Modern Tire Dealer

OCT 2018

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M T D O c t o b e r 2 0 1 8 58 S m a l l O T R T i r e s other tire segment!). History has shown that expertise in tire design, materials, manufac- turing, and on-site advice on proper use will give a customer their best cost per hour. True tire professionals know this, and they make the most successful dealerships. THE OUTLOOK FOR BIAS TIRES Modern Tire Dealer also asked the respondents for their perspective on the future of bias tires. Alliance: Radials deliver a lot of ben- e•ts—longer service life, lower fuel consump- tion, more e•cient delivery of machine horsepower to the ground, and a smoother ride that's easier on operators and their equipment. ere's still life in the bias part of the segment, though. Radials deliver the best value on machinery that covers more ground, like scrapers, graders and trucks, or switches direction o-en, like loaders. We'll probably see continued use of bias in low-mileage machines like dozers, or in certain dump trucks or skid steers where operators want stiƒ sidewalls for extra stability as their center of gravity changes. Still, expect to see radials grow to dominate small OTR in the next several years. BKT: Bias will still be around for price and application reasons until a more cost eƒective alternative is available. Bias tires are also used in older and lower usage machines. In places thatˆtearˆup tires, customers will prefer toˆrun bias tires. Camso: Radial tires are gaining popularity for larger and faster-moving equipment, and tracks and solid tires have an impact on bias tires, too. However, bias remains very relevant for compact construction and applications where you need versatility and comfort, and it will continue in the future to be the case. Price-wise, it's also a very economical choice. Bias tires give a lot of options in terms of sizes and tread patterns. Continental: It really depends on the segment. In the general small OTR market, radials continue to expand and command the majority of the market. ere is still some demand for lower-priced and less sophisticated bias products that will persist for some time into the future, but that segment is steadily declining. Goodyear: We're seeing a trend toward radialization, even in small OTR tires. However, there is still a place for small, bias-ply OTR tires in certain applications. e thick, heavy sidewalls of bias tires can oƒer enhanced cut resistance in severe- service applications and extra stability in some loader applications. Michelin: is really depends on the machine and application.ˆ Bias tires are still a popular choice among many machines.ˆ For example, bias technology is still a popular choice for skid steer loaders and backhoe loaders. Other technology also has its place in the segment including radial and airless options. ˆ e importance is to understand the usage of the machine in order to determine the best solution.ˆ ˆ Pirelli: We feel the changeover is much slower than expected. TBC Brands: Currently, we do not see an extinction date for bias tires. is is due to the pricing gap that remains between bias and radial even with the bene•ts that could justify the cost in the long term. ere are also certain applications where bias tires provide bene•ts in stability over radial. e 24- and 25-inch radial tires will continue to gain share at the expense of the bias business, but in forkli-, skid steer and backhoe tires we expect bias to maintain a strong share of the market for the foreseeable future. Yokohama: Bias tires comprise approxi- mately 30% of the market, and more so in many of the smaller dimensions. is has been a relatively consistent level for better than 10 years (and all during that time "some" stated the demise of the bias ply). In many cases the bias oƒers characteristics that the radial cannot for a given application, in some cases stability, in others longer life and a better cost/hour for the customer. e reality is that there is no "extinc- tion" date in sight for bias tires. ey will be around and relevant for the foreseeable future and continue to play a strong role in the applications where the customer sees them as the best option. Never forget that the customer is still demanding these tires because they have seen how productive and e•cient they are and not because they are the only option. Q TBR TBR TIRES ENGINEERED FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLES AMERICAN-OMNI.COM PHONE | 281.600.TIRE

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