Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Pro and Cons of a Retread

A retread is a formerly worn tyre which has gone through a remanufacturing procedure specificly intended to prolong the life of a tyre. When a tyre goes through this process it first goes through a safety test. The remaining tread on the the tyre is buffed away and a new tread made of rubber is put on to the casing using specialist machinery through the use of heat, time and pressure. One reason that a retread may be less costly than a new tyre is that the major cost of manufacturing a tyre is in the body or casing. Whereas the tread signifies a small portion of the cost.

When your tyres are due for replacement and you're thinking of replacing them with retreads, here are some tips.

The number one concern with getting tyres should be safety. New tyres are usually best but are current retreads efficient and safe.

With retreads being substantially less costly than new tyres, there will be a safety impact but many purchase them purely for the environmental aspect. They are the most environmentally friendly way of recycling tyres as one tyre can be retreaded up to ten times but is it worth more than the protection of yourself or your loved ones.

Retreads are a worn tyre, with its tread replaced and are typically set aside for trailers and commercial vehicles, such as trucks. Some tyre retailers don't even bother selling them for cars as retreads are generally deemed a sub-standard alternative.

Retreads would have to adhere to specified safety standards. They're normally limited to lower speeds (usually 140km/h). There have been unbiased tests that have shown that retreads don't grip as well as new tyres. Many industry experts recommend steering clear of them in cars when it is quite straightforward to find relatively reasonably priced new tyres.

With most things in life, you simply get what you pay for. I think that the best thing to do and what I recommend is going for a new set of tyres. Also keep in mind that if you are environmentally sensitive, numerous new tyres have lower rolling resistance for better fuel economy. Tyre choice can help save you on fuel costs, which is what you need in an ever rising market where it doesn't look like any time soon that fuel costs will fall. So you can do your bit for the environment and your wallet by purchasing carefully and studying the brand and type of tyre you need. You may find it worth inquiring your tyre dealer that you would like to keep the old tyres out of landfill. As they might have recycling programs or know somewhere that does. There are pros and cons to both sides. We do know that irrespective of some studies money is preserved by using retreads, more specifically, military, aviation, trucking fleets, postal services and emergency services use retreads in their businesses.

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