“As a rule, new urban tyres do not have a kerbing band and we trialled several manufacturers but found we were scrapping tyres with three-quarter tread on them as the sidewall had perished,” says Barry Machin, the council’s workshop operations manager.
“The GT867 has reinforced sidewalls on both sides of the tyre, so when the wear indicator shows the correct time we can simply rotate. This means the tyre has a second life, and due to the very rugged casing there is far more mileage used on the tread. Ultimately this means we are getting an excellent financial return.
“This is an exceptional tyre that has lasted far longer than anything we have used before.”
An urban all-position tyre with reinforced sidewalls, size 315/80R22.5 is now fitted to its Dennis Eagle fleet across domestic waste on 4x2 and 6x2 and trade waste on 6x2 configurations.
Designed for stop-start operations with frequent changes in speed as well as direction, the GT867 is also aimed at single- and double-decker buses and is available in 11R22.5, 295/80R22.5, 305/70R22.5 and 315/80R22.5 (all four sizes are M+S marked). Load capacity ranges from 148/145 to 158/150.