Make sure that the tires have the correct inflation pressure

Tire pressure is important for heavy equipment. The equipment have constantly increased in weight the last decades and you need to make sure that you select tires that can handle the extra machine weight and the increased carrying loads. Too high tire pressure can lead to tire explosion and too low can damage the sidewall of the tires. Too low pressure will also increase the heat build up in the tire, which increases the wear. There is a rule of thumb that being 10% under the recommended pressure you reduce the lifetime with 10%. This can cost your business a lot of money just because that the tire pressure isn’t checked.

For trucks and bus tires, the wear can become substantial and low tire pressure also leads to increased rolling resistance that increases the fuel consumption, so add costs both in terms of tire replacements and fuel cost increases. For some of the heavy equipment tires the wear and fuel efficiency can become a burden. Loader tires, excavator tires or mining tires alike, they all depend on good tire maintenance and that the tire pressure is checked.

Checking the tire pressure should be done regularly and for big equipment, it should be easy to do. On big truck rigs, due to the amount of tires and the fact that they have dual tires, it will take more time and is often overlooked by drivers. You can opt for a central inflation system, where the system can monitor and inflate tires that are low on pressure. The system will add weight to your truck, which increases tire wear, but you should be able to save costs in maintenance and ensuring that you have the correct tire pressure.

The beauty is that it can fill all the tires, even the dual tires to ensure that they carry the same load and one tire isn’t left to carry an increased load. Fuel cost savings should come from obtaining the lowest rolling resistance for the truck, despite the higher weight due to the system.  Trying it on a few of your trucks or even for heavy equipment can quickly give you a comparison versus your other vehicle. For heavy equipment you can constantly change the pressure depending on the surface to even achieve better grip.

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