Questions From A Truck Fleet Tire Purchasing Manager

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Alan B.'s Comment
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Hi everyone, new to the forum.

I recently took up a new role in my trucking company (regional application, 70-75 trucks, class 7) to try figure out what tires we should fit onto our trucks once the original OE tires wear out. Traditionally we've always stuck with the same brand (Michelin) but I'm currently reviewing whether we should be going for a new one as the Michelin's are pretty expensive.

So I'm wondering if any other tire/fleet managers out there could give me advice on:

1. What criteria you guys think through when deciding what tire brand to go with

2. What brands you guys find work best for your application (my fleet mostly operates as a regional one) / what are the tier 1 brands

Thanks a lot guys,

Al

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hello and welcome...

This forum is to educate and encourage new drivers and anyone considering becoming a truck driver. Because we are mostly company truck drivers, it would be better to ask on another forum.

Even a forum for truck owners might be a good idea.

PJ's Comment
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Welcome to the forum. I don’t know what are considered the best tires, I just know what works the best on my truck. I run Goodyear 572’s on my drives and Michelin X line’s on my steers. I am careful and diligent on my air pressures and these have given me the longest service life.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My company changed from michelins I'm pretty sure because of the cost. Maybe they'd be willing to share some statistics with you.

West Side Transport, Cedar Rapids IA. 319-390-4466. The maintenance managers name is Chuck. We have 550 power units.

PackRat's Comment
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I run Michelins all the way around- steers and drives. More expensive but less rolling resistance and mine have lasted more miles.

Alan B.'s Comment
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Thanks for all your responses guys! I'll also try out other forums too.

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