Tyre Saving Technology
Hyster is the first Big Truck manufacturer to develop and offer tyre wear reduction technology in Europe.
The new axle, now available on Hyster empty container handlers, can drastically reduce tyre bills by a factor of up to 3 times and significantly reduce the overall cost of running empty container handling operations.
The typical conical tyre wear of ‘fixed' twin-tyre sets, as found on conventional axles, is eliminated using the ‘tyre saver' axle. The differential is mounted in the wheel ends at each side of the axle, allowing each wheel to rotate independently, while still providing full acceleration and braking power.
Reducing Tyre Wear - lowering lifetime costs
This technology helps to minimise what is known as ‘tyre scrubbing'. Tyre wear is a major cost for port and terminal operations which can now be reduced by as much as an anticipated factor of 3 for the front (drive axle) tyres, and 1.5 for the rear (steer axle) tyres.
- Reduce cost of buying tyres
- Reduce tyre change time - usually a truck has to return to the workshop
- Less rubber waste means a better environmental footprint".
The new drive axle also provides easier handling and turning manoeuvrability for Hyster empty container handlers.
Seven years in development
The introduction of the new tyre saver drive axle is the result of a seven year product development programme and significant investment from Hyster and AxleTech International. It was fully tested and proven in real applications before it was released to the market in 2010.
This technology is a major breakthrough for both Hyster and the container handling industry and reaffirms Hyster's position as a leader in heavy duty handling innovations that deliver real commercial benefits for demanding operations everywhere. In this case, low lifetime costs.
At present the axle is available as an option on the 5/8-High Empty Container Handler. Ask your local Hyster distribution partner for more information.
Watch the Hyster Tyre Preserving Technology video to learn more about the new axle.
Read our Test and Reliability Manager's Blog about testing the new axle.