As loader tires move into their twilight days, their owners often eye them askance, wondering how and when they will deal with offloading them when time comes for their replacement. Instead of stacking these tires with derelict equipment or dumping them at a landfill, owners of front end loaders and other heavy, wheeled machinery should consider helping these tires find a second life.
We suggest considering some worthy causes such as the following:
- BMX parks – As highlighted in this article detailing the work of the Buchanan Baptist Church youth group’s summer volunteer project, loader tires can make wonderful additions to BMX tracks when they are available.
- America’s great open roads – Many local communities such as New Mexico’s Silver City have begun collecting old tires, which are then sent off to be processed and converted into crumb rubber. This crumb rubber can in turn be used to create asphalt, among other things, meaning that your old tires can be given second life in this country’s wonderful network of roads. According to officials, this process deals with the health and public safety concerns regarding scrap rubber and makes landfills more safe and efficient.
- Farming solutions – By taking advantage of these easy-to-use, illustrated installation guidelines developed by Herschel George of Kansas State University, farmers are able to make serviceable water tanks for their livestock by using discarded tires. Likewise, older tires can be rigged together to create so-called “indestructible” bale feeders. All farmers need is a supply of tires.
As is becoming apparent, there are many ways in which retiring big tires can be given a second life through thoughtful donation. This may take a bit more time than merely throwing these tires away, but a little bit of care and research can go a long way toward supporting our local communities through thoughtful recycling.
Together, we can make the world a little bit better, one worn-out tire at a time.
When the time does come for replacements, remember that we carry a full stock of OTR tires for your wheel loaders and other heavy equipment. Feel free to contact us for the best deals.