Everything you need to know about MICHELIN® Earthmover tires
The tire is the only point of contact between the machine and the ground. You must make sure that the quality and performance of your tires are maintained to guarantee their performance and your safety.
Read the markings carefully
The markings on the sidewalls of your tires give information and guide you in the choice of product best suited to your needs.
Radial construction: R
Nominal section width of the tire (inches): 35
Tire series: aspect ratio: H/S = 0.65
Recommended rim diameter (inches): 33
Load capacity of the tire: **
Type of use:
Loader (L) with a deep tread sculpture (5)
Tire for loaders
Tread pattern: XMINED2
Choose your tires carefully
Choosing the right MICHELIN® Earthmover tire is essential to ensure that its performance is optimized.
Step 1: Define your use
The international classification defines 4 types of use. The classification of its use is indicated on the tire sidewall.
- C : Compactor
- G : Grader
- E : Earthmoving
- L : Loader and bulldozer
Step 2: Analyze your conditions of use and the nature of the surface
There are different depths and shapes of tread pattern. The choice of the type of tread pattern depends mainly on the surfaces or haul roads encountered: grip, risks of cuts, rapid wear. The optimum performance of the machine depends to a large extent on the choice of tire. The most suitable MICHELIN solution will vary according to your environment.
- 1 : Ribbed (normal trad depth)
- 2 : Traction (normal treadd depth)
- 3 : Normal (normal treadd depth)
- 4 : Deep : (deep tread)
- 5 : Very deep (very deep tread)
- 7 : Flotation (normal tread)
Step 3: Know your TKPH
To select the right tire, you need to know your TKPH. The TKPH (Ton Kilometers per Hour) or TMPH (Ton Miles per Hour) is in effect an essential characteristic of the working capacity of your tires. For the same tire size and tread pattern, there may be several types of rubber, each one associated with a different TKPH.
The TKPH and TMPH values are part of the tire characteristics.
They depend on the load capacity specific to each tire size, the number of miles permitted in an hour by type of tire, and are given for a standardized ambient temperature of 100 °F.
Fitting and removing a tire correctly
Correct fitting, carried out in accordance with the methods of work recommended and observing the safety rules in force provides protection for both personnel and equipment and enables the tire’s full potential to be used. Incorrect fitting may result in damage to the tire, the vehicle and/or people (serious or even fatal injury).
It is therefore imperative to have these operations performed by trained personnel with the appropriate equipment at their disposal.
For further information, see the Use and Maintenance Guide for MICHELIN® Earthmover tires.
Maintain your tires correctly
Tires must be inspected regularly to detect any irregular wear or possible damage. Any perforations, cuts or deformations visible on the tread, sidewalls or bead zone must undergo in-depth examination by a tire professional.
The same applies to any damage to the wheel.
Tread depth must always be checked at several points on the tire.
This check can be carried out using a depth gauge or by observation of the wear indicators in the tread (identified by a symbol on the shoulder when present).
Inflate your tires correctly
Correct tire inflation is an essential factor, not only as regards the optimisation of tire performance, but also as regards safety. Correct pressure is necessary for correct machine handling (traction, braking) and for maintaining the tire’s integrity.
Under-inflation and over-inflation, may have a significant effect on tire performance. An inadequate tire pressure leads to an abnormal rise in operating temperature and may result in irreversible damage to internal components and cause the destruction of the tire and rapid tire deflation.
Excessive pressure can cause rapid and irregular wear and lead to increased susceptibility to impacts (tread damage, casing failure).
The inflation pressure which must be observed is the pressure recommended by the tire manufacturer.
The pressure for a Michelin tire can only be given by your Michelin contact or by a tire professional who will take into account the tires condition of use (type of machine, nature of surface, cycle length, materials transported, loads, etc.).
Repair your tires properly
All repairs must be carried out by a trained and qualified professional. Repair is systematically preceded by a meticulous inspection of the tire by the professional.
Not all kinds of damage can be repaired. A tire which has run under-inflated or flat may have suffered irreversible damage, and only an exhaustive verification of the tire’s interior can decide whether or not the tire is going to be suitable for repair.
It is essential that the tire is removed so that a sound judgment can be made regarding its true condition and the type of repair to be made.
Store tires carefully
Storage must take place:
- In clean, airy, dry, temperate and well-ventilated premises, sheltered from direct sunlight and bad weather;
- Remote from any chemical substance, solvent or hydrocarbon likely to alter the nature of the rubber.
- Well away from any object which might penetrate the rubber (metal spike, wood, …);
- Distant from any source of heat, naked flames, incandescent bodies, equipment likely to emit sparks or electric discharges and any source of ozone (transformers, electric motors, welding sets, etc.).
Incorrect tire handling may cause irreparable damage, and may also have serious or even fatal consequences for the operator. With the aim of eliminating the risks of damage to the beads and the possible consequences, our advice is:
- do not lift a tire directly with the hook of a crane;
- use flat straps (not metal slings or chains);
- pick the tire up under the tread, not the beads when using a fork lift truck;
- comply with the safety instructions in force at the site.
Operators must be wearing suitable personal protective equipment.