Tires are in the top five procurement expenses of a mining operation. Most of these expenses are not controllable, such as fuel, operator wages, vehicle maintenance, etc., but tires can be controlled. As operators attempt to reduce their cost-per-ton or cost-per-footage, tires can be controlled by choosing the right tire for the application and by using retreads.
Today, tire manufacturers design tires to provide service greater than the tread will last. By retreading the OTR tire casing, a mining operation can reap the benefits of these highly designed tires. Tire retreads are lasting as long as a new tire and in some case better and cost about 50% of a new tire. With the savings from tire repair services, an operation can significantly reduce their tire budget.