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235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test – 3D Car Shows-Pellon Tyres

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

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General Grabber AT wins second consecutive local 4×4 tyre test General Grabber dominates Drive Out / WegRy all-terrain tyre evaluation Top scorer in off-ro

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

Source: 3d-car-shows.com

General Grabbers are a winner

Hear in Halifax UK, we are lucky enough to be living in a very hilly area. We are in the foot of the Pennine Mountain range that straggles the centre of the UK. We are also a farming area and the towns and cities soon turn into a rural setting, full of sheep farms in the upper regions.
I am explaining this because these guys are the main ones that buy and indeed need 4×4 vehicles to get them around, especially in winter time. We are in a good central area to be able to sell tyres to these farmers, (and repair millions of punctures?).
The farmers of Yorkshire are well known for not parting with their money, so we have to offer them value for money, as the y always want “something for nothing”.

At one time remoulds were popular for their Land Rovers, but these were in the early days of cross ply tyres, sizes like 600×16 and 750×16 on the long wheel base Land Rovers.
As the years rolled on the 4×4 vehicles became fitted with radial tyre sizes and many new makes of tyres were introduced into the country. Some came from America, where the 4×4 market was huge. Even the normal guy on the street would own a pick-up truck.

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

In the beginning the tyres were imported. Hence, by the bigger tyre companies. Such as Goodyear and some of their subsidiaries . Including Kelly tyres. As a result , who were famous in the States for some of their wide and large 4×4 tyres. Thus. it became a big thing to see how large a tyre you could fit on your 4×4 truck. Smaller companies started to import tyres into the UK . Hence, for the 4×4 market. Including Cooper tyres, BF Goodrich and General Tyres.
These tyres had a huge following in the USA. Consequently, were well advertised in the 4×4 magazines. That were being sold here in the UK. This also corresponded with the increase in the popularity of the 4×4 trucks. Thus, that were now appearing here in the UK. Their popularity was kick started by many farmer’s sons. Who were going off the traditional Land Rovers. So then  onto the American style pickup trucks. That were at the time being imported by Mitsubishi and Nissan.
The tyre that was racing ahead in popularity became the BF Goodrich (BFG), which was an on/off road tyre. This means that the tyre was comfortable to drive on a normal tarmac road, but as equally good when driven off road in the fields and mud and snow. BFG were the one to beat but in my opinion became too expensive.

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General Grabber AT2 4x4x tyre

People started to try other cheap tyre products in the 4×4 tyre range and this is where the General Grabber came into its own. General Grabber was at first an American tyre, but became one of the victims of the tyre take over war, and was bought by Continental tyres, to fit into their product range as their 4×4 tyre.

235/70×16- General Grabber AT wins 4×4 Tyre Test

This is what gave the General Grabber more recognition and it was not long before tyre retailers such as us were selling these tyres to the 4×4 market.
The General Grabber began to outsell the BFG tyres, with their AT (all traction) range of on/off road tyres. The other good advantage they had was that they were also priced in a lower price bracket, which suited the farmers and builders that were the main users of these types of vehicles.

The General Grabber still remains very popular today with updated versions of the tread patterns.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Tyres online from our website

Pirelli tyres to supply BRDC F4 Championship – The Checkered Flag

Pirelli tyres

Pirelli tyres
Pirelli tyres are to take over the supplying of tyres to the F4 racing teams from Yokohama tyres.

The entrants in the 2015 BRDC F4 Championship will race with the same tyre manufacturer as Formula 1, GP2 and GP3 after officials agreed a …

Pirelli tyres

Unfortunately Yokohama were outbid by Pirelli tyres in their quest to supply F4 cars with tyres in the 2015 season.

Tyres like anything else come with a price.Yokohama were undercut in the pricing game. Therefore, the tyre contract was awarded to Pirelli tyres.

I do not not think that this has any detriment. Hence, to the quality of Yokohama tyres. They have proved to be a great product for F4 in the past. But just a decision made on price.

In my opinion, for what it is worth. I think that it is all coming together at last for the Giant Italian tyre company. This in my eyes includes the full spectrum of products. Thus, from the regular car tyres that Pirelli supply. As a result, right up to The F1 racing tyres and all in-between.
The F1 series did not do Pirelli tyres any favours. Because, they experimented with different treads and compounds.

Pirelli tyres

As in most things one product does not necessarily suit all. Racing teams were up in arms. As things did not go right in the tyre department. But as time went on Pirelli  started to straighten themselves out. I think that the race teams became more confident. After all Pirelli  are a great company and they are no fools. Anyhow, as far as making tyres is concerned.

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Pirelli ice runflat a product probably developed from the car rally scene

Pirelli are expecting the 2015 race season to be run at a faster pace and will adopt a more aggressive approach. The first year in 2013 saw Pirelli tyres taking a few hits as they grappled with the different tyre compounds, that brought them some bad publicity, but 2014 brought them a much quieter year and saw them regain some ground. One of the reasons could have been something to do with the new racing rules that were introduced, taking the ball away from Pirelli  for a change.
Pirelli tyres think that the F1 tyres will be pushed harder again in 2015.

Pirelli tyres

However with the start of the 2015 season, Pirelli tyres are expecting that their tyres will be once again pushed to the limits with the development of the F1 cars engines. The F1 cars are thought to be going to be pushed harder this year which will put extra pressure on the tyres once again.
Pirelli  will be keeping things much the same in 2015. With the possible exception of super soft compound tyre. Which will have a much broader heat range offering the racing teams extra chances in the correct driving conditions. This tyre is going to be used on the rear of the car and will be another short development in the progression of the F1 tyre development.

Pirelli tyres also take over the supply of tyres to F4 racing

In another development.  Pirelli  have secured the contract to supply tyres to the BDRC F4 cars for the 2015 race season. This contract was previously held by the excellent Yokohama tyres of Japan. I have to say though that this is not a bad reflection on Yokohama tyres, the deal was carried out on a purely monetary basis, with a few politics thrown in.

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Pirelli are also supplying a variety of rally tyres to various rally groups and in my opinion are now extending the good name that they are now receiving from tyre development in general bringing out excellent tyre products across the entire car marketplace.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Pirelli Tyres online from our website

Source: www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk

 

Pothole Britain-Pot Holes to be tackled with new Government money

Pothole Britain

Pothole Britain-Potholes to be tackled at last?

As a keen blogger and the owner of a tyre business and garage, I am always interested in the things that affect my work and over the years one of the big things that have concerned me has been the dreaded “pot holes”.
It is perhaps one of the things that the north south divide has plagued us with. I mean it seems to me that the north has many more potholes than the south. Even going as far back as the Beetles, the now famous lines of, “four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire”, comes to mind.

Pothole Britain
Broken alloy wheel caused by hitting a pothole

However I can’t help thinking that although a negative thing, this is always good for business and these pot holes have disabled many a thousand tyres and broken just as many car suspensions and springs.
However it appears that the problem has come home to our MP’s in London and it has been announced that £6 billion is to be allocated to local councils to tackle the problem and try to improve our roads. The money is to be released between 2015 and 2021. This will be additional funding and should help them carry out the work without affecting the tax payers.
For more reading… https://www.gov.uk/government/news/6-billion-funding-to-tackle-potholes-and-improve-local-roads.

Pothole Britain

In my opinion, many of the potholes that we now see in our roads . Thus, have been caused by the huge amount of resurfacing. Hence, that has gone on over the past four winters. Here in the Halifax area of Yorkshire. Many of the gritting trucks have a snow plough attachment. Connected to the front and i have noticed that the small wheels that help the heavy snow shifting blade are missing on some of the vehicles, which can cause the roads to tear and eventually break up, eventually turning into a potholes.

Other causes are when the wet starts to freeze. The damaged area then deteriorates more as the traffic runs over it. Causing the actual hole to appear. The tarmac surface breaks up down to the hardcore and a larger hole then starts to form.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

 

Electric cars-Not so eco-friendly – CNBC

Electric cars

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Electric cars

All-electric cars powered by coal electricity are potentially less Eco-friendly than their gas-powered counterparts.

Source: www.cnbc.com

This is something that many of have been saying all along? Electric cars are not green because they charge up on coal fired power stations?

Dirty Power Stations are Powering our so called “Green” Electric cars.

This is not a new idea; in fact it is one of those stories that will not go away . Because of the politicians who have set the world racing. Hence, to beat their self-set climate emissions controls targets. In my opinion what they really want is alternative energies. Other than the costly price of oil. To replace gas driven cars with electric cars.
All the leading national governments. Began to throw huge amounts of money into their universities. Thus, to help discover alternative fuels. For the reason, that are greener and more sustainable than oil. I must admit that I am impressed with the new research and development. Hence, that has come along in the past ten years. But at what cost. After all wasn’t the world supposed to be in a huge recession?

Electric cars

In my own field of business. Then there have been massive developments. Consequently, in battery technology. So, and even the tyre companies are making an effort to produce more fuel efficient tyres. Of course, that enable vehicles to reduce their emissions. Thus, by fitting these tyres to their products.
However, I cannot get it out of my head. Incredibly, that these electric cars that are now being produced.

Therefore, are being charged up by electricity that is produced by “dirty” electricity.
Dirty electricity. Means that the power companies are using fossil fuels. Such as “coal” and “gas” .Hence, to produce the electricity that will eventually charge up these electric cars. I think that we are all been hoodwinked. By our governments into pretending that they are going to save the world. By make it a much greener place, or even a totally greener place? But I may be pessimistic but I don’t think it will ever happen.
Coal is still a cheap form of energy. Although the UK says that we are going to use more nuclear power. We are talking years ahead. Anyway nuclear power surely cannot be classed as “green fuel”.Look what recently happened in Japan. A horrific accident, on one of their nuclear power stations.

Electric cars

The next problem to come along will be the problem of regulating the power companies and controlling the ever increasing growth of home solar panel units and the ability of the public to be able to control their use. At the moment we are restricted to the number of panels we can fit onto each household roof, but in my opinion we should be able to fit as many as we like and produce as much clean solar energy as we can, but sadly NO, we are restricted from pressure by the utility companies and can only produce so much power to go back into the national grid.

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I feel that I am drifting a little now, but I cannot see how issue of dirty electric can be cleaned up, and one other thing? the price of oil is now tumbling on the world’s oil markets and I wonder what effects this will have on the price of developing alternative energies?
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

 

Michelin Winter Tyres- Attachment Mummy

Michelin Winter Tyres

Michelin Winter Tyres

‘It’s not just snow drivers need to be worried about’ @AttachmentMumma looks at @MichelinTyres’ tyre safety research http://t.co/6Sx2LSvAwZ

Source: www.attachmentmummy.com

Wow a great article to read!!!

Michelin winter tyres and Mums

This is a great time for the tyre trade in general. Because of the good vibrations that I am picking up from female friendly organisations. Thus, that are educating their online readers with information about tyre related topics.
The one I have recently picked up on. Has been published by an organisation known as “Mumsnet” and posted on www.attachmentmummy.com .
This organisation interviewed women. Asa result, about their knowledge of winter tyres and tyre matters in general. I have published the questions and answers. Hence, on my blog in the same graphic style. In general the answers were what we could expect.But I was impressed with the number of women. Who did know about tyres and in particular winter tyres. In fact 62% of the ladies that were interviewed. Therefore, said that they would consider buying winter tyres for their cars. This figure falls in line with the big picture . Of the increase in winter tyre sales in the UK. Hence, over the past five or six years and most tyre companies are taking the winter tyre market very seriously now here in the UK.
This has also been driven by a string of bad winter weather, in fact as I am writing this post, the forecast is for bad weather conditions for the next two weeks and this will strengthen the demand for the winter tyre products. Michelin winter tyres are a favourite amongst the big car owners such as the BMW’s and the Mercedes, with the rest of the market being shared by the other companies that manufacture winter tyre products.

Mums buying Michelin winter tyres is not a new thing

The trend of women becoming more advanced in the knowledge of their cars is nothing new to me. I have been writing about the advancement of the female drivers for a few years now. No longer is the car the domain of the man? You only have to look in your own family circle to realise the number of female drivers and car owners that there is. One of the first things a young woman will do when she leaves school or college is to pass her driving test and buy her first car.

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Ladies are now very compitent when t comes to buying tyres

When I was young the girls were not interested in cars and preferred to leave the driving to the boy’s, but now the situation has equalised and a young women is just as likely to buy a car has a young male, how the tide has changed.
This change has been picked up by the large tyre companies, with their adverts now targeting female drivers, such as this joint article, backed by Michelin. Indeed I am convinced that the tyre industry on the whole will be run by a mixture of male and female staff, as females get more and more interested in working in the car industry.
Many tyre companies now employ female staff, indeed my depot managers is a woman and does an excellent job, with the added extra benefit of being able to communicate with our increasing number of female customers.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres

Dunlop Winter Tyres

dunlop winter tyres
New Dunlop winter tyres

A leading manufacturer of passenger, sport, performance, truck and SUV tyres.

Source: www.dunlop.eu

Dunlop are not at the forefront of winter tyres development.

The product is probably as good as any other tyre manufacturers winter tyres but, the are not very well published, at least not in the Yorkshire area of the UK.

I will however do my next winter tyre article about the Dunlop winter tyres product because it is something that i have sold all my life.

Dunlop winter tyres

I think that it must be a nationwide thing. Now that the drivers in the UK are switching to safer tyres in winter time. It has taken a few years to sink in. But all the hard work that the tyre industry has put into the cause is now paying off and as a result Britain’s roads will be a safer place to drive on this winter.
The other countries in the EU have been way ahead of us in the past. Even passing national laws to make drivers fit winter tyres. This move was led by the Germans and quickly spread to other European countries. I know that the islands that make up the UK have a maritime climate. But I am convinced that the weather is now going through a colder stage, making our winters more unpredictable.
We can have cold and snowy weather at any time between November and the following March and so it is best to be well prepared and make sure that your car is also well prepared by fitting winter tyres.

Dunlop Winter Tyres; catching up with winter tyre development

As regular readers of my blogs will know.  I used to work for Dunlop many years ago. Thus I have a soft spot for the one time giant tyre company. Dunlop rally tyres were once one of the favorites. The tyres were fitted on rallies all over the country. The winter tyre market has helped the development, from the trials and tribulations of rallying, learning many things, such as tread design along the way.
Dunlop tyres seemed to fall behind in my opinion and the other great tyre companies led by Michelin moved ahead in the winter tyre market place, developing a large string of great winter tyre products.

Dunlop Winter Tyres

However Dunlop now appears to be catching up with their latest winter tyres the Winterport D4 and D3 and the M3 and the Winter-response tyres. These four winter tyres will cover the range of different performing cars in the market place. From your regular road cars, to the large sedans from Germany, such as the BMW’s and Mercedes.
Dunlop also uses the latest silica compounds and multi sipes to dissipate the slush and water that the winter will throw at them. The new Dunlop’s look a good product to me and will fit into the already huge winter tyre market.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Dunlop Tyres online from our website

www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion extract in the compound.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Believe it or not my other interest in life other than a garage owner has been my love of nature and keeping different animals as pets. One of my favorite pets to keep in the beginning was rabbits and guinea pigs. These animals have always been a good type of animal to keep when starting out looking after pets. Some people think it is cruel to keep animals in small living quarters, but I am convinced that it set me on the road to become a sensible caring person in later life and as a businessman, passing good attributes onto my staff, to help create a good working environment.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion
The humble dandelion will now be used to help make new tyres.

To get back to the point, I used to walk a couple of miles each morning to collect greens to feed my animals with. One of their favorite greens was the humble dandelion. The thing that many people will notice about the dandelion is that when you pick them, they leek out a sticky white substance. I used to wonder if ever this liquid could ever have a beneficial use, in medicine or industry.
When I grew up and went into the tyre industry I always wondered about the similarity of the dandelion juice and the latex that was drawn from trees to manufacture rubber. It was also similar to a product that was used to self- seal tyres if they had a small puncture with, a white sticky latex type substance.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

I could not believe that now in my later years. Continental tyres have worked together with an organisation known as the “Fraunhofer Institute”. To actually develop this by-product of nature. Latex from the dandelion plant. As a result, into making tyres. Thus  the very thing that has kept me and my family in a living all these years. The molecular structure of the humble dandelion is very similar to the latex. Which is grown for the tyre and rubber industry. Naturally, in vast forests in warmer parts of the world.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion
Russian varieties of dandelions will be grown in vast quantities.

The plants that have been used are a variety of dandelion from Russia. Hence, and can be grown anywhere in the temperate regions of Europe.

They have been grown in vast quantities all around the Continental factories. Throughout the continental Europe. This is a great environmental achievement. So and earlier this year (2014). Then the German tyre company was awarded an environmental and economic prize . Known as the “Green Tec Award” in the automobile category. Something that Continental tyres are truly proud off.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

The humble dandelion was always seen as a weed. hence, to many gardeners . But in recent times has been recognised as been one of the earliest wild plants to flower. Providing nectar and pollen for early bees and butterflies. It now also used in flower schemes because of its early flowering. Besides, where it was once hacked down as a weed. So it is now left in situ to flower. Therefore, this new development from Continental. Will put the dandelion up there with all the other important finds. In the search for a greener planet. Continental tyres are to start building tyres using the dandelion latex

The research has been going on for a number of years now. So armed with a large acreage of Russian dandelion plants. Grown around the tyre factory. They decided to use the new product now known as “Taraxagum”, in the manufacture of some experimental tyres.

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The new material will be called “Taraxagum”

The tyres that are used are winter tyres because they already contain a large amount of natural rubber.

The winter tyres natural rubber has been completely replaced by the new marketing name teraxagum, and will be extensively tested this winter near Hanover in Germany and also in Sweden where the temperature gets very low.

Continental Tyres-Have made first Winter tyres-using Dandelion

Dr. Andreas Topp, Head of Material and Process Development says… “The development process of Taraxagum has been very promising so far and we are continuing the industrialization together with our partners. We are very confident. That our current research results will be confirmed. Especially, through the tyre tests. So that they will meet the performance targets,”
In my opinion Continental tyres have struck gold. Hence, with this new product. It will also save billions of Euro’s in transport costs. Because the dandelions will be able to grow here in Europe . Close to the tyre manufacturing plants. The new tyres will undergo many trials. Before they a released for sale. A time period of ten years has been mentioned.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell ContinentalTyres online from our website

Goodyear Wrangler Latest Tyre-New all-terrain adventure tyre

Goodyear Wrangler Latest Tyre

Goodyear Wrangler Latest Tyre

As many of my readers will know. Of course, I was employed by the mighty Goodyear tyre company. In fact I must thank them for helping me to become the successful owner of my own tyre business. Consequently, here at Pellon Tyres in Halifax UK.

For this reason, I have always had a close affiliation with the giant tyre company. In addition, to these compliments, Goodyear have always had a good up to date product range. Including, the excellent Wrangler range of tyres.

In my opinion, the Goodyear Wrangler line of off/road tyres have always been amongst the most popular and successful all-terrain tyres of there kind. At least for the last 20 years.

To bring things up to date.  Recent consumer reports placed the new Wrangler tyre  in second place. For instance, against similar products made by other tyre companies. Thus, in the all terrain product groups.

Hence, the only thing that let the tyre down, was the tyres rolling resistance. It is thought that an improvement would have given the Wrangler top spot.

Source: New all-terrain adventure tyre

 

Old Tyres Look Like New-Here’s How Scam Artists Make Dangerous

Old Tyres Look Like New

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RECUTTING A CAR TYRE

Cutting corners is a way of life for many shady elements in the car community. For them, if it looks the part, it’s ready to sell off to an unsuspecting victim customer.

Old Tyres Look Like New

Wow i have never seen this before in all my years as a tyre dealer. As a result I am completely shocked at what i see. For this reason, it just goes to show what type of people. Are running these part worn tyre companies.

Re-cut Car Tyres-is it common practice in some countries?

I was truly shocked and amazed at the same time. Hence, when I first saw the video . At first I was outraged at what was going on.So was the writer of the original article. But after a while I cannot help feeling that this practice does actually go on in other countries of the world.

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The video has been filmed with a sense of pride by the guy. Who is doing the actual tyre cutting. It reminds me of the time when I used to re-cut truck tyres. I worked for national company years ago. Therefore, I know that we can re-cut truck tyres.  As long as we stick to the rules and regulations. Hence, that are set out for us to follow. But the practice of cutting car tyres. Indeed, has up to now been unheard of. That is, unless somebody can point out where this is a legal thing to do?

  Old Tyres Look Like New-Cases are now cropping up about many illegal tyres repaired

I am sure that many of you tyre professionals out there. Have come across some pretty bad examples. Consequently, of things that are related to part worn tyres. There seems to be little care or thought towards the safety. Or the law where the part worn market is concerned.
Only last Saturday we had customer call in. So that bought two part- worn tyres and fitted about two weeks before. Only to find that they had completely fitted the wrong size. They were not even a legal match? they were far too small for the car?

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When the customer was questioned as to why he had allowed this he said that the guy told him that it was perfectly alright and he also said that he felt a little threatened by the guys attitude, when he was questioning him about the wrong size.
This sort of thing is just the tip of the iceberg; the worst ones are the bad repairs that have been carried out by these people. We have seen some horrific cases where the tyre has only lasted a few days before blowing out or in some cases these tyres never keep their pressure and the customer brings them into us for sorting out.

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The thing that I cannot understand though is that I have never met one customer who wants to go back where they bought the dodgy tyres, to complain. Perhaps some drivers are so hard up financially that they have no choice but to buy these things, and when problems arise they dare not go back in fear of been intimidated by these people.

Old Tyres Look Like New

They must know that they are breaking the law when they sell the public these things, so do you have to be a special type of person sell them in the first place, looking at the state of some of the premises, it is a wonder that people go there in the first place, but as I say people can and must be desperate to keep their cars on the road, and this includes buying part worn tyres.

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To go back to this video; I cannot recognize the language that the people who are re-cutting this car tyre are speaking, but it could even be here in the UK.
I only hope that these do not make their way to our shores, but nothing surprises me to what lengths these people will go to, to make money. As I have said on many occasions I see nothing wrong with selling part-worn tyres as long as they were processed and sold within the law of our land.
Please take a look at this video and let me know what you think??

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.

This post was written by Eric Roberts and first published on Pellonautocentre blog…http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/?p=33398

Michelin Tweels-airless tyres could will mean the end of punctures – Mirror.co.uk

Michelin Tweels-airless tyres

Michelin Tweels-airless tyres

Michelin Tweels combine the tyre and the wheel into one unit that can’t get a puncture

This is no doubt a great idea from Michelin and will be a great application on such things as plant items and grass mowers, but i am not sure about long term plans to use them on cars. Would they eventually do away with the regular car tyre (if there is such a thing)? i do not think so.

Like all the new car technologies that are coming on to the market i think that they will just be a part of the big mix.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/?p=2126

Michelin Tweels are a really good breakthrough

Ever since I have worked in the tyre industry. I wondered if the normal every day tyres. Would be replaced by some new invention.
Furthermore, I also worked for a few years. On the plant and heavy earthmover part of the tyre business. Specifically, these were the massive tyres that we see working in the huge quarries.  Also, on industrial sites around Britain.
When one of these giant trucks and earthmoving machines.Were stopped by tyre problems. It would cost the companies thousands of pounds in down time.

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These companies kept spares on site. As a result it was inevitable  that our tyre company. Would have to come out and attend to the tyre problem.
The most common problem though came from the smaller plant items. Such as dumper trucks and JCB machines. When these things had to stop for tyre damage, then it could mean big problems, because it could have held the whole operation, such as laying tarmac, which is crucial to timing due to the fact that the tarmac had to be laid while It was still hot.
We really had to be on the ball, when attending tyre problems, because time really did mean money.

Michelin Tweels similar to the fork truck tyres

Some machines back then were coming out on a solid metal wheel with a rubber band attached to it; we used to call them solids. A whole new industry grew up, replacing the pneumatic tyres with what we then and now call solids.
Once again the fork trucks were very important in the industrial world, and down time due to tyre problems could cost hundreds of pounds a time. Slowly but surely the fork truck pneumatic (air filled) were replaced by solids. The solids would gradually wear their rubber ring out but it took a long time to do this and in the mean time they never got any punctures.

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One of the big manufacturers of these special wheels was a company from Canada called “Bearcat”. They were a very aggressive company and took over most of the fork truck work in the ICI Chemicals works in Huddersfield, but they did send the business in my direction, and times were good.
I often thought that it would be good to be able to create a product similar to the solid wheels for the larger plant items, which would stop then having tom have so many tyre repairs and the down time that went with it.

Michelin Tweels have plugged the gap

This is where the Michelin Tweels came in to the equation. Michelin Tweels have a moulded-treat rubber band like conventional tyres mounted on a metal hub in the centre, very similar to the fork truck wheels, but of a much lighter alloy based metal. The big difference comes between the tread and the metal hub are flexible spokes which can flex and deform under -weight and pressure.
This is the big difference, the flexibility allows the vehicle to ride over rough terrain, very similar to the Mars lander tyres set up. This means that they are perfect for small and medium plant machines, the type that cause much trouble with punctured tyres.

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Michelin are now going to build a $50 million plant to build these tweels. They will be made for agricultural vehicles as well as machines that work on construction sites and land fill sites where puncture repairs have previously been a common problem.
Michelin have been working on the Tweel from 2005 and they were originally thought to be developed for the car industry, but it soon became clear to the giant French tyre company that this invention had other great potentials,
Hats off to Michelin Tweels
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk