Top 5 Things Tire Retread Techs Want You to Know

Gone are the days of retread tires being categorized as budget-conscious solutions that are only fit for low-weight, low-speed applications. Thanks to process improvements, retread tires are a viable option for commercial fleets.

Not Your Father’s Retreads

Computerized technology has drastically improved the quality of commercial retreads. Buffering machines eliminate the inconsistencies that were common in early retreads and reduce operating costs.

Shearography inspection is another important advancement in the retread process. The equipment is designed to detect movement between casing belts and belt edges to ensure the integrity of a retread. That allows technicians to complete their inspection process with certainty, knowing they’ve created a stable finished product. 3D imaging is now used to examine minute details and assess a casing’s reliability.

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Maintenance and Inflation Are a Must

As with new tires, enforcing a detailed maintenance schedule will improve the longevity of your commercial retread tires. Most tire failures are caused by underinflation, whether they’re new or retread tires.

Underinflation creates excessive heat buildup that accelerates wear and tear but won’t affect the adhesive retread bond. Monitoring your tire pressure during pre- and post-trip inspections will help you maintain the right level of inflation.

Pay Attention to the Tire Casing

Selecting quality retread tires requires a thorough tire casing analysis. Retread technicians will check your tire casings for damage and defects that could negatively impact the retread process.

The width of a retread must fit a tire casing properly to achieve a maximum bond. The retread may not be the same pattern as the original tread on your tire casing. Tread depth depends on your commercial vehicle, load type, age of your tire and haul application.

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Retreads Can Save You Money

Retreading your commercial tires is more cost-effective than purchasing new tires. You’ll get more miles out of your initial investment when you opt to retread the tires in your fleet.

Retread tires are less expensive to produce than new tires, so they don’t cost as much to sell. You can save 30% to 50% on your overall expenses when buying retread tires. And if your casings are intact, you can retread your commercial tires two or three times, further increasing your savings.

Find a Reliable Tire Retread Facility

Consulting a reputable retread facility like Bauer Built Tire & Service will provide you with high-quality retread tires you can count on. It’s important to find the right company that uses the processes and products that suit your needs.

Retread technicians can implement a maintenance schedule, which will help you maximize the returns on your investment. They’re also trained to spot tire issues before they become costly problems.

Come to Bauer Built for quality commercial retread tires. Search our locations to find a retreading facility in the Midwest.

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