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Choose the Right OTR Tires for the Job
Every job site is unique. Uneven, rough, muddy, sloped — the list goes on. So you need off-the-road (OTR) tires that are versatile and long-lasting. With the help of GCR, you can find the right industrial tire for the job.
Off-the-road tires are built to carry a massive amount of weight and drive through difficult conditions. Used in the construction, mining, aggregate, port, road and bridge industries, these tires are the foundation for some of the world’s most powerful equipment.
Why You Need the Right OTR Tire
Job site safety is one of the most important reasons for choosing the right OTR Tire. If your heavy machinery tires aren’t built for the job ahead, the chances of a blowout or accident increase, sometimes resulting in injuries and property damages. Plus, the wrong tire could lead to additional costs for early tire replacement or major repairs. Combine those costs with the profit losses from downtime and a single tire could have huge consequences for your bottom line.
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Finding the Right Industrial Tires
The versatile tires at GCR will overcome the challenges, and more importantly, the surprises, of any site. We know that the right tire can determine just how well your equipment does its job. And with technology improving every day, you have more off-the-road tire options than ever before. Our OTR Tire Selector can help you find the tire you need. Begin by considering the following questions:
- How much load will it carry? OTR tires come with load capacity that's indicated by the ply rating (for bias tires) or the star rating (for radial tires).
- How fast and far will the tire travel? To prevent tires from over-heating under heavy loads, tire ton kilometer per hour (TKPH) is calculated to determine the amount of work that will keep the tire in a safe range under given conditions.
- What is the surface condition of the job site? The terrain will not only determine the tread patterns or depths, but also what compounds are needed for tire construction.
- What kind of equipment are you using? Each type of machinery comes with its own set of applications and uses. Use the information below to determine what tire characteristics are most important for your job.
Types of OTR Tires
Each piece of mining, forestry or construction equipment comes with unique tire needs. And most manufacturers develop tires for specific applications and terrains. The OTR tire experts at GCR can help find the right tire for your machine.
The versatility of the backhoe means you could be digging a trench in soft soil, transporting materials over rocks and gravel or breaking up asphalt along the highway. The application will determine what's most important in your tire selection. For jobs on soft soil and mud, you'll prioritize stability and superior traction. If you're working in rocks and gravel on a construction site, focus on durability and cut-resistance. And if your machine will be traveling long distances on the highway, look for tires with wear-resistance.
The loader is your go-to machine for moving and loading materials such as debris, dirt, rocks, snow, gravel or logs, while bulldozers use a large blade to push or shove these same materials from one place to another. Because they are used in a variety of constantly changing conditions, bulldozer and loader tires must be wide with high traction to help distribute the weight of the machine and prevent it from becoming stuck in soft or rocky ground. It's also important for loader and dozer tires to be durable, made with cut-resistant compounds to withstand the most unpredictable terrains.
If you are using your equipment for longer distances of load-and-carry operations, you may encounter heat problems, especially on the front axle tires. Know your job requirements and carefully study the TKPH limits for your loader tires.
Chosen for their versatility and maneuverability, skid steer loaders can help with digging, demolition, loading, hauling and more. However, their versatility means more factors to consider when purchasing new tires. Pay attention to tread depth and design. The right tread can provide flotation on softer surfaces, slip resistance on inclines or longer wear over rough terrain.
Your skid loader tires might also need protection from cuts and punctures. Look for tires made with premium compounds and heavy-duty sidewalls for superior puncture resistance. Stronger sidewalls can also provide greater stability as skid steer loaders maneuver uneven conditions on the job site.
Dump trucks transport loose material like sand, gravel or dirt, usually to clear and prepare a site for construction. Because their primary task is to haul heavy loads over long distances, heat buildup in the tires is a major concern. When selecting the right tire, it's critical to determine the amount of work that will keep the tire within a safe range and avoid over-heating, also known as the operating TKPH.
Moving materials long distances also means that the best dump truck tires are slow to wear and have the shock-burst resistance to handle constant weight fluctuations.
Whether you need to dig a hole, level the ground or remove dirt, GCR has earthmover tires for graders, scrapers, excavators and more. Features for these construction equipment tires range from self-cleaning treads for slip resistance to flotation and traction for soft or muddy terrain
Introducing Firestone VersaBuilt
If you're looking for an industrial tire that's built for hard work, GCR brings you Firestone VersaBuilt tires with versatility and dependability for your toughest off-road jobs. Steel casings and SideArmor™ sidewalls protect these OTR Tires from cuts and punctures through even the toughest terrain. A self-cleaning tread design provides added traction while the tough tread compound promotes wear resistance. Plus, VersaBuilt tires are backed by a five-year warranty so you have the support you need to get the job done.
OTR Tire Safety
OTR tires work hard for you every day, so it’s important to take care of your industrial tires and rims. Along with best-in-class products, GCR offers a variety of on-site OTR services, such as inspections, repairs and replacements to keep your mining or construction tires going strong no matter what you throw at them.
In addition to a tire preventative maintenance program, it's important that all OTR tires and rims be inspected before every shift. These tire inspections can improve safety, increase productivity and reduce downtime. Here is a list of areas to inspect:
- Tread & Shoulder: Look for irregular wear, flat spots, deep cuts, embedded rocks, bulges or separations from the belt to improve overall efficiency.
- Sidewall: Make sure there are no oil leaks, growing cuts, damaged rock ejectors or foreign objects between the duals that would cause rubbe degradation.
- Inflation: Know your site-specific inflation recommendations so you don’t experience uneven wear, ply or belt separation, loose or broken cords, loss of traction or increased “hard ride.”
- Beads: Watch for cracks, splits, leaks or breaks, bulges or separation, or the sight or scent of burned rubber.
- Valves: Don’t rely on hand tightening, be on the lookout for a leaking valve core, and replace any missing valve caps
- Wheel & Rim: Catch stress cracks, damage to the flange, missing or broken lug nuts and studs, or broken welds and liquid leaks that might cause rust and corrosion.
- Other Tips: Go the extra mile for you tires by washing or wiping off any fuel, oil or grease and performing air pressure checks daily. You can also do a rubbing of the recommended hot and cold air pressures on the sides of the tire so that you have them for your records — even when the tire gets dirty or worn.
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