Turn to STTC For Commercial Truck Tires for Every Application
For over sixty years, Service Tire Truck Centers have provided top-quality commercial truck tires and tire-related services in the Northeast. We’re proud to stock the absolute best in tires for working vehicles, with a wide selection of options suitable for any application. When you’re looking for top value for your investment, turn to STTC.
Tires from All the Brands You Trust
We carry commercial truck tires from all the top names, including Michelin Truck Tires, Goodyear Tires, Yokohama Tires, Dunlop Tires, BFGoodrich Tires, Cooper tires, Kelly Tires, and Uniroyal. We work closely with our suppliers, staying up to date with their breakthroughs and new releases, ensuring that the best and latest in tire technology is always available to you from STTC.
When you buy commercial truck tires from STTC, you’re getting exceptional long-term value. By bringing your tires back to us for our Michelin retreading services, you can see an exceptional ROI by extending their lifespan at far lower costs than buying new tires. Our tires can be retreaded multiple times, and if retreading isn’t for you we’ll offer you casing credit once they’re worn down.
Tires for Every Industry
We carry full lines of tires for oversized and heavy-machinery applications as well, including earthmovers, refuse collection, agricultural vehicles, construction equipment, and emergency vehicles. We can outfit municipal vehicles, passenger buses, or even consumer-grade vehicles.
In every case, our expert service technicians will consult with you on your vehicle and its usage profile, to select the right tires from our vast selection. When you purchase commercial tires from STTC, you can be sure you’re getting optimal performance with the lowest possible operating cost.
The following content digs deep into Commercial Truck Tires, but feel free to jump to any section that interests you:
Table of contents:
- Tips for choosing the right commercial truck tires
- Four Ways Your Tires Can Affect Your Fleet Operating Costs
- Can driving habits impact on the longevity of your tires?
- Why tire care is important?
- Ready rack mounted tires
- What are the best commercial truck tires in the marketplace?
- Tire pressure monitoring systems
- Wheel balancing ForceMatch® HD System
- What is wheel reconditioning?
Tips for Choosing the Right Commercial Truck Tires
Most fleet operators are committed to selecting the highest quality, reasonably priced equipment for their vehicles. But oftentimes it can be difficult to find the right commercial truck tires for the latest trucks. Our team at STTC has decades of experience selling the highest quality commercial truck tires in the marketplace, and in this latest post, we’ll present our tips for choosing the right commercial truck tires for your application.
Take the load capacity into consideration
If you’re driving across the United States with heavy equipment and other bulky loads, your tires are going to be under significant strain. Make sure you take load capacity into full consideration when choosing your commercial truck tires. Ask the manufacturer about the capacity and the potential performance under various stress levels. This can help ensure you keep your drivers safe and your vehicles in peak condition.
Consider off-road options
One of the major mistakes many fleet operators make is relying on tires designed for road operations for off-road driving. These tires aren’t built for rough terrain and they can cause a safety problem for the vehicle if you drive on rough terrain over multiple days. Off-road tires are designed with hardier rubber compounds and stone ejectors to remove debris.
Gain extra control with steer tires
Another important consideration is maintaining steering control during wet and wintery conditions. And that’s why many fleet operators are now adding steer tires to their vehicles. Steer tires are designed specifically to be mounted in the front axle position and help channel water away from under the tire surface to keep the rubber in contact with the road. One aspect of steer tires to consider is appropriate maintenance. When you experience a flat with a steer tire, you’ll recognize it immediately as the vehicle won’t move normally on the road and will be more difficult to control. This means it’s important to buy high-quality steer tires designed to withstand rough road conditions and to maintain them at proper inflation pressures.
Four Ways Your Tires Can Affect Your Fleet Operating Costs
With all costs of operating a trucking company going up, and fuel costs consistently volatile, fleet managers and drivers are consistently looking for ways to lower their costs. While often overlooked, a truck’s tires can have a major impact on their overall profitbility. Properly managed and maintained, tires can reduce costs – but poor choices can lead to needless waste.
From buying the right new tires for the right application to saving money through tire retreading, there’s a lot you can do with your truck tires that will lower your overall operating costs.
Four Ways Your Tires Can Lower Operating Costs
1- Keeping tires properly inflated
This is such a commonplace maintenance issue, yet we constantly see both fleet managers and owner-operators who overlook it: Always keep your tires properly inflated. It doesn’t take very long to double-check inflation, and many modern trucks include tire pressure sensors. Tires which are properly inflated will have lower rolling resistance, higher fuel efficiency, will perform optimally, and wear more evenly. All of these will reduce the need for replacements.
2- Proper treads
A tire with worn-out treads isn’t only at risk of experiencing a blowout on the road – it’s also costing you money. If the tires are continually worn down, you will eventually lose a casing (which can be viewed as an asset) that can be either retreaded or sold for a casing credit. Also, very low treads will reduce traction and braking ability.
3- Tire retreading
One of the more pernicious myths about tire retreading is that it will lower tire performance or fuel efficiency. This is simply not true. When you have a tire retreaded by a certified shop, the result is a tire which is at least as good -if not better- than it was originally. Retreads cost far less than new tires while delivering excellent, like new, on-road performance. Also, some retreads are even SmartWay certified.
4- Choose tires based on position
This is where expert tire advice can come in handy. Not all tires are created equal, and some will be better at different roles – such as drive wheels, versus those beneath a trailer axle. Your rear wheels, in particular, should have tires suitable for typical loads you haul. Getting customized choices here, based on your individual driving and hauling patterns can pay off substantially over time.
Here’s an infographic that contains a full Truck fleet cost reduction checklist to ensure that you’re achieving full value of your money.
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The Driving Habits that Can Extend the Life of Commercial Truck Tires
Commercial truck tires are only able to perform as long as the vehicle owner maintains them effectively. And so it’s important to understand how to extend tire life and performance. Our team has significant experience in this area, and in this latest post, we explain more about how to extend the life of commercial truck tires.
Rotate the tires regularly
One simple way to keep tires in top condition for the years ahead is to rotate tires regularly. The rotating process ensures that tires wear evenly across all sides. We know that front tires wear more quickly on the shoulders and rear tires wear quicker in the middle. Rotating tires so the pressure is away from these areas can help keep them in optimal condition.
Offer clear guidance regarding maintenance issues
It’s important that your team knows how to respond should they experience maintenance issues while on the road. Do they try to repair the tire themselves or do they wait for assistance from a specialist within the company? Make sure that teams are trained for all maintenance challenges and that any work they complete on the tire will be completed to the highest of standards.
Monitor inflation carefully
Proper tire inflation is essential to the safe operation of the vehicle. We also know that tires that are underinflated wear more quickly on the tire shoulders, while an overinflated tire will wear quickly in the middle. Making sure that each tire is inflated according to its specifications can help minimize blowouts and other maintenance challenges in the miles ahead.
Purchase quality products
All the maintenance recommended by industry professionals isn’t going to have a significant impact on your operations if you don’t begin by purchasing quality commercial truck tires for your vehicle. Make sure you take the time to buy the right tires for the various vehicle applications within your fleet and speak with several manufacturers and suppliers about the options available.
Complete comprehensive visual inspections
The team working with your commercial vehicles should have significant experience completing visual inspections of the truck tires. Make sure that the company has a dedicated process each driver must go through before they set out on the road. This can ensure that tire problems such as under-inflation and non-alignment can be resolved within the shortest possible timeframe.
What You Need to Know to Maintain Your Commercial Truck Tires
Your commercial truck tires are critical to helping drivers maintain their safety on the road. And so it’s important that you know as much as possible about your commercial truck tires and their maintenance. Our team at STTC has extensive experience in this area of the marketplace, and within our latest post, we’re highlighting what you need to know about commercial truck tires.
Perform a pre-trip inspection for full road safety
One of the first items that new drivers in your fleet should learn is how to perform a pre-trip inspection. Drivers should know the optimal inflation level for the tire used on their truck. They should also know how to check for punctures within the tire and that the tire is safely placed on the vehicle for optimal performance on the road.
Wash the tires and the wheels regularly
A leading cause of dangerous driving conditions is dirt. Make sure that your fleet’s tires and wheels are protected by having them cleaned and reconditioned regularly. This can prevent the buildup of dirt, oil or grease that might enter into the wheel and cause significant component damage and erosion. Ensure that your drivers are trained to recognize the damage that dirt can cause in the vehicle’s wheels and tires.
Learn the signs of tire trouble
Commercial truck tires are designed for the highest levels of performance and long-term durability, but a tire puncture can occur at any point during a journey. And so it’s important that your drivers are trained to recognize the signs of under-inflation from a slow leak. One of the most common signs is the vehicle pulling in one direction while the driver has trouble steering correctly and premature tire wear. Training drivers to recognize this problem, as well as the other signs of an under-inflated tire can help enhance vehicle safety significantly.
Discuss the parts of the tire with drivers
Drivers should also be able to accurately communicate tire issues with maintenance teams to reduce the amount of time it takes to complete repair work on their tires. This means that each driver should know the various parts of the tire. They should be able to tell the difference between the sidewall and the inner liner, for example. Make sure that you educate your drivers regarding the different parts of the tire and how to determine which area of the tire is experiencing the maintenance issue.
The Fundamentals of Tire Wear
Why Tire Care is Important?
Gas prices are at an all-time high, and millions of Americans are suffering. One of the better ways to get better gas mileage is to have a strong set of tires.
Getting your tires retreaded can help them last longer and reduce the amount of stress placed on your vehicle, allowing it to run more smoothly and not eat up as much gas. Retreads are custom-fit to each tire and smoothly grafted on with a strong adhesive to protect the inner tread. With the tire’s new tread you are assured a smoother ride with a stronger grip on the road.
Tire retreads have become a staple of the commercial trucking industry as drivers have saved up to $2 billion dollars a year by opting for retreads as opposed to brand-new tires. The usage of tire retreads by these kings of the road proves their safety, security, and ability to work with almost any vehicle.
STTC’s custom fitting is how we are able to provide retreaded tires to not only truckers, but for earthmover applications as well. Earthmover retreads are designed and custom-fit to each of your existing tires, just as commercial retreads are, so they provide exceptional support and stability on even the toughest of terrains.
Getting your tires retreaded once their tread has worn off is one of the best ways to get more life out of your existing tires. Retreads can be custom-fit to almost any vehicle from commercial trucks to trailers to earthmovers, and they can help save your vehicle the strain of dealing with old, worn-out tires.
Comprehensive Preventative Truck Tire Maintenance Program
STTC’s comprehensive preventative truck tire maintenance programs are designed to minimize downtime and keep vehicles running at peak performance.
Performed by certified STTC personnel, preventative maintenance is customized to meet your needs but typically includes:
- Inflation and flat-tire checks using calibrated air gauges
- Tread depth measurement
- Inspection of tires for damage such as flat spots, cuts, abrasion, tread lifts, mismatched tires, unusual wear patterns, etc.
- Truck Wheel inspection to detect misaligned valve stems, spun wheels, missing valve caps, damaged wheels, leaking oil seals, etc.
- Tightening of wheel nuts to correct torque
- Checks for other vehicle damage that could cause downtime
All STTC service vehicles are equipped with torque sticks, torque wrenches, calibrated air gauges, jack stands, wheel chocks, tire cages, and safety cones to ensure that all preventative maintenance work is done correctly and safely.
Ready rack mounted tires
Reduce inventory costs, increase vehicle uptime, and ensure peace of mind with STTC’s Ready Rack pre-mounted tire program.
Ready Rack guarantees that you have wheel-mounted tires ready to roll at all times, every one of them mounted, inflated, and inspected to the highest STTC standards.