Heavy equipment such as earthmovers have specified tyre requirements to ensure better handling and steering. Factors such as speed ratings and air pressure requirements are crucial to the tyre’s performance. This is especially true for heavy equipment, as poor tyres could lead to poor steering, which can have potentially catastrophic and even deadly consequences.
Tyre ratings include the load capacity, the speed rating and its recommended pressure. You should also take into account the tread depth — heavy earthmoving equipment typically requires greater tread depths than other types of vehicle. You can see examples of these types of treads at tuffstuffaustralia.com.au, a tyre manufacturer specialising in meeting the needs of industrial vehicles and equipment.
Matching the Tyres to the Right Surface
The first thing you should take into account is the type of surface that you will be working with. While it is tempting to get very deep treads at all times, hard surfaces such as rock and cement could only damage the treading and wear it down.
On the other hand, shallow treading in soft mud or sand will increase the risk of slipping and losing control of the equipment or vehicle.
You need to determine the exact recommended tread depth for the primary surface that you will be working on. The Australian government considered tyres with shallow tread depths to be completely unroadworthy.
Working Capacity of Your Tyres
Another thing that you should take into account is the TKPH of the tyre or Tonne Kilometres per Hour. It refers to the working capacity of the tyres. Different types of materials, treads and sizes can have a different TKPH.
The TKPH is determined by the load capacity of the tyre, the number of kilometres it is permitted to travel by hour, and its overall size. It should be measured using the standardised ambient temperature of at least 38 degrees Celsius.
Each type of earthmover has different tyre requirements. Consult with the manufacturer of the tyres and the earthmoving equipment to find out what is right for your vehicle.