Getting Loaded a Problem-Free Affair with Michelin XZM
Punctures and tyre related downtime are virtually a thing of the past for the forklift fleet operated by Red Funnel Distribution. The distribution arm of cross Solent ferry operator Red Funnel reports this absence of snafus has occurred since fitting its 2.5 tonne Komatsu and 3.5-tonne Toyota forklifts, which operate five days a week loading and unloading containers and trailers en route to and from the Isle of Wight, with Michelin XZM radials.
“The switch to Michelin was a radical new approach for us, as in the past we had relied upon a low cost brand,” says Red Funnel Distribution operations manager Nick Kirkby. “Since fitting Michelin XZMs, we are seeing a number of cost savings ranging from extended tyre life to reduced requests for a mobile fitter to attend.”
Describing the tyres in question, Michelin states that in addition to offering a long tyre life, the XZM provides high levels of traction combined with low rolling resistance – features that make it suitable for fitment to almost all makes and model of forklift truck. The XZM, Michelin adds, also offers significantly improved driver comfort compared with solid tyres thanks to better shock and vibration absorption which ensures better load protection, reduced machine wear and fewer shocks being transmitted to the driver, which should help to reduce fatigue and back pain. A third stated benefit comes in the shape of resistance to cuts and damage, combined with the strong wear characteristics associated with all Michelin industrial tyres – qualities Michelin is confident will pay dividends through reduced downtime and excellent cost-per-hour benefits.
“In switching to Michelin XZM radial tyres, we now have maximum forklift fleet availability as we are no longer suffering tyre failures or related issues,” adds Kirkby. “Tyre wear appears more even and drivers are reporting increased grip over a range of surfaces.”