Ever wonder what kind of tires are used on cement trucks and why?
Cement trucks typically use specialized tires that are designed to withstand the heavy loads and demanding operating conditions of the construction industry. These tires are typically constructed with strong, durable materials such as steel or nylon cord to provide the necessary support and traction. Some are even made here in the Upstate of SC at Michelin plants.
The weight of a full cement truck, also known as a concrete mixer truck, can vary significantly depending on the size and capacity of the truck and the specific type of concrete being transported. However, a typical full cement truck can weigh anywhere from 26,000 to 80,000 pounds (11,800 to 36,300 kilograms) or more, depending on the size of the truck and the amount of concrete being carried.
Cement truck tires are typically made with thick, sturdy treads to provide good traction and to resist wear and tear from the abrasive nature of the concrete being transported. The treads on cement truck tires may also be designed with specific patterns or siping (small cuts in the tread) to improve grip and traction on wet or slippery surfaces. Cement trucks do not only travel on well paved roads but onto construction job sites all over the Upstate of SC that expose the tires to sharp rocks, rutting in the ground, and man made items like tools and nails.
In addition to the treads, cement truck tires are also designed with strong sidewalls to support the weight of the vehicle and its load. The sidewalls may be reinforced with additional layers of rubber or other materials to provide additional strength and support. Kevlar is even used in some construction tire construction.
Overall, the construction of cement truck tires is focused on providing the strength, durability, and traction needed to handle the demanding operating conditions of the construction industry. Visit our concrete FAQ page for more information about cement and concrete.
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