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