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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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Preventative maintenance, Tyre Retreading

A comprehensive guide to Tyre Retreading Types, Process, Pros and Cons explained!

The roles of tyres is pretty obvious—to provide a firm grip, maintains connection between the road and vehicle; and most importantly to prevent the vehicle from “slipping” and causing accidents.

Of course, brand new tyres perform more efficiently without any hitches though as the tyre and vehicle become hoary, the level of efficiency decreases due to wear and tear. 

The friction between the tyre and road causes the tyres’ components known as threads to wear out hence leading to loss in grip upon the road. Thankfully, with tyre retreading, you don’t have to dig deeper in your pockets each time these threads fray.  

This comprehensive guide by 3G Tyres therefore takes you through the entire process of tyre treading and hopefully at the end of it, you’ll be well-informed to decide whether to retread or buy new tyres. 

Over the years, the tyre manufacturing industry has greatly invested in state-of-the-art technologies which help to deliver high standard tyres that perform exceptionally not only during their ‘first life’ but also in their second and third stages of life.   

In the same way, tyre retreading is growing in great leaps as more powerful tyre casings, high quality rubber compounds and improved re-manufacturing approaches are employed to produce flawless products that are as good as new. 

The Tyre Retread Process

The process of tyre retreading features two main techniques: pre-cure and mold cure. The mold curing technique also has two processes which begin with:

Assessment of the damaged tyre to ensure it’s in a usable condition. 

Ideally, tyres whose tread or cords are totally worn out cannot pass on to the next stage. The inspection process involves identifying the embedded fragments and invisible damage before buffing it to remove the remaining tread. Tyres whose casings are still in good condition can be taken through the tyre retread process severally. 

During inspection, 3G Tyres go through an additional test known as Laser Digital Shearography where the laser scans the whole tyre as the mechanic tries to check for any damages at the most intricate spots. This determines whether retreading is possible or not.

Tire buffing

This is the second phase after inspection and selection of tyres to be retreaded. Here, certain portions of the tyre are cut or taken out to remove unwanted elements and enhance the flexibility of the tread.

This way, the mechanic removes any block of tread that may have formed on the tyres which provide a coating over the part between the rubber and the tread’s grooves. This process is executed by computerized machines operated by our highly professional mechanics. 

Repairing 

This phase involves establishing the real cause of damage to the tyres and repairing the damage once and for all. Nothing is left to chance and even the small holes in the tyres are identified through a process that allows high voltage electricity to pass through the tyre. This enables the tyre to regain its vigor. 

Developing 

Here, materials are put into the casing via computerized equipments to enhance the tyre’s natural properties. 

Computers are used in this process so as to avoid possible errors caused to the system and to ultimately enhance the efficiency of the tyre. With advanced technology, computers have become highly accurate and are quickly replacing the cumbersome error-prone manual tasks day by day. 

Curing 

At this phase, the tyre is subjected to heat before the level of the tyre is once again checked. This process helps to determine the quality of the rubber used and confirm whether or not it’s vulnerable. 

Final inspection 

This is the final step that involves finding out if the tyre is set to hit the road. This step features several inspections carried out to ensure the tyre has no imperfections whatsoever. Here, the tyre is taken through two tests i.e. the tactile and visual inspection and inflation tests. After all these tests are completed, the tyre is taken through a Shearography which removes any traces of errors that could be identified.

Pros of Tire Retreading

Cost effective

Ask any owner of a fleet and they will tell you maintaining a fleet of vehicles can cost you an arm and a leg before finally hammering your bottom line. Thankfully, tyre retreading comes in handy to save money as retreaded tyres cost significantly less than the brand new ones yet they perform the same or even better than new tyres. 

Ecological Friendly

The process of retreading tyres is easier on the environment compared to that of dumping old tyres in landfills. Hence when it comes to environmental conservation, the benefits of retreading are numerous including ability to reduce harmful carbon gases released into the atmosphere. 

Variety of Designs

With hi-tech technology, retreaded tyres come in various designs and hence you can get a customized design that fulfills your desires.

Cons of Tyre Retreading 

The entire process of retreading must be done by highly skilled professionals that strictly adhere to set standards otherwise any laxity and improper inspection may ultimately compromise the driver’s safety.

Generally, retreaded tyres are technically reused tyres and hence may not be relied upon again and again, and besides poorly retreaded tyres may cause tramlining. 

Finally, tyre retreading is certainly a process that breathes a new lease of life into your old and weary tyres. And with this guide, will you  retread or buy? Share your thoughts with 3G Tyres at

 

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