As a professional driver, you know the cost of replacing tires is a major expense. What if you could save on tire costs without sacrificing performance or safety? Retreading can help you do just that. Retreads are a sustainable, cost-effective way to rack up those miles. Whether you’ve considered retreads before or not, they are definitely worth looking into. To help with your evaluation, we’re debunking some of the most common retread myths.
Myth #1: Retreads are not safe.
One of the most tired retread myths we hear today is that they aren’t safe. But in fact, the safety of tires, whether new or retread, often comes down to care of their casings.
One of the most common causes of truck tire failures is underinflation. Underinflated tires experience excessive sidewall flexing, which causes them to run extremely hot. This buildup of heat can lead to tread and casing separation and unexpected blowouts. Needless to say, the safety of your tires largely depends on the maintenance practices you follow.
The overall quality of retreads has increased dramatically over the years, and retreading is held to the same standards of quality as new tires in terms of tread depth and other safety concerns. Today, retreading is a controlled process using advanced technology, equipment and comprehensive inspection techniques.
The TA Commercial Tire Network Retread Center, for example, uses nondestructive testing techniques at initial inspection and a high pressure inflation tester in the final stages of retreading, as well as the latest cutting edge Shearography equipment to ensure only quality casings are retreaded.
The truth is that new tires today are crafted to be retreaded, and only casings that pass a rigorous safety test are selected for the retreading process. Work with a quality manufacturer and take care of your casings, and you can expect the same level of safety as new rubber from your retreads.
Myth #2: Retreads don't perform as well as new tires.
The lower price tag of retreads might make it feel like you’re sacrificing performance, but many of the quality retreads available have proven to perform comparable to new tires. Plus, dependable tire performance is closely tied to choosing the right retreads for your application and establishing a tire maintenance routine.
You want to shop for retreads the same way you’d select a set of new tires. In order to achieve optimum performance, you must make sure you’re purchasing the right retreads for your application. Determining the position in which your retreads will be placed and what application they will be used in should be the first steps you take when purchasing tires.
You also might be surprised to find out that more than 80 percent of all aircraft tires in use in the U.S. today are retreads. From fighter jets to school buses, retreads move some of our most important cargo across many industries. If retreads didn’t perform, would they be used every day by ambulances, fire engines, aircrafts and more?
Work with a trusted tire partner and service provider to ensure you’re getting expert tire advice and quality retreads, like Goodyear and Bandag models, which are offered nationwide through the TA Truck Service Commercial Tire Network.
Myth #3: Retreads will only end up costing you more.
Did you know that retreading actually saves the trucking industry over $3 billion each year? The most expensive part of a tire is its casing. Since retreads are made using existing casings, they cost much less to produce than new tires. Manufacturers pass that savings on to their customers by selling retreads for less than the price of a similar new tire, and in fact, retreads can cost as much as 30 to 50 percent less than new tires.
Since the performance of today’s quality retreads is comparable to new tires, retreading is the most effective way to lower your total tire costs and increase the competitiveness of your business. With proper care and the right tire management program, retreads will indeed save you money both up front and in the long run.
Myth #4: Retreads wear faster and cause more blowouts than new tires.
Retreads have a reputation for causing that rubber debris often found on the side of the highway. However, studies show that 68 percent of tire debris collected on the highway actually comes from new tires, not retreads.
The reality is that retreads will wear at the same rate as new tires if you aren’t properly maintaining them. We know that tire failures, whether new or retread, are mostly related to improper inflation, among other culprits like worn parts, misalignment, overloading and more.
The easiest way to avoid tire related downtime is to implement a thorough tire management program that includes regular inspections and maintenance of all wheels and tires. Retreads are still a major investment and require engaged maintenance practices, like daily tire checks to ensure pressure levels are adequate and match the load being hauled.
Thanks to time and technology, modern retreads are made with a much higher level of quality than they were decades ago. And at TA Truck Service, we’re excited to introduce a new retread option to our customers—MaxTread by Bandag. Next time you need to make a tire purchase, talk to a TA Truck Service tire expert about which retreads might be a fit for you.