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s there a reason that used tires can't be recycled
Tire dealer mines rich vein (link)
By Mike McLean
Spokane Journal of Business
June 12, 2008
...“We didn’t do much sales in the U.S. last year,” he says. “We buy and send tires overseas.”...
...Servine says some brand new mining equipment is sitting on blocks for lack of tires.
“We have open orders with some customers,” he says. “If we find two tires for them, we buy them. If we find 12, we buy all 12, because we know we already have the customers.”...
SeaGypsy wrote:I had a set of aircraft tyres rated to 120psi on my motorhome, which gave a noticeable bit of extra mileage. Drove around Australia a few times with a variety of tyres, these lasted the longest and gave easy streering (unpowered) as well. More than anything I found to improve mileage slowing down on the highway to about 45 to 50 MPH (70-80kmh) was the really big one. I was getting 8km/ litre- 20mpg out of a small diesel driving a 4.5 ton vehicle at these speeds on these tyres. I got them off an old airforce friend for nix.
Tanada wrote:For those of us not driving trucks of either heavy or light variety there have to be trade offs for passenger car tires. Anyone have any data?
For many cars in the USA you can substitute LT (Light Truck) tires for P (Passenger car) of the same size. This would allow you to go from a typical tire pressure of 32 psi to 65 psi, which should give you a significant improvement in fuel mileage
Saving a little gas will seem silly if you roll your car or run off the road into a ledge because you started skidding twenty feet sooner then you would have with the right tires for the car.
Revi wrote:Tires are expensive. There are a lot of people around here with $200 tires. That means when they wear out the driver needs to cough up $800. Remember retreads? It may be time to figure out some other cheaper, but still safe kind of tire in order to keep our cars running.
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