As a heavy equipment rental service in the Philippines, we know well how important conducting regular maintenance is for our units. It keeps each machine in excellent condition and always ready for our next client to use in their project.
An important part of the equipment that should never be overlooked is the tires. They are integral to the longevity and productivity of your machinery and should always be taken care of. And that also extends to the tires’ pressure. If the tires are inflated at the right pressure (as per manufacturer instructions), they help the equipment be more fuel-efficient and faster at work. You save more of your time and budget with just taking a moment to take a look at your tires.
What happens if you inflate your tires too little or too much?
In general, there are a few problems that under and over-inflation both share. They affect your equipment’s stability, handling, and cause your tires to wear out faster. Either way, they both can lead to delays and emergency repairs. Worst-case scenario, they might even cause accidents on site.
But here are some issues that you face when you under-inflated and over-inflate your tires, respectively.
Why You Shouldn’t Under-Inflate
Under-inflated tires are slow to respond, so there will be a significant dip in the equipment’s performance. Steering difficulties will be easy to notice and you might find that the machine is eating up more fuel than usual.
It also means that there is too much of the tire’s surface area that is in contact with the ground. The more there is of the tire on the ground, the more friction it builds up. And since there is more friction, the tire can quickly overheat and blow up.
But Don’t Over-Inflate As Well
While under-inflation causes the tire to sag too much into the ground, over-inflation does the opposite. It decreases the amount of surface area that tire has on the ground, so much that you lose traction and compromise your stability. Not only that, but the tires are also at more risk of being damaged by potholes and debris without you noticing.
How To Check If Your Tires Are Not Properly Inflated
Because they are sagging too much, under-inflated tires tend to wear out quickly at the shoulders. Meanwhile, the treads of over-inflated tires are more worn out at the center because it is the area that is mostly in contact with the ground. Make sure to check regularly and increase or decrease the air in the tires as necessary!
As your trusted provider of construction equipment rentals in Davao, we here at WAVE Construction make sure that the units you’ll be renting are always in tip-top shape. And yes, that includes the tires! Helping your project become a success is always a priority to us.