tire

Experts: Tire maintenance critical in CSA era

Truckers should use fuel-efficient, properly mounted tires that suit the hauls they carry, experts said during a tire technology seminar.

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Vocational tire

Continental released two new construction tires, the HSC1 and the HDC1.  The HSC1, a heavy steer construction tire, is designed with a wider tread and a shoulder rib and has a patented tread pattern that prevents stone retention. The HDC1 is an extra-deep drive tire for construction service and features a full 32/32-inch tread depth and self-cleaning pattern. Both tires are available in sizes 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 for load range H. CONTINENTAL, www.continental-truck.com

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Tire gauge

The Tire Runout Gauge measures radial and lateral tire runout conditions to help eliminate irregular tire wear and ride vibration. The device uses a roller wheel placed against the tire tread combined with a gauge bar, individual low- and high-spot sliders and a magnified measurement readout that shows the amount of runout. K-LINE INDUSTRIES, klineind.com

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SmartWay certified drive tire

The M657 on-highway drive axle position tire is EPA SmartWay certified. The tire uses the company’s e-balance technology and has a stiffer belt package and bead construction. The tire fits both single and twin drive-axle applications and is available in four sizes: 11R22.5, 295/75R22.5, 11R24.5 and 285/75R24.5. TOYO TIRES, www.toyotires.com

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SmartWay certified drive tire

The FD695 PLUS drive tire, made for tandem axle drive tractors in long-haul and regional operations, features a cap/base tread compounding design and deep 26/32-in. tread depth. The tire has continuous shoulder ribs to help distribute weight and torque evenly. The tire can be retreaded for either trailer or drive axle and is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program. BRIDGESTONE, www.bridgestone-firestone.com

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Long-haul drive tire

The SP 464 long-haul drive tire features a 28/32-inch tread depth in a tread pattern with three hydro grooves that help evacuate water. The tire also has penetration protectors made to resist cuts and punctures. It comes in four sizes: 11R22.5 LR G, 11R24.5 LR G, 295/75R22.5 LR G and 285/75R24.5 LR G. DUNLOP, www.dunloptires.com/truck

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Soft-soil tire

With lower ground contact pressure, the next generation of the XZL2 tire is designed for heavy-duty trucks that work mostly off-road in soft-soil conditions such as sand and snow. The tread pattern has been redesigned for great speed and improved tread life over a wide range of terrains, the company says. The tire is available in size 395/85R20. MICHELIN, www.michelintruck.com, (800) 847-3435

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