• Retread Myths

    Some ideas about Retreading belong in the Stone Age!

In a world so focused on reducing, reusing and recycling, let us not forget what retreading really means. Let’s not forget that Bandag has been reducing, reusing and recycling for more than 50 years… But even today, we find naysayers that dispute the advantages of retreading based on false information. Let’s bust these myths with Retreaducation 101…

Myth 1 – Retreads litter our roads.

Fact:  Those rubber fragments on the road with all the wire?  NOT OFTEN RETREADS

There’s one way to determine if rubber scraps on the road are retreads. Look closely. Many of those rubber fragments contain wire. And there’s no wire in the rubber retreaders use. In fact, the scrap rubber you see is almost always the result of a casing failure, not a retread failure.

Myth 2 – Retreads aren’t safe.

Fact:  Here’s a testament to safety: nearly every major airline trusts retreads.

Today’s sophisticated retreads are nothing like their predecessors. In fact, they’re so safe, school bus fleets rely on them. Even fighter jet pilots count on them. And you can imagine the stress jet tyres undergo on takeoffs and landings.

Myth 3 – Retreads are ugly.

Fact:  In a blind beauty contest, even truckers can’t tell the difference.

The appearance of a finished retread has a lot to do with the skill and thoroughness of the retreader.  That’s why truckers choose high-performance retreads, like Bandag, that have the quality looks of a new tyre. When you add up all the scrap tyres retreads saved from landfills, they’re actually a thing of beauty.

Myth 4 – Only New will do.

Fact:  ‘Newness’ is important for some.  But remember, retreads last as long as most new tyres.

You can expect today’s new breed of retreads to perform equal to, if not better than, a quality new tyre. And they’ll certainly outperform a cheap one. Proof it never pays to skimp. Retreads sell for less than a comparable new tyre. 

Myth 5 – Retreads are mileage munchers.

Fact:  A quality retread delivers mileage on par with many new tyres.  Hit the road, ‘myth!’ 

Just as new tyre mileage varies widely, so does retread mileage. The reason is due to a complex mix of tread compounding, tread weight, tread design and casing structure. That’s a lot to think about.

Myth 6 – Bad tread, bad casing.

Fact:  A casing can still be good long after your tread wears.

A tyre casing doesn’t wear out like a tread does. So with proper maintenance you can expect to get multiple lives out of a quality casing. The key is using a “quality” casing!

Myth 7 – Retreads just don’t perform.

Fact: Try telling that to Blue Chip fleets the world over or the top competitors at major U.S. on and off road races. 

High-quality retreads have taken all the punishment that professional off-road races could dish out.  They’ve also run grueling 24 hour races and even cruised to over 240 km/h on a heavy truck at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Bandag retreads save the trucking industry millions of Rands each year.

Myth 8 – Heat kills ‘em.

Fact: The notion that retreads will fail on hot days?  An old wives’ tale.

Sure, heat can ruin any tyre, new or not. Few would argue that. But in most cases that heat is due to underinflation. That’s why proper inflation is so important, no matter what kind of tyre you’re running.

Do you still believe those old wives’ tales about retreads?  Today’s Bandag retreads are an improvement on the already tested and proven products of the past.  This new breed of retreads are geared to helping savvy business owners get new tyre performance at a fraction of the price. It’s time to rethink retreads, and not allow old myths to mess with your tyre budget.  Put Bandag to the test and watch these myths vanish.