Carnegie Fuels fired up by benefits of Michelin X Works19 February 2018

The owner of a Scottish fuel distribution firm says he “can’t believe” how good Michelin’s X Works tyres are, after switching to the brand following a trial last year.

Brechin-based Carnegie Fuels delivers to farms, industrial sites and residential customers, often accessed via rocky terrain. This meant the 13-strong 6x2 rigid tanker fleet frequently suffered stone damage to its tyres.

Owner Kevin Carnegie agreed to trial sets of Michelin X Works D drive axle tyres and XZY3 steer and tag axle fitments on two of his vehicles last year, and says the stone damage is now non-existent.

“I thought they weren’t the right tyres for us because they looked too much like a construction tyre – and we’re all about distribution,” he recalls. “But I’ve been very impressed with them. It doesn’t matter if it’s wet, icy or dry; they perform well in all conditions.”

He adds: “We used to have real problems with stone damage. Water would get in and the rubber would start to peel. We used to get a lot of cuts. But with the Michelin X Works, we’re getting no stone ingression at all and virtually not a cut.”

The tyres have already covered 105,000km and, following regrooving last month, are expected to give another 25,000km.

“I can’t actually believe how good the X Works tyres are. They’re doing a really good job for us,” says Carnegie.

Carnegie now has regrooving equipment on site and Michelin has delivered training to enable the operator to perform the process itself in future.

Laura Cork

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