Tire longevity and steps to make your tires last.
These are a set of Good Year Wrangler RT/S. Had them on my Ranger service truck.
Tire rotation and proper inflation is the key to longevity. These Wranglers are only rated for 50,000, I got over 80,000. They got rotated every 5,000. Also followed the correct rotation pattern. As you can see they still have plenty of tread left. However the sipes (a groove or channel in the tread of a tire to improve its grip, especially in rain) where wore off.
I decided it was time to replace them due to balancing issues. Most likely from the belts starting to deteriorate.
Along with tire rotation it’s crucial to check and maintain the correct tire pressure. This number can be found on your vehicles VIN tag which is usually located on the driver’s door or door jam.
Another issue, especially in the landscape industry, is overloading! Most of use are guilty at some point in time of overloading our trucks. This creates additional stress on the tire along with the build up of heat. Over time it will weaken the integrity of the tire. Not to mention it’s illegal and your assuming additional liability. Although it’s an inconvenience it’s best to make two trips or utilize a trailer to distribute the weight.
In the landscape industry it’s best to buy a truck that is rated for the work your plan on using it for. Three-quarter ton trucks make for a good starter vehicle along with a trailer. They are versatile and usually heavy enough for light jobs. You can then move into to your class three (10,001–14,000 lb) and four (14,001–16,000 lb) trucks for heavier applications.
Warning: do not buy Kumho truck tires! My experience.