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Do trailers need to have balanced wheels too?

We talk to truck drivers about this every single day.

You wouldn’t dream of asking your car tyre fitter to just balance the family car or ute’s front wheels; so when it comes to your “office”, the “workshop” or your “income earner” – the rig that is paying for the home loans, kid’s education and the truck itself, week in and week out – it’s a hard yes! to balancing the rear wheels too.

A machine that’s worth near or possibly more than $1,000,000 attracts a lot of costs. Fuel, additives, finance (principal and interest), depreciation, driver costs, tyres, maintenance, service, insurance, registration, depot hire, the list goes on and on, and most are recurring costs.

Consider a one-time-only purchase of Atlas Balance Rings – marginal in comparison to other costs of owning a truck (between $300 and $330 per wheel) – that removes shakes, rattles and friction that is kicking back into your shocks, steering components and then along the chassis into the cab where you or an employee is sitting. Thousands of our customers attest to saving up to 50 per cent on tyre costs, and up to 7 per cent on fuel. After selling the truck, or when the lease is up, you remove the balance rings and take them onto the new rig.

DRT reported that having the truck and trailer fitted with Atlas Balance Rings resulted in 60 litres of fuel saved each day. Image

The liquid in the balance rings, unlike anything else on the market, moves by the microsecond, adapting to every section of the road your rubber is touching. Drive from concrete to bitumen and then corrugated dirt, cattle grids, and dirty muddy paddocks. The duals on your drives and trailers will have dirt, mud, and minuscule bitumen particles in the tread. Possibly, your tyres could also have flicked off a bit of rubber due to the rough road. But the liquid in the rings is always changing to suit your driving conditions.

How does a fully balanced rig (steers, drives and trailer tyres) save on fuel? Because those wheels that were unbalanced, are now rolling along, not fighting against each other, nor bouncing up and down and left to right. If a steer tyre needs to be balanced, then why not a drive or trailer tyre?

One of our retail distributors demonstrated proven savings on fuel with a study that DRT in Geelong undertook on their new FTE quad fridge van running from Sydney to Melbourne.  Initially, just fitting balance rings to the steers, they noticed the difference, so went ahead and fitted the drives. Matt from Big Wheels Geelong recommended the trailer be balanced as it was four months old. That rig has now not only improved its handling but has come down in fuel use by 60 litres every day. The maths clearly shows Atlas Balance Rings not only pay for themselves in tyre life savings, within the first set of tyres, but also, in fuel consumption.

Those two reduced-cost centres alone are the start of a more economical business model. Imagine the other savings the rings bring to running gear within the driveline including bearings, shocks and more.

If you have a tyre fitter tell you balance rings are just for long-distance rigs or prime movers; that’s simply not the case.

Many around-town operators like Taxibox have undertaken their own fuel and tyre savings studies. Balance Rings work the same under any conditions – from logging rigs, side tippers, buses, fertiliser spreaders, cattle trucks to fridge vans, line haul or taxi trucks. 

Best of all, if you don’t like the rings for any reason, you can give them back, as there’s a 365-day money-back guarantee and a five-year product warranty. 

For more information, visit atlasbalance.com.au or call 1300 228 527.

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