Huws Gray a Michelin Convert Following Forklift Trial
Following a year-long trial using Michelin’s XZM tyres, Huws Gray Building Supplies has taken the decision to switch to Michelin product on its 60-vehicle forklift fleet. Michelin states that the 12-month trial with XZM tyres fitted to a Daewoo 30S forklift showed the Michelin tyre to offer reduced downtime and maintenance costs. The forklift was in operation for an average of six hours per day during the evaluation period, on a variety of surfaces ranging from concrete to asphalt and grit, and tyre inspections for wear and damage were conducted every six weeks.
“I had some initial concerns about the risk of punctures with moving from solid to pneumatic tyres but have been really impressed by the performance of the XZM product,” commented David Jones, transport manager at Huws Gray Building Supplies. “We have seen little wear to the Michelin tyres in the year since they were fitted and they have proved to be totally resistant to damage. In the same period a solid tyre operating with us would have worn heavily and needed replacing.
“We have also benefited from improved ride quality to the cushioning effect of the pneumatic XZM tyres, which has resulted in the forklift suffering less wear and tear which in turn means it required less maintenance,” Jones continued. “Drivers have reported that the truck has better grip and is more comfortable to drive – an important consideration as the guys use them all day.”
The XZM is designed by Michelin to last at least twice as long as solid or crossply tyres, with high levels of traction combined with low rolling resistance. A further intended benefit of the tyre is its resistance to cuts and damage. All these qualities, comments Michelin, add up to less downtime and excellent cost-per-hour benefits.
“The XZM tyres out-perform solid tyres in every area – including an increase in operating hours,” Jones added. “So we are switching the rest of the fleet over to Michelin to enjoy these benefits across our 33 branches in Wales and North West England.”
Tyre fitment and maintenance is to be managed by ATS Euromaster, including regular fleet inspections and associated tyre husbandry from the company’s local service centres throughout the country. As well as gradually replacing existing solid tyres across the fleet, any new forklifts acquired by Huws Gray Building Supplies will be specified with Michelin tyres as original equipment.