the work, causing delays and possibly leading to penalties. Selecting wheel loader tires that are durable and won’t cut or crack under the load is essential, as unscheduled downtime will for sure contribute to delayed projects.
You often want self-cleaning tires, which have tapered tire treads, so that the tread is free from material that can impact the traction, this is often essential when working in wet and muddy conditions. High quality tires tend to have lower rolling resistance, which lowers the fuel consumption. Grip and control tends to be of utter importance when selecting a tire for your loader, so check the technical tire manual to ensure that you make the best possible selection for your loader and for the conditions that you will be working in. Weather and working surfaces are key components for tire selection, where a wrong selection can slow you down. Do you need a very durable tire, with good cut and crack properties and reinforced sidewalls, or a tire that can perform in harsh weather? You will need to make the correct selection.
If you need tires that can perform regardless of weather or tires that can work in heavy winter conditions, then the best choice is probably the Nokian Hakkapeliitta Loader, which is designed for having traction in ice and snow. This is the perfect tire if you have contract work in places that are always open around the clock and need to be able to efficiently clear pathways or roads, of still being able to deliver loader work in these conditions. The tire is self-cleaning with open block design and the tires can be studded in pre-marked positions. It has a compound with more rubber in the tread to ensure good grip, stability and long lifetime. This is definitely the tire if you face heavy winter weather and you need to keep your operations up and running.
Daily cleaning of the tires at the end of the shift, visual inspection to check for cuts and cracks and ensuring that the tire pressure is correct are two easy to do maintenance steps, that can save you money in the long run as you are more likely to avoid unscheduled downtime.