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.