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When It Comes To Retreads—Cheap Is Not Expensive

I bet by now you know that retreaded tyres cost half as much as new tyres meaning they are worth your every penny. 

Well, there’s no denying it—most people love buying new things including tyres. But then, one of the debates in the commercial trucking industry that has refused to go away is whether to buy new or retreaded tyres when replacing tyres.

While both do offer fleet managers their own bunch of benefits, one thing is for sure, retreads are cheaper than standard tyres yet they perform as good as new tyres, ultimately saving you a lot on repair and maintenance budgets. 

As a matter of fact, the cost of purchasing tyres constitutes about 4 per cent of the total operating cost of a fleet. And the condition of tyres determines the fuel consumption ability of the vehicle which usually takes nearly a quarter of the overall cost. 

Today, major leading tyre manufacturing companies are integrating certified retreading programs in their products and services. And this explains just why retreads are becoming cheaper than new ones as they also take about three times less oil to produce than a new one. 

It’s no wonder an increasing number of trailer and truck owners choose to buy cheaper tyres after their regeneration. 

During manufacture, retreaded tyres utilize original casing with fresh tread rubber. The tyre retreading process also involves quality standards as those used in manufacture of new tyres in terms of safety, durability and tread-depth but since the casing is re-used, they become less expensive than brand new tyres.  

Ultimately, the option to retread your tyres can save you a considerable sum of your operations cost thereby boosting your bottom line. 

Considering that retreaded tyres repurpose parts from old tyres, they are more ecologically friendly than their brand new counterparts. This enables fleet managers to play their part of saving the environment in a sector that is often accused of greatly contributing to the overall carbon footprint. 

3G Tyres Commercial Truck Tyre Retreading Services

Since its inception 12 years ago, 3G Tyres has grown to become one of the leading truck tyre retreading companies in South Africa. Today, the company is listed as one of the premier commercial tyre specialists, saving millions of litres of oil, overall maintenance costs of fleet companies and the environment at large. 

3G Tyres is well established and offers fleet managers a wide range of truck tyre retreading services including the supply, servicing and repair of retreaded tyres. 

Featuring a highly advanced manufacturing process, retreaded tyres provide the highest level of performance and safety on the road. This has been confirmed by major tyre manufacturing companies that retreads are no different from new ones. 

Why choose 3G Tyres?

  • High-grade products 
  • Timely and efficient service 
  • Affordable rates
  • Long-lasting tyres

If you are in South Africa and looking for reliable and long-lasting retreated truck tyres, contact our team now to discuss your tyre needs and available options and choose the best retreads that suit your needs.

 

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How Retreads Save Our Environment

Climate change has become a monster in recent years with drought, floods, bushfires, heat waves, tornadoes, dangerous storms, health impacts, erosion in coastal areas and insect outbreaks being serious concerns directly linked to global climate change. 

This has led to increased awareness around the ongoing climate crisis and various measures within the transport industry are being undertaken in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. 

Manufacture of retreaded tyres and electric vehicles have been some of the effective ways adopted by the industry and are quickly gaining popularity. In fact, the UK has already announced a ban on all non-zero emission vehicles by 2035

Fossil fuels used to manufacture petroleum products have been strongly linked to global warming and more effort has been put in phasing it out completely but little circumventing has taken place on how tyres affect our environment.  

Over the years, tyres have been a real environmental hazard on roadsides and landfills though things are changing now and many tyre manufacturing companies are looking for ways to become more eco-friendly in their tyre production through recycling old tyres.

Tyre retreading is simply the process of revamping old tyres. In the past few years, tyre retreading has gained popularity in the South African market as more sophisticated systems and computer-controlled equipment are utilized to retread tyres that provide an excellent alternative to brand new tyres—and at a lower cost.

The process of retreading tyres uses techniques that attach the veneer to the old tyre so as to make it unique and as good as new, making it even difficult to differentiate between a new or old tyre. 

Tyres can be retreaded severally helping reduce pollution and save the environment. This helps defer millions of tyres headed for landfills and putting them back into use for thousands of more miles. 

And just imagine this, when 15 million tyres are retreaded every year, it translates to about 225 million gallons of oil savings each year. 

The best Retreading Companies

I will be honest with you….Not every retreading company out there does a great job. The process of retreading is thorough and requires utmost care and attention to detail that can only be guaranteed by a company that is committed to customer satisfaction, superior quality and excellent workmanship at all times like 3G Tyres. 

We are a locally based retreading company that boasts state-of-the-art retreading equipment and processes that ensure effective tyre inspection, buffing, repair, curing and curving of new retreads. 

Our retreaded tyres are made to last longer and reduce the overall tyre costs. We deliver excellent retreading services at affordable rates. 

Besides retreading, we also offer a full range of proven, cost-effective and top-quality tyre solutions including vulcanizing repair, puncture repair, tyre salvaging and supply of retreaded tyres and off the road tyres (OTR) that cater to various needs and requirements.

Founded in 2008, 3G Tyres’ main aim is to save the environment and help fleet managers to reduce their tyre maintenance costs through retreads that deliver real value. 

With the end-user in mind, we work to produce high-grade products and efficient retreading service at an affordable rate.

If you are in South Africa and need reliable retreads, choose us, choose 3G Tyres. 

 

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Why consider buying retreads only from a trusted retread tyre supplier? Get the facts here!

Retreaded tyres? Why not! Whether you choose to retread your own tyres or buy them from a reputable dealer, one thing is for sure, retreaded tyres have notable benefits. 

Well, I know what you are thinking…..what about the many stubborn myths about retreads? To be frank, ignore them for now.

Retreaded tyres come with better quality besides being economical and environmentally friendly. And despite the remarkable technological advances in the past few years within the fitting and manufacturing of quality retreads, where you buy your retreaded tyres truly matters.

It’s about time you understand that not every retreading company out there has the expertise and machinery to deliver quality retreads that guarantee reliability, safety, great performance and cost-efficiency like 3G Tyre retreads; the more reason why you should read on.

Retreading process

The process of retreading tyres is thorough, requiring utmost attention, skill and know-how. From the initial inspection of the tyre to ensure it meets the stringent quality specifications; the buffing process to remove the remaining tread and sidewall rubber; the visual inspection of the buffed casing by an experienced eye; the building with new tread material through a computer-controlled process to enhance accuracy; to the curing process that places the ‘built’ tyre into hot and segmented redial matrix into a curing press; to the final inspection after the cured tyres are deflated, removed, cooled and trimmed, making high quality retreads requires experts who are keen to detail and dedicated to excellence. 

Come to think of it, almost every major airline company in this 21st century is equipping its planes with retreaded tyres. This demands that the tyres be manufactured by a trusted retread tyre supplier to ensure maximum safety every time. 

While quality brand new tyres are usually manufactured to be retreaded later, only the thoroughly inspected casings qualify to be retreaded. Keep in mind that retreading is a highly controlled process that involves hi-tech equipment and machinery.

In addition, the retreading plants are subjected to annual homologation (ECE109), with durability tests similar to those for homologation of new tyres are applied. 

 As a leader in retreading tyres, 3G Tyres specializes in the supply, servicing and repair of retreaded tyres and OTR (off the road) tyres.

Since the very beginning, 3G Tyres has been a safety and customer-driven enterprise dedicated to integrity, excellence and end-user satisfaction. We deliver top-grade products and seamless retread service at affordable costs. 

From vulcanizing repair, tyre salvaging to retreading, we built tyres for better, making economy meet ecology through our advanced tyre processes that make us the retreading specialist to trust. 

Buying Retreaded Tyres

It’s the best decision you can ever make. For those still teetering with the thought of whether to buy or not to buy retreads—this is for you. The benefits of retread are obvious, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that retreaded truck tyres are better on your pocket and for the environment. They are also better for your business as they reduce the maintenance costs and keep your fleet of trucks rolling. In essence, it all adds up to a smarter tyre solution that will save you money in the long run. 

If you’re ready to buy quality retreaded tyres from a premier tyre retreading company, request quote below.

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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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