We currently have our fleet of UD and Volvo curtain sider trucks running Atlas Balance Company plates and we are very happy with the results.
Given the condition of some of the roads we travel on wheel balancing is an issue, before fitting the balance rings drivers regularly complained of steering shake or shudder.
Since fitting the rings this problem has been eliminated altogether, also removing the need for our tyre fitter to remove and balance steer tyres at least two times in the life of the tyre.
The added bonus is that once you purchase the balance rings you have no more balancing costs as they will outlast most trucks.
– Gary Faulkner, Manager (Boonah Carrying Co Pty Ltd)
We have your products on three of our prime movers. One is a DAF XF 105, second is a T401 Kenworth Crane truck, the third is a T404 SAR Kenworth Crane truck. Over the last 18 months these three units have had improved tyre wear and steering.
The tyre’s wear more evenly and you don’t get those annoying shimmy’s at certain speeds when the tyres are half worn especially when you are on and off dirt roads. The Crane trucks are especially hard on steer tyres and this is where we have seen the most improvement with at least 20-25% extra kilometres, the DAF XF105 was a good truck on steer tyres anyway, but we are seeing a 10% increase in the Kilometres on it.
We Run Michelin Tyres on both Steer and Drive of our linehaul fleet, and BF Goodrich on our local fleet, the cost savings over the fleet on Steer tyres has basically paid for itself. The best part is the fact is that you get to use all the tyre tread instead of having to replace it when it is only half worn and the shoulder is gone or you get those uneven ripples through the case.
– Tony Abood, Owner (Aboods Crane Trucks Pty Ltd)
In the years working with the Atlas Balance Company team we have done many different trials on different pieces on equipment in our fleet. We have found that tyre wear with the Atlas Balance System has improved the tyre life by up to 30%.
A 30% increase in tyre life is a great saving to the bottom line which was very encouraging as well as improving the driveability of the unit and the flow on effect in helping with the driver fatigue issues that we all need to deal with.
We are pleased to be associated with the Atlas Balance Company and we are look forward to more tyre cost savings in the future.
– Jim Gleeson, Workshop Manager (Nolan's Interstate Transport)