Increasing tyre life with Centramatic balance rings

In today’s trucking industry, the more trailers or freight you can haul means more payload, which can increase your profitability. 

It also creates more wheels on the ground, which can lead to increased downtime for repairs and maintenance of tyres and suspension related issues, which eat into your bottom-line costs.

One solution consists of automatic balance rings, which mount onto wheels to continuously balance the tyre and wheel assembly while you drive. Centramatic sales manager Bruce S Reilly Jnr explains that they work by utilising centrifugal force and deflection to automatically distribute moveable weights precisely where needed, to remove imbalance in wheel and brake assembly.

By fitting Centramatic balance rings to your trailer wheels, you will benefit, on average, in a 35 per cent increase in tyre life, improve fuel consumption by between 1-3 per cent and up to 5 per cent on some long haul operations, further extend suspension life, reduce damaging vibrations to sensitive freight and livestock, and have less downtime rotating and replacing tyres.

These benefits add up and prosper from a typical non-balanced wheel to optimally automatically balanced wheel/hub assembly in eliminating the extra road frictional resistance and tyre heat associated with the unbalanced wheels pounding effect, creating a smoother and cooler running tyre taking less horsepower to pull the trailer at constant speed, so using less fuel. Additionally, the cooler tyre wears slower, giving increased tyre life.

Centramatic trailer balancers are a once-off purchase, and the most cost effective, as one pair of high capacity balancers does four wheels by fitting a single balancer between the dual wheels. 

Many trailer manufacturers are now offering Centramatic Balance Rings as an option.

Centramatic balancers are made for most wheel sizes from 15” floats to 17.5” low loaders to 19” and 22.5” rims with most typical stud patterns available from five to eight stud and differing 10 stud Euro and US patterns. 

Unlike products that need to be replenished or replaced as they are used, Centramatic balancers offer consistent benefits and savings that add up to a massive amount over the trailers’ life compared to their initial cost. There has never been a more cost-effective solution.

Centramatic Balance Rings have over two million users worldwide. They have been sold and proven over a period of 25 years on heavy vehicles in Australia and have a life expectancy exceeding 3 million kilometres.

Many operators who are currently using Centramatic’s steer balancers and seeing the results are now implementing, fitting or trialling trailer balancers too – realising the same or greater benefits from their trailer wheels.

Centramatic is supplying some operator’s trailer balancers directly to the trailer manufacturer as they can build the cost into the initial purchase of a new trailer or lease and it is more cost effective than buying later for an additional cost. There are some trailer manufacturers which are also offering to include Centramatic Balance Rings as an option in the build price as they also benefit from lower running cost trailers, and a happier customer, with the vision of repeated business and less complaints.

Centramatic trailer balancers have the highest capacity counterbalance in the industry. As an example, its 22.5” balancers have approximately 750 grams/26 ounces of movable weight together with the largest cooling surface area, which is approximately five times the capacity of any competitor’s product that is sold for the same price or slightly more.    

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