S&J Transport has opted for a 100% BFGoodrich tyre policy across its rigid and artic tipper fleet.
The family-run firm, whose trucks frequently deliver into quarries, construction sites and landfills, had previously fitted a budget band. However these were suffering from frequent damage, including bulges appearing in sidewalls and sudden tyre failure.
Brian Adams, who runs the workshop at Coleshill-based S&J Transport, said: “Previously we were fitting predominantly budget tyres as this lessened the financial impact of a tyre failure; but after trialling some of the new BFGoodrich fitments we’ve found we’re getting far better uptime. It’s having a positive impact on our tyre expenditure, fleet efficiency and overall safety.”
The latest vehicle to be fitted with BFGoodrich rubber, is the firm’s 19-plate Scania P410 8x4 tipper, which is equipped with an Abba Commercials Predator Utilite body. The previous set of 295/80 tyres have been replaced in favour of bigger 315/80 R22.5s.
Adams said: “They have transformed the Scania. The new truck came on steel wheels, but we’ve bought a set of aluminium wheels to go with the new BFGoodrich rubber, and the truck looks fantastic”.
Adams added that there is a more aggressive tread pattern to them, “which gives us the traction we need when the going gets rough. The drivers like them and switching sizes has pushed the ground clearance too”.
The American tyre brand has been owned by Michelin since 1990.