Comprehensive plant tyre maintenance from Horndean Tyres

Since 1980, Horndean Tyres have focussed on providing the best plant tyre maintenance services to fully meet your requirements.

We understand that every business relies on their heavy plant machinery to be operational to perform your daily schedule of work. Horndean Tyres are here to support this mission with the widest range of responsive on-site tyre maintenance.

Simply contact us with the maintenance required and we will arrange a convenient appointment to visit. Our team of skilled tyre technicians will rectify the issue at hand and report any additional actions that should be performed before they escalate. Our fleet of specialist service vehicles are comprehensively equipped with the right tools for every job.

Our responsive on-site tyre maintenance is designed to ensure your plant equipment, industrial equipment, agricultural machinery and port handling machinery remain operational, safe and working hard.

Safe puncture repairs

Your heavy plant and machinery will operate in some of the most hostile environments for pneumatic tyres. Despite being amongst the most durable tyres manufactured, plant and agricultural tyres remain susceptible to damage from metal objects, building materials and rocks, other debris and sharp surfaces, due to transporting their heavy payloads.

The key to any puncture repair is that the pressure loss is detected quickly. Continuing to operate with under inflated tyres means that the sidewalls will deflect more than they are designed to. This can cause damage to the tyre casing that cannot be repaired.

Our qualified tyre technicians will remove the tyre from the wheel rim and give it a detailed inspection internally and externally. If the tyre casing and tread are found to be in good condition, we will repair the puncture in accordance with British Standard AU 159. Horndean Tyres only use high-quality materials to ensure that all puncture repairs are safe and long-lasting.

Puncture repairs to plant tyres are sometimes referred to as cold cure repairs. Our specialist service vehicles are equipped to perform puncture repairs on site.

Vulcanised repairs to damaged tyres

Should your tyre damage be more significant than a puncture repair, for example large cuts to the tread or tyre sidewalls, it may be possible to perform a vulcanised repair – also known as a hot repair or major repair.

Our experienced tyre technicians will remove the damaged tyre and identify if they consider a vulcanised repair is achievable. Horndean Tyres will then send it away to our specialist repair partner who will perform extensive casing checks to determine if a vulcanised repair is possible. The damaged section of the tyre will then be carefully rebuilt from the inside using new layers of rubber by qualified personnel. The tyre is then inflated to high-pressure and baked for around 90 minutes in a curing press. This hot bonding process preserves the flexibility and performance of the tyre and is subject to strict British Standards – identical to the production process and British Standards of new tyre manufacturing.

A vulcanised repair should allow the tyre to continue operation for the rest of its designed service life. It’s the more environmental and economical solution than replacing the tyre. Radial tyres have a higher success rate for vulcanised repairs than bias tyres.

Tyre pressure correction

The job of the tyre and wheel assembly is to hold high pressure air in place. Plant is designed to carry exceptionally heavy loads which is all supported on the air pressure inside the tyre. This makes air the critical component in the service life of every plant and agricultural tyre.

The exceptionally rigid tyre construction makes it difficult for operators to detect if the tyre is under-inflated by 20% in their daily walkaround checks. Tyre assemblies can never be totally airtight, you should expect pressure loss every month.

Under-inflated tyres will adversely affect the handling and stability of plant and machinery. They will generate more friction as they roll which reduces fuel efficiency and leads to an increase in tyre temperature. Left uncorrected, this not only increases tyre wear, but the heat build-up can even lead to premature failure. Over-inflation shortens service life too, as the tyre is susceptible to impact damage and can even burst or deform the wheel rim.

Horndean Tyres can accurately detect incorrect pressure when the tyres are cold. Our highly trained tyre technicians will only correct tyre pressure in the safest way – which is critical given the very high air pressures involved. Tyre pressure correction can also highlight slow punctures, which left unchecked will deteriorate and cause unnecessary cost and downtime later.

Turning on the rim

We recommend turning plant and machinery tyres on the rim if routine day-to-day operation has created excessive shoulder wear or sidewall abrasion. Turning on the rim involves remounting the plant tyre with the outer sidewall repositioned to the inboard edge of the wheel.

This responsive tyre maintenance will even out the tyre wear to enable the tread to come back to a consistent depth and protects the sidewall from further abrasion. This will prevent premature replacement of the costly tyre and optimise safety.

Wheel rotation

Horndean Tyres encourage regular inspections of tread wear to minimise operating costs. With just 20% of a tyre’s manufacturing cost relating to the tread, our highly trained tyre technicians will recommend a routine wheel rotation to even out tread wear.

Wheel rotation involves relocating wheels from one axle to another, and even between plant and machinery if suitable and safe. The tyres on the steer axle always experience greater wear as they work hardest. A timely wheel rotation to a slower-wearing axle is more cost effective than letting the tyre wear out and replacement. Similarly, on trailers the tyres on the rear most axle experience the greatest wear. A relocation to the slower-wearing front or middle axle will proactively manage the differing rates of wear.

Our team of highly trained tyre technicians will identify tyres that can benefit from wheel rotation to maximise tyre service life.

Plant tyre, industrial tyre and port tyre responsive tyre maintenance service

Our specialist tyre technicians have years of on-site tyre maintenance expertise gained from working with a wide range of heavy plant in different industries:

  • House Builders and House Construction
  • Civil Engineering, Earth Moving and Ground Workers
  • Boatyards, Leisure Marinas, Shipping Ports and Terminals
  • Plant Hire Companies
  • Industrial Applications, Waste Services, Distribution hubs
  • Aggregates, Quarrying and Mining

Horndean Tyres have serviced tyres and maintained tyres across the widest range of plant equipment, industrial equipment and port handling machinery:

  • All terrain crane tyre maintenance
  • Articulated dump truck tyre maintenance
  • Asphalt paver tyre maintenance
  • Backhoe loaders tyre maintenance
  • Construction tyre maintenance
  • Crane tyre maintenance
  • Dump truck tyre maintenance
  • Dumper truck tyre maintenance
  • Earthmover tyre maintenance
  • Empty container handler tyre maintenance
  • Forklift tyre maintenance – material handling
  • Forklift tyre maintenance – high-capacity
  • Grader tyre maintenance
  • Industrial vehicle tyre maintenance
  • JCB tyre maintenance
  • Loader tyre maintenance
  • Loading shovel tyre maintenance
  • Log skidder tyre maintenance
  • Log stacker tyre maintenance
  • Mobile crane tyre maintenance
  • Mobile harbour crane tyre maintenance
  • Off highway tyre maintenance
  • Off road truck tyre maintenance
  • OTR tyre maintenance
  • Plant tyre maintenance
  • Port tyre maintenance
  • Port terminal tractor tyre maintenance
  • Port terminal trailer tyre maintenance
  • Reach stacker tyre maintenance
  • Rigid dumper truck tyre maintenance
  • Scraper tyre maintenance
  • Skid steer loader tyre maintenance
  • Small wheeled loader tyre maintenance
  • Solid industrial tyre maintenance
  • Straddle carrier tyre maintenance
  • Telehandler tyre maintenance
  • Tyre roller tyre maintenance
  • Wheeled excavator tyre maintenance

Agricultural tyre responsive tyre maintenance service

Horndean Tyres are the region’s leading agricultural tyre maintenance specialists. Our tyre technicians have years of on-site tyre maintenance expertise gained from working with a wide range of agriculture machinery:

  • Tractor tyre maintenance
  • Tractor trailer tyre maintenance
  • Agricultural machinery tyre maintenance
  • Baler tyre maintenance
  • Combine harvester tyre maintenance
  • Crop sprayer tyre maintenance
  • Implement tyre maintenance
  • Slurry trailer tyre maintenance
  • Telehandler tyre maintenance


Skilled and compliant tyre technicians

Our highly skilled tyre technicians have years of knowledge and expertise gained from working with a diverse selection of heavy plant equipment, industrial equipment, agricultural machinery and port handling. Working from your local Horndean Tyres service centre they will become familiar with your heavy plant. Operationally, this knowledge and understanding will allow them to become a trusted part of your tyre management and maintenance team.

Horndean Tyres invest in training to ensure we are fully compliant with accredited industry standards, including the City & Guilds Licence to Fit programme, the NTDA Licensed Commercial Tyre Technician and REACT Roadside Emergency Licences.

This ensures Horndean Tyres have a consistently skilled workforce that will minimise avoidable tyre risk in your heavy plant equipment, industrial equipment, agricultural machinery and port handling machinery.

Robust and safe procedures

Safety is always Horndean Tyres top concern. Doing things safely means doing things correctly. Our robust work procedures and policies are carefully defined to ensure we consistently perform our tyre services in a rigorous and methodical process.

We create a safe work environment with health and safety compliant to current legislation. The safety of our tyre technicians is paramount as they work across a range of locations, from the relative safety of your premises to construction sites, warehouses to waste management sites, agricultural land to shipping docks & port terminals.

All our skilled technicians have years of experience and are trained to accredited industry standards. Supported by our fleet of dedicated service vehicles that are comprehensively equipped with the correct and calibrated tools for every job. We utilise electronic job sheets to instantly share an audit trail of photographs, torque settings and information of all the work performed.

This high level of compliance is designed to minimise avoidable risk and ensure professional results – driving our commitment to continual improvement. We will never compromise on the safety of our employees, our customers, and others in the area.

Across the region

Telephone 023 9259 4928
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Horndean Tyres provide tyre services to heavy plant equipment, industrial equipment, agricultural machinery and port handling across central southern England – specifically Hampshire, East Dorset, West Sussex, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Surrey.