The wear of a tire tells us a lot about its use. The example here shows a typical wear of an overloaded or under-inflated tire… how can we prevent this? Here are some simple tips that are worth their weight in gold.
The tire shown here has worn out faster on the shoulders than in the center. Without being unsafe, a similar case shown a 12/32 difference in wear between the shoulders and the center of the tread. This represents money that the user lost. This is typical of a sawmill tire as these companies usually use loaders to their full capacity, if not even more. It will therefore be necessary, within the limits specified by the manufacturers, to slightly inflate the tires until obtaining an even and uniform wear.
Conversely, if it had been found that the center of the tread had worn faster than the shoulders, it would have been a sign of overpressure… Again, within the limits specified by the manufacturer, it would be advisable to slightly reduce the air pressure.
Remember, even an uneven wear of 5/32 on a $6,000 tire, featuring an original design of 50/32 and used up to 15/32, would represent a $857 loss! Moreover, the tire will wear more quickly since the load will only be supported on a small surface.
Daniel Marleau – CEO LanOTR