In order to run efficiently and remain durable and powerful machines, large construction equipment needs routine maintenance. In fact, without maintenance, heavy equipment may break down, delaying the construction project and leaving you with nothing a massive headache.
Tires are a critical component of any piece of large equipment. Tire maintenance and management programs are a must, even for small contractors. Not only are the tires vital to the wheeled equipment’s performance, but they can be costly to replace.
That said, do you know how to maintain your wheeled heavy equipment’s tires? If you don’t, keep on reading for some heavy equipment tire repair tips!
You should never mix tires, especially across the axle. When you mix tires, there’s a chance that the tread depths, patterns, and height won’t be the same. All these factors must be the same to ensure the weight of the vehicle is spread evenly. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging the heavy machinery’s internal components.
All drivers should have pressure gauges to check the wheel for pressure before using the vehicle. This is so that any signs of underinflation can be addressed before significant issues occur. For example, if a tire is 10% underinflated, the wheel’s treads will experience much more wear and tear than usual. If it is at 20% or higher, it can lead to a catastrophic failure. In fact, if a tire was already 20% underinflated when used, the tire should be replaced immediately to avoid serious accidents.
The dirtier the wheels of a heavy machine are, the likelier the rubbers will deteriorate faster and age quicker. Plus, debris stuck on the wheel can lead to punctures, forcing the vehicle to a standstill until the wheel is repaired and replaced. For these reasons, keep the tires as clean as possible. Wash them with soap and water often and ensure that the wheels are as clean as they can be before using or parking them.
When not in use, the tires should be stored away properly. This means they should be cleaned thoroughly and stored in a cool, dry place that is well away from sunlight. Proper storage prevents the premature aging of rubber. Also, when storing them, be sure that the tires are stacked on their treads, not sidewalls to keep them from getting distorted.
Apart from the steps noted above, there are a few other heavy equipment tire repair tasks you can carry out. For example, you should be inspecting the wheel for any issues before using them, and if you run into any trouble, consult the owner’s manual.
In applying these tips to your wheeled heavy machinery, you can be sure your tires are in good working order. Operators can utilize machines to their maximum potential, maintaining productivity and safety when completing a construction project.
Groff Tractor is Pennsylvania’s premier multi-OEM heavy new and used construction equipment solutions provider and authorized dealer, offering a wide range of reliable heavy machines for any construction needs. If you are looking for equipment maintenance services, work with us today!
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