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Save Money By Retreading Used Truck Tire Casings

The costs of owning and operating a semi truck--let alone a fleet of trucks--are higher than ever. For that reason, many operators are hunting for ways to lower the amount of money they are forced to put into overhauling their truck. One great strategy for saving money is to give old tires a second lease on life by having the casing retreaded. This article will catch you up to speed by introducing some basic information about this process.

Benefits Of Retreading 

As noted above, the primary benefit of retreading a used tire is the money it will save you when compared to the cost of investing in a completely new tire. These savings can be quite significant--as much as two-thirds of the cost of a new tire, according to one source. And provided the casing remains in good structural condition, you may easily have it retreaded two, three, or even four times in its lifespan. Not only will this lower your overall expenses, but it will lower your carbon footprint, which is always a beneficial thing in a world more and more focused on making “green” choices. 

The Retread Process 

Unless you are a large enough company that you can staff a department to retread your own tires, chances are you will be sending old tires out to retread plants. The first thing that will happen at a such a plant is that any remaining tread rubber will be ground off the casing. This helps to ensure that the new tread will be able to fit around the casing. To maximize the number of miles you get out of a tire, it is recommended to delay retreading until the tread has been worn down to between 6/32” and 8/32”.