Loaders are massive vehicles supposed to perform stressful, heavy tasks. They require durable, strong tires that can bear all the pressure without outperforming under critical conditions. For this reason, loader tires have special characteristics different from normal tires and it is necessary to look for these qualities when selecting loader tires. If a suitable tire is chosen, one can save both money and time with the loader application.
Radial vs. Bias Tires
Radial tires for loader are more expensive than bias tires but the former provides a better flotation and traction and also helps lower the fuel consumption. Radial tires offer better control at higher speeds and allow the operator to turn in an easy way due to low rolling resistance. They do not heat up in high-speed applications and thus extend the tire life. Radial tires are suitable in applications where tread wear, traction and distance matter. They are ideal for loaders operated over finished surfaces.
On the other hand, those operators looking for tires that perform well on gravel as well as quarry and pit applications should select bias tires. These tires feature thick sidewalls to withstand in situations where there is possibility of cutting sidewalls. Bias loader tires offer a smooth and stable ride.
In addition to these, there are solid loader tires reserved for industrial and scrapyard applications. Another variety is flotation tires that are wide and ideal in muddy and soft ground conditions.
The most important aspect to consider when choosing a loader tire is the traction. Loader tires should offer the optimum traction to be efficient. They should also offer low fuel consumption and good flotation. High cut resistance and puncture resistance is also desirable. Construction loaders operating at high speeds and carrying heavy loads require less rolling and heat resistance for better performance, enhanced operator comfort and productivity. A good loader tire offers a better quality of ride on account of stable sidewalls. And lastly, cost effectiveness is a factor to be considered for loader tires. Selecting the loader tire matching the application saves a lot of money if it is efficient and avoids any potential mechanical and productivity issues.