Choosing the Right Earth Mover OTR Tires

Earth moving equipment is specialized and expensive, and it requires good quality off-the-road (OTR) tires to ensure the lowest possible operating costs and highest possible uptime.

While all OTR tires need to be tough, they are certainly not all the same.

earth-mover-tires-xotrSince they are used in numerous environments for a lot of different industries, it is vital that the OTR tires you have fitted meet the needs of the task, whether its earth moving, construction, road works, forestry, mining or handling goods in a port. At the same time, while the requirements of specific OTR tires vary according to industry applications, there are some common prerequisites to take into consideration, including durability, reliability, stability, robustness and traction.

Additionally, you need to consider tire size, including the overall dimensions, as well as the structure of the casing, tread depth, pattern and wear capabilities. Bead shape, load and speed capacities, cut puncture and rolling resistance, as well as flotation and sidewall protectors are also important.

Generic Types of OTR Tires for an Earth Mover

The two basic types of tire are bias and radial. Both types are available for OTR earth moving equipment, although radial tires are generally more popular.

Bias tires are made from overlapping rubber plies that are designed to create a layer that is thick and inflexible. They can carry heavier loads than radial tires – which can be useful moving earth – but they can be less stable, particularly around corners. Also higher friction tends to result in faster wear as well as higher fuel consumption.

Radial tires are based on a newer concept and made so that the tread and sidewall are not solid, but rather work independently of each other. Originally developed by Michelin, they have better traction and a longer life. There is considerably less potential damage from the ground because of greater shock absorption, and this translates to lower maintenance for earth moving equipment. Operator comfort is better, and productivity is greater with less fuel consumption than when bias tires are used.

Different OTR Tire Brands

Many owners and earth mover operators will continue to use whatever brand of OTR tire came with the machine. But this isn’t a necessity. There are a number of brands on the market from various major manufacturers based in different parts of the world. Xtreme OTR Tire supplies both new tires and retreads worldwide.

If you aren’t sure which OTR Earth Mover tires to choose for your equipment, it’s advisable to get advice from the experts. We are just a call away or can be contacted online.