IPA Wednesday announced the release of the Tire Comparator (Type I) to help fleets ensure the better fuel economy and tire life possible to reduce costs.
Minute discrepancies in tire pairing can have profound effects on these variables, as even a quarter-inch variance in tire size can cause the larger tire to support a far greater load. This results in not only accelerated tread wear and increased heating on the larger tire, but also scuffing wear on the smaller tire. These factors increase rolling resistance, which drastically decreases fuel economy.
The Tire Comparator (Type I) allows users to compare tire diameter on single and dual- mated wheel applications for proper pairing. The patent pending Tire Comparator™ (Type I) can be instantly adjusted to work on virtually any sized tire (up to 48 inches in diameter) and even reaches the hardest-to-reach wheel wells including the inside tire in dual wheel arrangements.
The tool is 48 inches in overall length and features standard and metric measurement increments for mounted and non-mounted tire matching/pairing. Made from an innovative lightweight aluminum and featuring locking slide adjustment for consistent readings.