A transport hire company is aiming to slash operating costs after fitting its fleet with Michelin tyres.
William Gilde, based in Cheltenham, has begun to roll-out the Michelin's X-Terminal T tyres to all of its terminal tractors with which the company is responsible for tyre replacement – accounting for around 60 per cent of its fleet.
In August 2010, William Gilde trialled the Michelin tyres by fitting them to two Terberg YT182 terminal tractors and comparing their performance against their old tyres on an identical vehicle.
Melvyn Evans, operations manager at William Gilde, said: "These are typically low mileage applications, with significant slow speed manoeuvring, so remould tyres have always been our preference.
"We hadn't imagined what a difference fitting a dedicated industrial tyre could make – the trial has vastly exceeded our expectations."
As part of the trial, the Michelin tyres were tested on concrete at a site in Essex and on an abrasive hard surface in Enfield, Greater London.
Posted by Danielle Barge