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New Tyre Policy Minimises Repair Costs for Industrial Fleet

27 Jun 2011 10:22

A change in tyre policy has helped national multi-product hire specialist Hewden minimise punctures and quadruple the average tyre lifespan across its Grangemouth depot’s fleet of rough-terrain forklifts, resulting in significant cost savings.

The 16 JCBs, used almost exclusively by a major local customer, were moved to a Michelin Power CL policy commencing in July 2009 on the advice of ATS Euromaster.

Since the national tyre service-provider introduced the new policy, only six of more than 60 tyres purchased have needed replacing, all due to wear rather than damage. This has taken the fleet’s average tyre lifespan from five months to approximately 20 and significantly reduced repair costs.

Previously, frequent exposure to foreign objects on the site’s tar and concrete surface had led to excessive tyre damage and repair expenditure, explains Hewden Service Foreman David Doig.

“Our customer was calling technicians out for repairs at least three times a week,” says Doig. “This was accounting for a significant percentage of overall tyre expenditure.

“ATS Euromaster’s recommended fitment has helped us notably reduce punctures which has resulted in less downtime and improved fleet productivity,” he adds.

“Not only have they saved our customer hundreds of pounds each month in repair costs, but the quadrupled average tyre lifespan will have a lasting impact on our own operating costs. It’s a prime example of a supplier adding real value to our business.”

Michelin’s Power CL tyres are suitable for use across a range of both agricultural and industrial machinery, from forklifts and telescopic handlers to backhoe loaders and compact articulated loaders.

Their robust, closely-spaced central lug pattern and durable rubber compound increase their capacity to resist punctures and tearing by up to 50 per cent in comparison with their main competitor. The structure of their cross-ply casing further reinforces the levels of damage-resistance they offer. Each casing contains between 10 and 16 stabilising plies, depending on tyre size, which maximise sidewall rigidity and improve stability.


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