Give New Life to Old Tires with Retreading

Retreading is a manufacturing process where used tires, called “casings,” have the old, worn tread buffed away and a new tread is bonded to the tire body. This extends the life of the tire.

  • Retreading tires gives a tire new life by removing worn tread from the tire casing and replacing it with new tread. During the process, the casing is thoroughly inspected and any injuries are repaired.

    • Retread tires have the same safety rating as new tires. In many applications, they outperform new tires
    • Most tires can be retreaded more than once, depending on the application
    • On average, retreaded tires can save you 30% to 40% compared to the cost of new tires
    • A new tread is only 10% of a tire’s total weight. Reusing a casing rather than creating a new tire saves on manufacturing costs, disposal costs, and landfill space
    • Retread tires are used safely on commercial trucks, school buses, construction equipment, waste vehicles, and farm equipment
    • Commercial trucks
    • Construction equipment
    • Farm equipment
    • School buses
    • Waste vehicles
    • Delivery trucks
    • McCarthy Tire Service ranks as the 4th largest independent retreader in the US. In 2020, McCarthy Tire Service used 13 million pounds of rubber to retread an average of 2,720 tires per day or more than 700,000 tires per year
    • A new medium truck tire needs approximately 22 gallons of oil needed to manufacture, but it only takes 7 gallons to produce a retread tire. This reduces carbon emissions and greenhouse gases in our environment
    • Retreading a commercial truck casing three cycles saves 45 gallons of oil. Multiply that by 18 tires on a rig, and the environmental savings for one tractor trailer adds up to 810 gallons of oil
    • Retread tires continue their useful life, sometimes up to 500%, rather than ending up in illegal tire piles or a landfill
    • McCarthy Tire sends all scrap tires – those that have exceeded their useful life or have been damaged beyond repair – to certified tire recyclers. The metal is separated from the rubber, and both components are turned into useful products
    • Even with multiple retreads, a tire will eventually exceed its useful life, or it will be damaged beyond safe and affordable repair. Because of BASys™, the customer always has visibility to the decision to scrap a tire. McCarthy Tire sends all scrap tires to certified tire recyclers
  • For most fleets, tires are the second largest item in their operating budget, right after fuel costs.

    • A retread tire sells for 30% to 50% less than a comparable new tire price due to lower manufacturing costs
    • A good tire management program using quality retreads will give a fleet the lowest possible cost-per-mile
    • Bandag’s FuelTech line of tires are SmartWay verified and have fuel efficiency benefits that meet or exceed many new tires
  • Retreads are cost effective, dependable, reliable, and safe.

    • As a Bandag retreader, we adhere to stringent quality-control practices at every step of the retreading process
    • Retread tires demonstrate the same reliability in operation as new tires. Today’s modern retreads are so safe that school bus fleets and commercial airliners depend on them
    • Retreads account for nearly one-half of all replacement tires in the North American truck tire market. They can be safely used on all drive and trailer positions as well as on steer positions in non-passenger transport vehicles
    • Retread tires can be driven at the same legal speeds as comparable new tires with no loss in safety or comfort
  • Multiple studies have shown that those rubber pieces come from both new and retreaded truck tires in equal proportions. Generally, tires blow from heat built up from underinflation, overloading, and tire abuse. The scrap rubber you see is usually the result of a casing failure, not a retread failure.

Save Money With BASys™

Bandag’s proprietary BASys™ Manufacturing System is where it starts. We load your maintenance and retread
specifications into BASys™ to ensure that your tires, whether you have 10 or 100, are being retreaded according to your specifications every time they come through one of our manufacturing facilities.

Next, we assign a unique barcode to each casing so it can be tracked in real time throughout its lifecycle. The system captures the tire’s owner, brand, model, age, number of retreads and repairs, failure reasons, and location.

You have peace of mind knowing that every tire delivered back to you is the same tire that you entrusted to us at pick-up. This data also can help you make informed decisions about your fleet’s tires that will save money, increase performance, and reduce downtime.

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