Tires for Construction Equipment

July is construction season!

For years now, Canadians have become accustomed, through no fault of their own, to associating summer with the start of construction season. On the island of Montreal alone, a little over 189 construction sites have popped up this summer!

Those of you who work in construction are set to have a busy summer—and the tires on your equipment will be put to the test. How well your tires perform depends on many factors, and simply ignoring them is sure to make your tires less efficient and shorten their service life.

Since tires for site equipment are highly specialized, it’s very important that you choose the right tire model. In fact, using tires for anything other than their originally intended purpose will have a major impact on how well they perform and how long they last.

That’s why it’s so important to give your Point S representative as much information as possible so they can recommend the proper tires for your equipment.

Important information

When you’re buying tires, it’s important to know the type of road surface, the load weight, the hauling distance, and the driving speed. This information will help your Point S representative recommend a product that best matches the tasks you perform with your equipment.

Last but certainly not least—no matter how much care goes into selecting your tires, they won’t perform at their best if you forget the air pressure! We recommend checking the air pressure every two weeks, or even every week if your tires are exposed to harsh conditions. Keep in mind that the air in tires bears over 97% of the weight of the equipment. If you don’t check your tire pressure routinely, you could see uneven wear, a deformed carcass, tread separation, or your tire could even explode.

Now, back to work!

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Traction - dry road

Dry-road traction is a tire's ability to brake effectively and respond well to the steering wheel on dry roads.

Traction - wet road

Wet traction is a tire's resistance to hydroplaning and its ability to provide safe driving in wet conditions.

Traction - snowy road

Snow-covered road traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely snow-covered pavement.

Traction - icy road

Ice traction is a tire's ability to operate on partially or completely ice-covered pavement.

Durability

Durability refers to how many kilometres a tire can go before it stops performing.

Comfort/noise

Comfort refers to the ride quality of a tire and the noise it emits on the road.