Are you going to the 2015 OTR Tire Conference?

2015-OTR-logo-352x235If you are going to the TIA 2015 OTR Tire Conference, then be sure to drop by and see us at our table.  We are a general sponsor of the conference this year and we are looking forward to seeing all you too!

To learn more about this year’s conference, please visit TIA’s website.

We also have some OTR tires that we are looking to move this week.

5pc – 45-65R45 Michelin XLDD2 – $18,500.00 each

4pc – 1800R33 Michelin X-Quarry – $4,600.00 each

2pc – 20.5R25 Michelin X-Mine – $3,650.00 each

2pc – 23.5R25 Titan STL3 – $2,150.00 each

2pc – 17.5×25 Xtreme 20ply L5S – $600.00 each

All prices are in USD, and plus freight. If you have any questions please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us to purchase any of the above or to get a freight quote.

Fresh Front End Loader Crime Wave

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Longtime readers of this blog are no doubt already aware that when it comes to heavy equipment, front end loaders seem to be involved in more than their fair share of questionable incidents. For some reason, these machines just can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble.

The question we’d like to ask today, however, is this: are front end loaders the perpetrators, or are they the victims?

You tell us.

“Man Charged with Joyriding in Front End Loader”

According to the Smithville Reviewone brazen young man absconded with a front end loader before joy riding it straight past the local sheriff’s department. While Gregory Wayne Elliot, 21, may not have hatched the most intelligent plan of all time, we’re sure he had fun while it lasted.

“Runaway Teen Pulled Over in Stolen Front End Loader in Florida”

Ah, Florida. Home of sun, sand, surf, and wacky news. In October, Naples Daily News reported that when one plucky North Florida teen decided to run away from home, he didn’t let his lack of access to a motor vehicle stop him. Filching a front end loader from a nearby job site, this thirteen-year-old took off at top speeds of 25mph, making it all of three miles before being apprehended by authorities just 277 miles short of his goal: the South Florida city of Fort Lauderdale.

It seems difficult to imagine a respectable front end loader wanting to joyride past the sheriff’s department or accompany thirteen-year-olds on impromptu jaunts to Fort Lauderdale.

Perhaps these seeming crime waves involving front end loaders are perhaps just many cases of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Or perhaps it is the case that front end loaders are just so fun to drive and operate that every man, young and old wants to take one for a spin.

For more information about tires for your front end loader, please feel free to contact us.

 

Image credit: “ChelProm Front-end single-bucket loaders PK-27” by U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Andrew D. Pendracki – http://www.defenseimagery.mil; VIRIN: 071028-M-5865P-002. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Attention, Students: U.S. Mining Industry a Viable Career Option

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When asked what they want to be when they want to grow up, not many small children would mention the US mining industry, but perhaps that’s only because many of them lack awareness of those sorts of jobs. After all, lessons about industry and “community helpers” in kindergartens and primary schools across the country focus on careers that tend to enjoy a lot of public face time: doctors, fire fighters, nurses, police officers, and so forth.

Unless youth grow up in areas where mining is prominent, many of them might overlook career opportunities that may actually be perfect for them. Although some students might find the idea of a mining career off-putting, not all mining jobs involve going down into the mines and, well mining. The industry needs engineers, marketing directors, mechanics, geologists, upper-level managers, and so forth.

The good news is that the U.S. academic world brims with degrees that make mining careers possible. Not only that, there so many schools that have earned reputations for producing high-quality employees that Mining Global put together this list to help students pursue the best of the best.

Perhaps the time has come for high school teachers and academic advisers to be more proactive about the wide array of jobs available within the U.S. mining industry and the benefit of earning specific degrees from schools well-respected for their contributions to mining. Not only would the students benefit from being better informed, but the industry itself would benefit from an increase in qualified, well-educated employees.

Remember that we carry a full complement of big tires for all of your mining needs. Feel free to contact us for the best deals.

 

Image credit: “Monroe Community College Graduation” by David Maiolo – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Big Tires, Big Fires: A Few Thoughts on Fire Prevention

tire-fireIf you’re interested in learning more about devastating tire fires, you won’t have to look far. A quick internet search reveals tales of fires at tire-shredding companies, junkyards, tire warehouses, and landfills. After some careful reading, you’ll note that some articles are preventative, highlighting proposed solutions to ward off danger, while others are merely descriptive, chronicling the destruction as fires blazed out of control.

Although the EPA does not consider tires a hazardous waste product, they do note the dangers of tire fires and recommend caution, since once tire fires start, they are very difficult to extinguish.

According to California’s Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, one of the best preventative measures is simply to keep tires from piling up in the first place. According to their report, finding alternative uses for big tires is the first and best step toward accomplishing this. (For more ideas on this, see our previously-published posts here and here).

Of course, this suggestion does not apply to tire wholesalers and shipping companies, who must keep a stock of tires on hand. They are encouraged to follow the most current protocols for storing and distributing big tires. This would include conforming to all local, state, and national fire codes.

Please note that as purveyors of big tires, we always consider the safety of our employees and customers first.

No matter what your big tire needs, we are the ones to call. Please feel free to contact us for the best deals.

Big Tires: A Winter Checklist

According to the Rubber Manufacturers’ Association, safe tire maintenance requires four considerations: pressure, alignment, rotation, and tread. When considering these four factors, you will find special aspects that must be considered during the winter months.

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Tire pressure is of supreme importance. After all, it’s not only the tires that carry your vehicle, but the air in the tires does that. Because air temperature and air pressure have a direct relationship, the air pressure of your tires is strongly affected by sudden temperature changes. Be sure to keep on top of these fluctuations in order to ensure that your tires are properly inflated at all times. If you have PressurePro TPMS on your heavy equipment then you will have real time tire pressure and temperature readings.

Alignment, Rotation and Tread 

Although these are year-long considerations, keeping up with alignment checks, tire rotations, and checking tread depth will help keep your tires in top condition – an important consideration if you plan to drive on snowy and icy surfaces during winter.

Last, although it doesn’t have anything directly to do with tires, we want to encourage you to drive with caution during the winter months. Just like driving on the roads in winter weather, hauling material to and from the mine site in winter weather is difficult and can be dangerous.

We wish you a safe and happy winter and look forward, as I’m sure you do, to the onset of spring.

Remember that we carry a full supply of big tires. For more information on the best deals, please feel free to contact us.

 

Image credit: New York State Dept of Health

Australian Mining Industry Wobbling as Commodities Plummet

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Amid reports of falling commodities prices, the Australian mining industry‘s response does not strike a note of confidence.

First, it’s been reported that with the slump in mining comes a natural trend away from mining-related office space. Global property news service PropertyWire reports a substantial drop in the number of square meters reserved for such purpose.

Second, the miners themselves face concerns; after all, if their export markets shrink, the number of employed workers will naturally shrink as well. According to ABC Rural, as commodity prices tumble, investors are also starting to walk away. None of these factors are good for morale, of course. Neither is the fact that some workers have already lost their jobs.

“We’ve just lost 140 workers at Prominent Hill, which is 20 kilometres further up the road,” [a source] said. “So that’s already 140 people already back in the unemployed section looking for work. It doesn’t look good for people at the moment” (Rural).

Unfortunately, the disheartening news doesn’t stop there. On top of everything else, the Australian government has also been accused of shady financial practices intended to save the iron ore sector. According to one American iron ore miner, the government is “‘manipulating’ its currency to save iron ore experts,” although at the time this blog post is being written, this accusation comes from only a single voice.  We’ll keep an eye out for other news stories and voices claiming the same.

It’s our hope that the situation in Australia will turn around soon; that jobs will be saved; and the industry will maintain the solid reputation that it has held for decades.  The commodities markets are notorious for their big price swings and we sincerely hope that the recent slump in commodity prices turns around due to renewed demand as soon as possible.

Remember that we carry a full complement of OTR tires for all of your mining needs.  We routinely ship mining equipment tires to Australian mines. For the best deals around, contact us!

 

Image credit: Flag of Australia at Wikimedia Commons.  Yellow line arrow added in house.

Falling Oil Prices Signal Cost Reduction for Rigid Haul Truck Operation

australian-coal-mining-2015There’s no getting around the practical uses of rigid haul trucks. Without them, the huge loads of the mining industry would be impossible to transport to processing without massive human effort. But there’s also no getting around the fact that most heavy moving equipment isn’t exactly fuel efficient.

That’s why the falling oil prices have mining executives feeling cautiously optimistic. Not only do the falling prices benefit the consumer directly through decreased prices at the pumps, but the falling prices have the added benefit of reducing the cost of mining and shipping–which in turn leads to further cost efficiencies down the road.

We have no guarantee that the low oil prices will continue to fall or remain static in the short to medium term. To that end, researchers and developers are encouraged to continue in their quest to make heavy equipment more fuel efficient. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, an organization that had some early success as of 2008, there’s still a long way to go in this area:

Within existing technological and logistical constraints, these innovations (which don’t include such further opportunities as hybrid-electric powertrains or auxiliary power units to displace idling) could thus cut the average fuel used to move each ton of freight by ~64 percent. This would annually save the current U.S. Class 8 fleet about four billion gallons of diesel fuel and 45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions (Rocky Mountain Institute – Download the PDF abstract here).

Of course, the best possible solution would be continued advancements in the area of fuel efficiency coupled with continued falling oil prices, but we’re not sure how future circumstances will favor such an alignment. As the old saying goes, it’s hard to make predictions, especially about the future.

Remember that we carry a full array of big tires for all of your rigid haul trucks, from 130T up to Ultra Class. Feel free to contact us for the best deals.

Front End Loaders: Unsung Heroes of Winter Storm Juno

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When you think of front end loaders and other heavy moving equipment, winter may not be the first thought to spring to mind; however, the fact remains that for many people living in the Northeast, these machines are the season’s unsung heroes.

Not only do front end loaders help to keep roadways clear and deal with piles of snow after major storms, but they also come in handy in the event of other disasters as well.

Take, for example, an incident that occurred during the recent mega blizzard that blanketed the Northeast in early January: the storm which the media nicknamed Snowpocalypse Juno. Two days after Juno dumped several feet of snow on a southern Maine town, a local apartment complex caught fire. As if that weren’t disaster enough, a poorly-plowed driveway almost lead to further destruction:

“The snow was a huge, huge impediment. We couldn’t get the trucks in the driveway,” [the fire chief] said. “There’s no excuse for that. They need to take responsibility for their building.” Firefighters had to haul hose lines through 3-foot snowdrifts from the street to the building before they could start trying to extinguish the fire (Portland Press Herald).

Fortunately, a front end loader was brought in later to help clear the snow, ensuring that in the event of a further emergency situation, rescue vehicles would have access to the building.  Do you have any stories to share about heavy equipment being used to clean up after Winter Storm Juno?  Share them with us in the comments.

Whether you use your loader to clear snow, earth, rock, or sand, remember that we carry a full supply of loader tires. Feel free to contact us for the best deals.

Mining Equipment Industry Poised for New International Interests?

Flag_of_HaitiIf we were to speak of a Caribbean country worth billions of dollars in untapped gold resources, what country would spring to mind? Probably not the impoverished Caribbean republic of Haiti. After all, centuries of suppression, strife, corruption, and natural disasters have wrecked the economy and deflated most possibilities for tourism, leaving the country known more for its poverty than almost anything else.

Really, one of the only industries still functioning within the country is the production of rum; but soon, all of that could change.

Early in January of 2015, Haitian government officials met both with representatives from the World Bank and also with international mining investors in the capital city of Port-au-Prince to discuss how the Haitian government might deal with companies seeking to mine billions of dollars worth of gold out of the mountains in the island’s north.

Naturally, the international business community has voiced concerns regarding the proposed endeavor. After all, Haiti has a track record of government corruption and human rights violations, and the new mining laws could provide space for these problems to increase.

Communities are particularly alarmed that the draft law makes it easier for the government to expropriate land to enable mining installations if they are deemed to be in the “public interest.” As the complaint notes, the bill “does not make clear whether landowners and land users have the right to refuse to allow mining companies to enter onto and use their land.” (Vice News)

Still, even with several causes for concern, we’re cautiously optimistic. Not only will a poor nation have a chance to join the thriving international mining market, providing badly-needed jobs for its citizens in the process; but with more mining sectors opening up, the global demand for mining equipment also means jobs outside of Haiti as well.

That’s always a good thing.

Remember that we carry a full selection of OTR tires for all of your mining needs. Please feel free to contact us for the best deals.

 

Image credit: Wikipedia

Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your OTR Tires?

otr-tire-pressure-gaugeDriving a big piece of equipment is serious business. This is one of the reasons why people who operate heavy equipment are required to have appropriate training and in some cases an operator’s license. Properly maintaining your heavy equipment has too many benefits to ignore. Maintaining your OTR tires is also important.

A tire company wants to make sure you get everything you can out of your tires, but you will also need to make sure that you and all of your employees are safe at all times. A good set of OTR tires will last for quite a long time, but you may be able to get more months of good use out of them with great care. You can prolong the life of your tires with maintenance and proper care. Make sure your operators follow the necessary tips because if your equipment is running on low quality or unstable OTR tires, the end results could be tragic.

  • If you are not using any tires, you should store them in an appropriate location. A more appropriate location will be somewhere that does not get much light, preferably a dark corner of a warehouse. Make sure the area of the warehouse where you store the tires do not have any type of oils, chemicals, or cleaning supplies that could spill or leak on your tires.
  • Your tire pressures should be checked before you put the machine in operation. If you are just beginning your shift, you should check the pressure of the tires. When you are preparing to leave for the day, you will want to check the pressure again, especially after the tires have been able to cool slightly. It will not take up a significant amount of your time, and that extra little time you spend doing that will be worth it. You may also consider having your tire and wheel assemblies fitted with PressurePro TPMS sensors.
  • If you think your tires need more pressure or if you think they need less pressure, do what should be done. If your tires are not inflated enough, something tragic could happen, just as it can if your tires have too much pressure. Check your tires thoroughly and regularly. There could be holes, pinch cuts, or anything else that could cause you to have a blowout when you are operating your equipment.

It will not harm anything to check your tires before you use them every day. A few minutes of maintenance and inspection could save you from having a terrible accident. Do not ever use a machine or other piece of equipment if the tires are in poor shape. If you need new OTR tires, contact us. We want to make sure you get the absolute best out of your tires and get home safely at the end of a long day of work.

 

Image credit: New York State Dept of Health