During the winter, some equipment can stand still in your lot for several months.
Tires are an important investment in many types of equipment, so it is essential to take proper care of them. In addition, a good tire maintenance program means a higher level of safety and better performance. Tire manufacturer BKT shared some tips.
- Increase tire pressure while machines are not in operation. This lets you avoid flat-spotting, i.e. tire going flat when not in use, causing the annoying phenomenon of bouncing on restarting.
- Check the tire pressure before the season starts and setting the correct pressure, according to the value indicated by the tire manufacturer. The outside temperature affects the pressure, and it is therefore essential to check it periodically.
- For trailers and heavy machinery, it is important to perform the rotation (or switching) of the tires on the axles. Tires mounted on the central axle are generally the ones most affected by wear and tear.
When activities are fully up and running, these practical measures can also really make a difference:
- Daily checking the tire pressure. Perform the operation with a calibrated pressure gauge or install, when possible, tire pressure monitoring systems for continuous control. The outside temperature can affect the tire pressure and should therefore be checked regularly.
- Selecting tires suitable for the flow, speed and working conditions for the intended activity.
- Before starting the work, checking for debris trapped in the tread and remove it. This allows you to avoid possible lacerations or punctures. In general, it is important to always visually check the state of the tire, especially with regard to uneven wear and tear, cuts and cracks, and possible bulges.
- Monitoring and tracking tire performance. Some companies calculate the hourly cost by recording the hours of engine operation. Others track the same cost by tracking mileage and calculating the cost per mile. Regardless of the method used, it is important to constantly monitor the conditions in which the tires operate, their performance and note any change that may occur.
- Following the tire speed ratings to avoid problems and prevent road hazards.
These “small” measures save time and costs caused by unnecessary delays and let you solve problems before they even occur. All these operations lead to more efficient and productive work.