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The Pressure to Perform

The Pressure to Perform

 

Tire pressure is the manufacturers recommended inflation rate, variant on load, speed, and other components. Proper measures of tire pressure are read during cold inflation before the machine is operated. Checking the psi of each tire should be an essential part of any pre-use inspection.

Both under and over inflation of your machines tires will result in unnecessary wear, potentially leading to loss of control or accidents. Do not be fooled though, tire inspections should not just be done visually, tires can lose up to half of their pressure before appearing to be flat. This lack of proper inflation puts the tires at risk of tread loss and loss of structural integrity.

Lack of pressure will also cause bending when the tires move. This allows for build-up of internal heat, increasing resistance requiring the machine more fuel or more frequent stops to charge. The depletion of air may seem impossible in your machine’s new tires, but it is important to note that even properly maintained tires naturally leak pressure over time, up to 10% of the recommended weight.

Under Inflation

A machine with low tire pressure is at a reduced level of stability even in the most perfect operating conditions. Additionally, it is more complicated to make quick maneuvers when pressures are low. Even though 5 psi below the manufacturer’s guide can seem insignificant, it is important to acknowledge that in some machines that can be 20% of the tire’s recommended pressure.

Over Inflation

Having increased tire pressure leads to stiff, rough riding tires. The additional pressure allows for the machine to have less contact with the work surface below, which reduces stability. Over inflation can also lead to tires being easily damaged when contacting hazards that were not immediately noticed. Although it may be tempting to overinflate tires for heightened cornering response, it is important to keep machine operators safe with pressures kept at the recommended psi.

Performing with Confidence

Once you have determined the appropriate tire pressure recommended by the equipment manufacturer, you should add a pressure check to your pre-use inspection. This inspection should be done on all equipment, whether rented, leased, or owned. Recommendations may include several different pressures dependent on load, it is important to take the days tasks into account when determining the appropriate psi.

In several new machines tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) may be available. Please note, that even if this feature is installed, it is important to research how the monitoring occurs. With some systems, no alert will be set until the pressure has reached below 25% of the recommended weight. As we mentioned above, the reduced pressure can quickly cause accidents on the jobsite.

If the machine has been fitted for a different tire size than it was manufactured for, it is important to research the changes in necessary pressure. Many manufacturers include pressure recommendations for OEM tires and alternative tire sizes, be sure to reach out to your local Hugg & Hall for more tire specifications.

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Employee Spotlight : Conrad Haddan

Meet Conrad Haddan! 

Conrad Haddan sitting at a desk in front of a computer. She is wearing a ball cap with the Hugg &  Hall logo. She is smiling at the camera.

Conrad is a Parts Specialist at our Tulsa, OK branch. She joined the company in 2020. Her prior experience and vast knowledge quickly made her a customer favorite! 

As a Parts Specialist, Conrad helps customers, processes orders, files invoices, and assists other parts employees when needed. She enjoys getting to work with the Parts team, building relationships with customers, and gaining more parts knowledge. 

Larry Worley, Parts Warehouse Manager, said that Conrad “has been a godsend ever since she joined the team. She came in with a wealth of material handling knowledge from her time with a Nissan dealer. Her training was easy. It mostly consisted of becoming familiar with our systems and the Hugg & Hall procedures. She’s dependable, detailed, and has a great work ethic. We’re very pleased to have her on the team.” 

When she isn’t working, Conrad enjoys bartending on the weekends and hanging out anywhere with a pool table! She spends most of her free time with her wife Brandie, her daughters Brenna, Kylie, and Maggie, and their three pets. 

Hugg & Hall would like to send a huge thank you to Conrad for her go-getter attitude and exceptional customer service! We are lucky and thankful to have employees like Conrad. 

Want to read more about our awesome employees? Check out our employee spotlight page

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2020 and was updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in December 2022.

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