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Retread tyres or new tyres? Which one should you prefer?

So, retreaded tyres or new tyres? Well, this is an age-old question in the trucking industry and we love sharing our thoughts.

Of course, at 3G Tyres we are used to the die-hard answers: “I want the retreads” and “Never put retreaded tyres on my truck”. So yeah, we know you all!

Those who claim they don’t want a retread on their truck have their reasons, and they say retreaded tyres are nothing but trouble and go on to give examples of truck drivers stranded on the side of the road waiting for a mechanic to come and put a new retread on the truck. In case of blowouts, a truck gets damaged if the retread gets ripped apart when the truck is moving at highway speeds.

On the other hand, those advocating for retreads say they face the same problems with new tyres as they do with retreads and so why not retread and get better value for it?

Well, we’ll tell you what, your budget for new rubber and ability to handle occasional blowouts play a great role in informing your decision on how to keep spinning down the road.

Today, majority of drivers are attracted to retreaded tyres simply because they are cheaper or more ecologically friendly drives. But, are retreads worth every penny as a new tyre? Let’s delve deeper and see what each type of tyre has to offer.

But first, let me explain what a retreaded tyre is for those who may not have a clue.

What are retreaded tyres?

Basically, a retread refers to a used tyre that has been re-manufactured in order to extend its life. Usually, the old worn treads (grooves) which wear out as we drive are removed and replaced with new treads attached to the tyres through a specialized process involving cold and hot curing.

Also referred to as regrooved tyres, retreads use the tyre carcass of your current tyre and turn it into a new tyre construction. Ideally, this is an addition of a new tread to the worn-out groove of an older tyre. However, not all tyres can be regrooved.

Owing to their safety and cost-effectiveness, retreads are widely used in the global trucking industry to save on the high cost of replacing truck tyres with brand new ones.

So, why do many people and businesses consider retreaded tyres over new ones? Primarily, retreads are cheaper and are becoming popular in heavy vehicles and commercial flights because of their ability to dramatically extend the tyre life for much less while delivering the best performance as that of new tyres.

Imagine operating several 18-wheel trucks moving for long distances. The cost of replacing their tyres every time really doesn’t add up. A normal trailer can operate for more than half a million kilometers on retreaded tyres and still arrive safe and on time.

Still, various operators consider retreads for the non-drive, non steer axles since tyres on those axles are exposed to more strain.

In addition, retreads are more environmentally friendly as it’s another way of recycling a tyre several times. A brand new truck tyre weighs about 75kg. Instead of using 70kg of raw material to produce another tyre, why not use just 20kg for a retread that will save hundreds of millions of litres of oil each year and significantly reduce the need to consume more natural resources from the environment?

Buying brand new tyres with retreads in mind

As mentioned earlier, not every tyre is good for retreading. For excellent results, particularly when considering a van or personal car tyres, you can go for premium tyres.

For the best possible results, choose brands from manufacturers that deliver their own retreading services. Some of the reputable brands that have been retreading tyres for over a decade include 3G Tyres which will ensure you get your tyre of choice with a guarantee of longevity and quality through a tried and tested retreading process

Preventative maintenance

How a proper preventive maintenance plan can keep your commercial trucking fleet proactive?

You must have heard the saying that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and this can’t be truer when it comes to commercial fleet maintenance.

Today, having a preventative maintenance plan for your commercial fleets is definitely a smart way for fleet owners or managers to save thousands of dollars and become proactive in their repair and maintenance needs.

For improved safety, cost control and long-term asset reliability, effective management and implementation of sustainable preventive maintenance programs is paramount.

Fleet maintenance is crucial in minimising the potential of facing unexpected issues that would lead to repair and breakdown expenses that could cost you an arm and a leg, literally!

In addition, keeping up with the best practices for preventive maintenance will help ensure your vehicles remain operational and improved productivity when breakdowns are infrequent.

So, what exactly does a Preventative Maintenance plan involve?

There are two ways in which fleet owners or manager can tackle their repair and maintenance needs: proactive and reactive.

Preventive maintenance has increasingly become proactive and hence predictive. Proactive plans mean sticking to your schedule of routine maintenance regardless of whether or not your commercial trucking fleet has repair needs.

On the other hand, reactive maintenance only takes place when a truck breaks down or becomes malfunctioned, compelling you to take it in for unplanned repairs.

In most cases, reactive maintenance plans are costly, slapping managers in the face with high repair expenses alongside lost productivity owing to the unnecessary breakdowns.

However, with a proper proactive preventative maintenance plan, fleet owners and or managers can detect repair needs early before they happen, enabling them to plan better for future costs and keep their commercial trucks on the road for longer.

Generally, proactive preventive maintenance consists of inspections, scheduled servicing and repairs to safeguard against possible problems and optimise vehicle availability.  It’s usually based on mileage, time, engine hours and quantity of fuel consumed.

As opposed to proactive maintenance, reactive maintenance mostly tends to be as a result of breakdowns. These are often costly to fix, detrimental to your overall fleet operational budgets and arising as a lack of preventive maintenance plan.

Why Should You be Concerned with Proper Preventive Maintenance?

Safety

Vehicles prone to countless breakdowns that demand costly repairs make the vehicle unsafe for both the drivers and other road users. It’s not uncommon to see many commercial trucks that have caused fatal accidents had mechanical problems while moving down a lane. That’s why preventive maintenance is necessary to inspect, lubricate, adjust, clean, test, repair and or replace worn parts including tyres.

Extended Vehicle Lifespan

When preventative management services are performed as scheduled, the lifespan of your commercial trucking fleet is greatly increased. Proper maintenance keeps the vehicle in service for longer.

Prevents Litigation Due to Negligence

Preventive maintenance forms a vital part of the driver safety program. Did you know, if a vehicle is in bad shape as a result of failure to repair or maintain it, the fleet owner is held liable for negligence? Well, now you know.

By definition, liability is premised upon giving a dangerous tool or instrument to your employee and this includes a vehicle, while in full knowledge or having sufficient reason to know that the use of the vehicle poses unreasonable risk or harm to other persons. In other words, the vehicle should be safe to operate and in case the brakes fail and the vehicle causes serious fatalities, the vehicle is impounded and investigation launched by relevant authorities.

If the investigation concludes that bad brakes or other mechanical malfunction of the vehicle contributed to the accident, the authorities can obtain a court order to access the vehicle’s maintenance records. In the event that you failed to practice preventive maintenance, you may face prosecution for an act of negligence.

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Save Costs, Tyre Retreading

Discover the importance of truck tyre retreading to maximize the casing value

I don’t mind what your position is when it comes to retreading, but then, you’ll be interested to know that a casing is the most terrible thing you can ever waste given that about 75% of the price of your tyres goes into it.

If you keep a keen eye on casing value, you’ll realise that casings sold on the market fetch only a fraction of their true worth. Averagely, you could make R900 to R1200 on a good casing in any tight market, yet retreading the same casing can fetch you a new tyre plus hundreds of thousands of miles of life to it—besides being retread-able several times in future.

So, realistically, where does the real casing value lie? Keep reading to learn more.

Properly retreaded tyres can extend the casing lifespan by two, three or even four times; substantially reducing the tyre’s lifecycle costs in the long run.

But first let’s keep in mind that producing high-quality casing underpins a successful retreading program. While the initial casing investment in new tyres with durable casings can stretch budget boundaries, the increased savings from better truck tyre retreading process will far-outweigh the cost of your investment, maximizing the value of the worn down truck tyres.

Casings from reputable manufacturers like 3G Tyres are designed to be highly retreadable and repairable, lasting longer and more than one life, especially when properly maintenance. In essence, a good tyre management program will deliver the lowest overall running cost.

Safeguarding the value of your casing is crucial and so whether you choose to retread or turn tyres in for credit after they are worn out, one thing is for sure, there’s a very thin line between saving money and wasting it.

Of course, the costs of retreading a tyre vary based on the type of the retread, but with a good choice of a retreader, the quality of the casing can be as excellent as that of a new tyre at a price that is about half that of a new tyre.

Tyre Retreading Worth Your Investment

When it comes to truck tyres’ fleet operation budgets, tyre repair and maintenance take the biggest share. However, tyre retreading programs are emerging as some of the most effective ways for fleet managers to cut the overall costs of their commercial fleets.

Driving with worn out tyres is extremely dangerous and hence investing more in your fleet tyres can save you thousands of dollars along the way on premature blowouts and unnecessary downtimes.

It hardly needs to be said, a retreaded tyre is just as strong as its original casing. When ready to embark on a truck tyre retreading program for your commercial truck tyres, purchase new tyres from brands whose casings make good candidates for the previous retreading process.

This ensures retreaded tyres are safer, stronger and more reliable.

When a sturdy initial casing undergoes advanced belt processes, tight uniform bead bundling and tougher rubber compounds, the retreading cycles for your fleet’s tyres will definitely increase.

 So, what does a proper casing maintenance for Truck Tyre Retreading entail?

Besides investing in a great set of commercial truck tyres, fleets should keep up with a good tyre maintenance program. It goes without saying that tyre pressure and tyre inflation must be monitored before, during and immediately after travel.

Fleet managers as well as truck drivers should regularly inspect the following to ensure the casings remain in perfect conditions for the eventual tyre retreading process:

  • Ensure all your casings have same wear patterns
  • Confirm tyre tread depth to detect any imbalances in wear and tear
  • Inspect tyres for physical damage including tears, holes or punctures
  • Keep tyre pressure and inflation at required levels

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