OTR Tires Are Tough on the Ground

Construction and mining are industries that have special needs in terms of people and equipment. This is dirty business that does pay dividends, but if it’s not done right, you’re not going to see the profits.

The working environment for mining and construction work is typically extremely harsh, and front-end loaders must be able to cope in these rugged conditions. This means that heavy-duty mining tires, and those used for front loaders, must have very good traction provided by the tread of the tire. Since the tread undergoes severe strain when it rides over uneven, often rocky ground, pit-like grooves can form, particularly in front tires. For this reason, off-the-road (OTR) tires should have cut-resistant sidewalls, and an overall design that will provide a long life and will be reliable.

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It’s not enough for OTR tires to be tough on the ground. Additionally, owners and operators must be sure to maintain the OTR tires they use for mining and front loaders. Tire pressure must always be maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and they should be regularly assessed for wear and tear and for damage. Most reputable OTR tire manufacturers provide on-site programs that assist customers in terms of tire maintenance. They will also provide tire liability insurance as well as tire warranties.

The Importance of Maintaining OTR Tires

Monitoring the tread of tires is essential for all tires, but vital for mining tires and those used on front loaders in the construction industry. The reasons are threefold:

  1. The safety of operators depends on the reliability of the tires used on the heavy equipment they drive. The environment they work in can easily result in a blowout if tires aren’t properly maintained, and blowouts can cause nasty accidents.
  2. In the event of a blowout, or even just front loaders being pulled out of action because of worn tires, there will be unnecessary downtime, which in turn can impact on profitability.
  3. If OTR construction and mining tires are not properly maintained, and they wear unevenly, this will shorten the life of tires, which also has financial implications. Even tire pressure that is too high can have an effect as the center of the tire tread will has to bear most of the weight of the front loaders and other equipment used.

Tread depth is critical to the performance of tires, especially OTR tires that are tough on the ground. Camber and inclination angles can be adjusted, but when the depth of tread is reduced to 0.16 cm (3/50th in) it is vital to replace the tire. Often operators of front loaders will be alerted that tires need to be replaced because traction is reduced.

But it’s not just the tread that should be checked. It is also essential to check the general condition of OTR tires frequently, especially mining tires and those on front loaders. Punctures are usually obvious, but cuts and cracks can often be overlooked until the damage is so great the tire has to be replaced, or there is a blowout.

Routine pressure testing is essential, and tires must be adjusted regularly. Partial wear, where grooves and pits start to form, is more common in front tires, but can happen in rear tires as well. While this kind of damage might be caused by rough terrain, it might also be caused by undue wear of parts in steering and suspension systems. So regular servicing of all vehicles and equipment is also extremely important.

Xtreme OTR Tire Company (XOTC) tires are especially tough, having been manufactured to the most stringent quality standards. We recommend our Coach Master LOAD USA and OTR tires for mining and construction. These are well priced, and XOTC provides tire liability insurance and a limited tire warranty for your peace of mind. Contact us for more information and pricing details.