More people are choosing solid industrial tires for forklifts, skid steers and even farm equipment, according to manufacturers. They cite a variety of reasons, beginning with affordability.
With upwards of 2,300 exhibit booths showcasing thousands of products, the annual four-day Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is an extravaganza of choice for attendees involved in the automotive industry. Yet some trends that speak to the over-arching preoccupations of tire dealers emerged from the abundance of products on display at this year’s edition, which ran Nov. 3-6 in Las Vegas.
Unpredictable crop prices, just like the unpredictable weather, aren’t going anywhere, and manufacturers and marketers of farm tires know they have to be strong enough to withstand both. It’s the added pressure of everything else – fluctuations in original equipment production and depreciation write-offs, and a strong dollar to name a few – that is really making life difficult.
BKT Tires Inc. has released a technical paper explaining the effects of mismatched tires on heavy equipment productivity. The paper explains what contributes to tire mismatching and why it is detrimental to the bottom line.
Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) has introduced a radial tire for farming implements featuring increased flexion (IF) technology.
When the mining industry slumped, OTR retreader Noah Hickman of H&H Industries Inc. looked elsewhere for business. “We’ve branched out into markets such as ports, construction, and other areas to combat the slowdown of the coal market,” says Hickman, whose Oak Hill, Ohio-based company holds the No. 25 spot on Modern Tire Dealer’s “2015 Top 100 retreaders” list.
BKT Tires (USA) Inc. has launched the Earthmax SR 22 mud and snow OTR tire for graders and loader applications. The tire provides traction and stability in snow and wintery conditions, but can be utilized for year-round operations, the company notes.