USA Independence Day 2015 OTR Tire Sale

I am sure all of you in the States are making plans for the upcoming Independence Day weekend. Buy Big Tires will be closing at Noon (-4 GMT) on Friday.  Our office will reopen on Monday July 6th at 9am (-4 GMT).

We hope everyone has a great week and a Happy Fourth of July to all our U.S. customers. OTR Tire Firecracker Specials!!

4pc – 725-70×25 16ply Titan – $400.00 each
20pc – 18.4R30 Titan Hi-Traction Lug – $500.00 each
2pc – 17.5×25 Xtreme Load 20ply L5 Smooth – $450.00 each
1pc – 18.00×25 Xtreme Load 28ply L5 Smooth – $450.00
1pc – 16.00R24 Bridgestone VKT – $800.00
4pc – 27.00R49 Bridgestone VRLS E2A – $9,200.00 each (2011 production)
​4pc – 23.5R25 Yokohama RB31 – $1,975.00 each
8pc – 725-70×25 (23.5R25) Titan 16ply L4T – $800.00 each great for working in loose soil conditions

Vale’s Sharp Increase in Iron Ore Output Wreaking Havoc on Others in Brazilian Mining Industry

logo_valeOn the heels of news in late May that Brazilian mining giant Vale planned to fund a $16 million expansion for its iron ore mines come reports of multiple mine closures and job losses along the country’s iron ore front lines. Although these two circumstances may sound like contradictions on the surface, there’s actually a direct connection.

Due to competition with Australian mines for Chinese business, major players within the Brazilian mining industry–such as Vale–have stepped up their iron ore production. The losers in this power dynamic, however, have not been limited to Australian companies. The losers have also been smaller Brazilian-based mines. Due to their higher production costs, they’ve been unable to keep up with increased demands.

Iron ore tends to be a scale game, with larger producers able to afford better infrastructure like rail or slurry pipes which in turn reduce costs. With less efficient infrastructure, smaller mines usually have higher costs and struggle in a price slump. (Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide)

So although Vale’s iron ore expansion has benefited the company itself, and by extension Brazil’s GDP; and although Vale’s success expands Brazil’s iron ore industry, this expansion comes at a cost.

Rampant unemployment is just one ramification facing mining communities. Local shop owners report having seen a one-third drop in traffic since the mine closures. Likewise, with 70% of local government revenue generated (whether directly or indirectly) by mining, it’s likely that public projects will require severe cuts.

It’s our hope that these smaller mining companies find a way to remain viable, offer stable jobs for their employees, and provide more competition on the open market.

Remember that we provide OTR tires for all of your iron ore mining needs. Feel free to contact us for the best deals.

I Love a Parade: Preparing Your Front End Loaders for Their Moment of Glory

tractor-paradeIt’s true that front end loaders take a lot of flack for being troublemakers. After all, no other machine that we spotlight has developed such a reputation for crime sprees. But a hard look at the evidence proves that front end loaders aren’t all bad. In fact, they have some fine qualities, and these qualities are always on their best display during community parades.

Since the 4th of July holiday is upcoming, we thought we’d help you get ahead of the curve by giving you some ideas for your next Independence Day Parade.

Anybody can drape their front end loader with red, white, and blue bunting for a patriotic look, but if you’re looking for something a bit more creative, read on.

If you have a front end loader, you’re about to be the life of the party.

Front End Loader Parade Ideas:

  • Fill the bucket with candy to be thrown to the crowd along the parade route. After the show’s over, park in a prominent location nearby, lower the bucket, and let passersby help themselves. This is sure to be a crowd favorite among children and adults alike.
  • Construct large top hat and veil. Drive two front end loaders down the street side-by-side as bride and groom. Have two adorable children walk out front as flower girl and ring bearer. Brace yourself for oooh’s and aaaaah’s.
  • For night parades, line the frame and wheels of your front end loader with glow-in-the-dark paints as an homage to the Tron light cycles. Prepare to be hailed as a genius.

Whatever you choose to do, don’t miss the opportunity to enroll your front end loaders in your local Independence Day parade or other festivity. Not only will a well-placed sign give you a bit of free advertising along the parade route or the event grounds, but your involvement is a great opportunity to show your interest in the local community.

Remember that we carry a full stock of big tires for all of your front end loaders. Please feel free to contact us for the best deals.


Image credit: Old Photos Blogspot

U.S. Fracking Industry Spotlight: News Snippets from Texas

pumpjack-oil-well-lubbock-texasKeeping up with U.S. mining industry news can be a challenge. With coal, mineral, diamond, and many other types of mines operating in many states, the burden of keeping up with what’s going on, and where, and how it’s affecting the overall industry can feel heavy. Fortunately, we are here to help lighten the burden for you.

As you will see below, much of the resource extraction news coming from Texas right now centers on the issue of fracking for oil in shale formations. As you will also note, the situation has become slightly incoherent.

U.S. Fracking Industry Spotlight: News Snippets from Texas:

In summary, the citizens worked to ban fracking, the governor banned the ban, and the activists seek to ban the banning of the ban. No matter where you stand personally on the issue of fracking, we’re sure you’ll join us in hoping that these civic debates can be resolved quickly, coherently and peaceably.

Remember that we carry a full supply of OTR tires for all of your construction, oil well site prep and mining needs. Feel free to contact us for the best deals.


Image credit: “Oil well” by Flcelloguy at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

OTR Tire Deals for June 16, 2015

We hope you had productive and profitable week.  We have a few OTR tires that we are looking to move this week, plus a couple that we are looking to acquire.

This weeks OTR tire deals:

12pc – 26.5×25 CAT Flexport Smooth Pattern NO Serials and CAT branding removed – $3,950 each

12pc – 26.5×25 Firestone SRG 20 ply L3 new – $1,500 each

4pc – 33.25×29 Titan SL100 38 ply – $3,900 each

4pc – 2100R35 Bridgestone VELS – $4,100.00 each

2pc – 17.5R25 Bridgestone VKT – $1,125.00 each

4pc – 23.5R25 Yokohama RB31 – $1,950.00 each


Tires we need:

Also we are in need of a few 480-95R25 X-Straddle TL 206 A5. Current location is not an issue on these as long as you have them in stock.

18.00R33 Bridgestone, or Yokohama

Contact us if you need any of the tires we have for sale or if you have any of the tires we need!

Front End Loaders Make Headway in Revamping Their Image

Longtime readers of our blog are aware of the many hijinks involving front end loaders. A recent spate of positive news reports, however, has lead us to suspect that these much-maligned (and possibly misunderstood) machines may have begun a concerted effort to revamp their tarnished image.

First, after spring landslides in Wyoming led to a shut-down of roads in Wind River Canyon, who should come trundling along to do the heavy lifting? Heroic front end loaders, of course.

And when a truck carrying animal carcasses left a stinky spill along Washington State’s I-5 just south of Seattle, who came to the rescue almost immediately? A contingent of plucky front end loaders, that’s who.

Who cleared the recent avalanche on Indy Pass near Aspen, helped a downed aircraft reach help, and spent much of this past winter tirelessly banking snow to keep area residents from being stranded? That’s right. Front end loaders.

With all of these positive reports, it seems likely that the troublesome front end loaders of North America will soon revamp their image from the black sheep of the heavy equipment family to the cherished, heavy equipment heroes.

For some, that day has already come. Witness one Grand Rapids construction company choosing to throw a birthday party for one of their own cherished front end loaders. Of course, the celebration also commemorates a long-time partnership between two successful companies, but still. This positive reinforcement seems a step in the right direction.

Have you seen a well-meaning front end loader out there doing good deeds? Feel free to share your stories in the comments.

Don’t forget that we carry a full supply of OTR tires for all of your loader or dozer needs. Please feel free to contact us for the best deals.


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Brazilian Mining Industry Growth Stymied by Government Foot Dragging

It’s been nearly nine months since our last update on the projected changes to Brazil’s mining codes. Unfortunately, there isn’t much update to offer. How these changes would directly affect the Brazilian mining industry is still anybody’s best guess, since the codes seem no closer to going into effect now than they did back in September.

The time is ripe for change, however. Cheery headlines claiming that Brazil’s mines are outperforming their Australian counterparts are well enough… unless you have been keeping abreast of what’s been going on with the Australian mining industry.

While Brazil’s mining industry may be growing overall, that doesn’t mean that individual sectors have been uninfluenced by the stymied bill. With news of mine closures and job losses coming from the iron ore sector in June and Reuters reporting that certain international mining companies have been avoiding investments in Brazil until the new mining laws are in effect, the government really cannot afford to continue dragging the situation out.

Mining is a vital part of Brazil’s economy, accounting for about a third of exports. The saga over this law comes when the sector is already out of favor due to concerns of a slowdown in China. Industry group IBRAM estimated last year Brazil had missed out on 20 billion reais ($8.89 billion) of investment due to the uncertainty surrounding the code. (Reuters)

Talk of corruption and scandal in the Brazilian government really is news to no one at this point, but it’s sad to see an ineffective government negatively influencing the livelihood of South American miners. It’s our hope that the Brazilian government pulls itself together soon and that new mining bills are passed quickly.

Remember that we carry a full supply of OTR tires for all of your mining needs. We routinely ship to numerous mines throughout Brazil.  Please feel free to contact us for the best deals.


Image credit: “Brasilia Congresso Nacional 05 2007 221″ by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

OTR Tire Deals for June 5, 2015

It’s Friday!  We hope you have had a great week thus far.

Here are a few tires we are looking to move this week and next.

  • 12pc – 385-95R25 Michelin X-Crane – $950.00 ea
  • 2pc – 20.5R25 Bridgestone VSDL – $2,550.00 ea
  • 2pc – 17.5R25 Bridgestone VSDL – $1,850.00 ea
  • 2pc – 26.5R25 Goodyear GP2B – $2,950.00 ea
  • 4pc – 29.5×25 General LD250S 28ply – $2,200.00 ea
  • ​6pc – 29.5R29 Triangle TB516 – $3,850.00 ea
  • 2pc – 35-65×33 Titan LD150 42ply – $6,000.00 ea
  • 2pc – 45-65×45 General LD250 58ply – $10,500.00 ea

​We are looking for the following items.

  • 17.5R25 Michelin XSMD2
  • 1400R20 Michelin XZA4 (G20)

If you have other tires that you are looking to move, or are in need of please let us know.

Cunning Innovation Simplifies Haul Truck Tire Removal

If you’re keeping up with developments in the world of haul truck tires, then you’re aware that there are exciting changes in the air. In case you’ve been too busy to keep up, however, we’re here to fill in the gaps.

Haul truck tire removal toolOne of the best innovations to come across our radar recently is one that facilitates haul truck tire removal and replacement, streamlining the process for technicians while saving both time and money.

According to the Elko Daily Free Press, the crew at the Goldstrike Tire Shop recently invented a new tool that allows for a faster removal of the tedious one hundred and thirteen lug nuts required to hold a haul truck tire in place.

“We used to have to move the rad gun, which is used to loosen the lug nuts, around the wheel and get into some weird body positions,” said Chris Zeiler, the open pit tire shop supervisor. “Now, we just stand on the ground and the device moves the wheel for us.” (Elko Daily)

Described as a rotation device operated by a foot pedal, this innovative device saves time and effort on the part of the technician tasked with changing the tire. Since both time and effort are reduced, this tool will cuts down on expenses by shortening task length.

With new developments cropping up on a regular basis and more no doubt in the pipeline to be revealed in the days ahead, it’s certainly an exciting time for the world of haul truck tires.

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


Image credit: Elko Daily

Arizona Residents Shine Spotlight on Their Place in U.S. Mining Industry History

Many states can lay claim to a place in the development of the U.S. mining industry, but Arizona residents are doing something to ensure that their state’s contribution is not forgotten.

First, small-town residents are working to ensure that former mining towns don’t die out completely. In early May of 2015, Skip Descant of the Desert Sun wrote a stirring piece encouraging travelers and hikers to consider staying in the quaint hotels of Jerome, Arizona, while availing themselves of hikes on mining trails nearby.

After describing the city’s rich mining history, the writer makes a serious case for investing in a visit:

[I]f you’re looking for Starbucks and corporate brand hotels and restaurants, Jerome is not for you. Stick to Sedona. However, if you’d rather visit a place that somehow seemed to just skip the second half of the 20th century, Jerome is a terrific and still mostly authentic find. (Desert Sun)

But Arizona’s small towns are not the only places investing attention in mining history. Phoenix residents have been working doggedly to have the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum reopened to the public since its untimely closing in 2011. The high support levels given to this project by area residents proves that they have a vested interest in keeping their place in the history of U.S. mining alive and well.

Since the growth of the mining industry was a direct cause of the development of many western states, we’re glad to see more people taking an interest in preserving this important part of American history.

Remember that we carry a full complement of OTR tires for all of your mining needs. We routinely ship OTR tires to mines in all the western states.  Please feel free to contact us for the best deals and lowest shipping costs!


Image credit: “High street Jerome, Arizona”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons