All excavators are not the same and the tasks that they are intended to perform are not always similar and might require different attachments and requirements. Some of the most common excavators equipment include Articulated Dump Truck, which is used to transport sand, gravel or what has been dug up away from the site, they are able to transport heavy loads over rough terrain and also on public roads. They need heavy tires that can handle the terrain that is present where they perform the work and be able to work regardless of weather conditions. They also have to be able to drive on ordinary public roads, so they need to be able to handle higher speeds. This needs to be taken into account into when you consider the wear profile of the tire.
you have Road Graders or Motor Grader, which it is often also referred as, which
is used to flatten surfaces and processing materials. They belong to the heavy
machinery arsenal and for them to grade accurately they depend heavily on the
traction of the tires. Good tires give you the ability to move on any surfaces
on the job site and still being able to move on public roads with speeds up to
50km/h and they can drive without special permits for width or weight which
make them very mobile. This does require good road grader tires to ensure that
you can live up to the required mobility of the equipment through any weather
or terrain, combined with minimum downtime.
also have the Backhoe loader, which is basically a tractor with a fitted shovel
bucket in the front and a backhoe on the back, this is a versatile equipment,
but they also require good backhoe loadertires that can handle multiple
surfaces and have good stability and control to perform the wide range of tasks
that it can undertake. They can be used to brake asphalt and for paving roads.
technical tire manual is the best to get a good overview of the different type
of excavator tires
and the use of each. What loads you can carry and what tire pressure you need
to have. It is always good to have this close by to ensure that each job has the
correct tires within the specifications of use, so that you can avoid any tire
One might think that the tires are quite insignificant, which of course is not the case. Regardless if you have a car or heavy equipment, the tires are crucial in giving the optimal performance from your vehicle. Heavy equipment of course require heavy tires, that can withstand the heavy loads.
on the tasks that the excavator is scheduled to perform, you might need
different tires. The advantage of an excavator that has tire
versus tracks is that you are a bit more flexible in terms of being able to
adapt better to the tasks at hand before the job starts. If your excavator has
tracks you are more limited, but you tend to have very good traction on most
surfaces, but tracks are not the best for hard surfaces and for tasks where you
have to drive long distances as part of the task. Maneuvering within small
spaces is also more limited. Tracks are though good for soft surfaces where it
is important not to leave any trace behind. So if you are doing some work in
somebody’s backyard and have to make sure to leave the lawn intact, then you
really need to use an excavator with tracks.
can adapt tires to the terrain and to the weather or the combination thereof.
If you have the wrong set of tires it can have a very negative impact, as you
might not have the grip needed to perform the tasks, and you will need to have
stability and control to lift and move objects. You also need the grip to ensure
that the excavator doesn’t move
unintentionally. Without perfect grip the excavator might not be able to
perform its tasks.
Excavator tires can be chosen based on weather, as there are tires that are optimized for snow and ice and some there are optimized for mud and rough terrain. There are also tires that are more all-round that can handle a bigger range of conditions. It tends to be worth to check the technical tire manual to assess which tire option fits best for your excavator and your intended load. The better quality of tires that you get for your excavator the less down time it will have, due to less risk of tire failures, which can be quite costly if you are in remote areas.
Selection of tires is not always easy as there are many requirements and factors involved in the decision. There will also most probably a lot of combinations of requirements that make the tire selection even more challenging.
Terrain: The terrain where you aim to work within and which which terrain you need to drive through to get there. Are you mainly on road or off-road or a combination thereof. Is the terrain soft or hard and does the imprint matter.
Weather: The weather conditions that is common in the area where you aim to work. Do you expect only dry and wet conditions or also snowy and icy conditions Muddy, slushy, snowy and slushy conditions create a lot of challenges for your tires and of course make the tire selection more difficult.
Load: Another important factor and it is probably worth checking the technical manual to assess which tire option fits your load requirements.
Travel distance: This is important as if you plan to drive on normal roads between each project, then you will need tires that can drive at high speeds.
Wear resistance: To ensure that your tires don’t break down and cause costly downtime and production losses, you will need to select tires that has world class tear resistance and durability. Long service time can be crucial in turning projects profitable.
In addition to the key requirements stated above, you would need to make sure that you have the grip you need in the terrain where you will work with the machine and use the tires in. A wrong choice can be costly. No matter if you need excavator tiresor other heavy equipment tires, you need to make sure you make an informed decision.
When you buy an excavator you will really need to list all the requirements before hand. Once you know the exact need of your excavator you can select the proper size and the one that can manage the various work that you will need to do. A key selector for excavators is if you want to have tires or tracks. This is a very important decisions to make and will determine a bit of what tasks you can do, how flexible you will be and can also determine the output and the return of your investment.
If you go for tracks you are very locked down to your choice, if you select tires, you can always change tires depending on the usage requirement, if they change between jobs. You can change for various surfaces if needed and for various weather conditions. You can also mount “over the tire” tracks to reduce skidding.
With tires your excavator is much faster and agile, it can move around in small areas and can if you have some distances to cover a wheeled excavator is much faster than a tracked one. So by selecting one with wheels you can generally increase the output of projects that require this type of movements.
For certain difficult terrain tracked excavators have better traction and have better weight distribution on soft surfaces. This can be important for the stability and balance of the excavator when lifting heavy objects. Also it reduces the impact on the ground, in case this needs to be minimized. Tracks can though often get through tougher terrain and soft terrains better. Also the tracks are not subject to damage by sharp objects, like stones and other debris.
Tracks are also better at getting up steeper slopes in terrain and can carry heavy loads up and down. However they move slowly, so it can be a bit tedious if the distances are long. For hard surfaces getting up and down slopes should not be a big issue for good tires.
The transportation between projects can be reduced, as the excavator with tires can drive on normal roads and do not have to be transported by another vehicle between jobs. This can save both time and money.
If you do go for excavator tires, then you need to make sure that your tire selection is correct and that is not always an easy task. There are a lot of tires to choose from and a lot of different brands. It goes without saying that you want to have a good tire with very good durability. Tire failures can be very costly and can easily delay certain projects. The tires will determine your stability and your grip on different terrains. Check the technical manual to get more information regarding your tire selection, to ensure that you get the right tires for the right speed and load. The tire pressure is also dependent on these factors.
When you have heavy industrial equipment, normal tires will never be enough. You will need expert tires that can handle the environment and heavy use that is required from them. You might have need to both on and off road use, heavy terrain, tough conditions, high speeds and heavy load. You definitely don’t want the tire to start cracking under heavy load because you have chosen the wrong tire. For best guidance of tire selection, refer to the technical manual.
manual will detail all different tires for all different type of vehicles. It
will also help you with all the different dimensions and what tire pressure
each tire should have. This will be a massive help when you assess the tire
that you will need for your machinery, regardless if you need excavator
tires or heavy truck tires.
A lot of the
development of tires goes into the design of the tread pattern to optimize it
for optimal pressure and wear as well as grip and handling. There are not many
tire manufacturers that have the capacity to deliver such a high performance
tire that can manage these pressures and rough conditions without breaking. It
tends to be so that the bigger the vehicle the bigger tires you will need, this
makes the overall cost for the equipment to be very high. High equipment costs
means that the utilization costs is high, so that any downtime is very costly.
Having downtime due to tire failure, be it cracks, rupture or you don’t have
sufficient grip will could a very costly mistake.
As with all tires, make sure that you keep
the tire pressure at the recommended level. Be advised that will lower
temperatures also the tire pressure will drop, so keep checking it on a regular
basis to make sure that you have even wear and that you get the properties from
the tire which it is intended to give you.
need to have a tire that is extremely puncture resistance and has a low heat
generation, which enables you to drive at high speeds. This is especially
important if you will need to move your machinery on a regular basis between
the different areas where it operates and you will use normal roads for
driving. The option is that the machinery is transported with another vehicle
which can be costly.