Anyone regrooving their own tires?

Discussion in 'Trucks [ Eighteen Wheelers ]' started by Freightlinerbob, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Freightlinerbob

    Freightlinerbob Road Train Member

    Jan 15, 2012
    West Coast B.C.
    I'll be lucky to get $50 for my Michelin LP 24.5" casings, so I'm thinking about regrooving them and getting every last mile out of my XDN2s and then just tossing them.

    My thinking on this goes like this:
    Casing credit $50x8= $400
    A quality tire groover $500
    Total. $900

    $5000 for 8 new drives/400,000 miles = $0.0125/mile
    $900/$0.0125= 72,000 miles to break even. Plus my labor of course.

    72,000 miles is about 4/32" so the question is, how many 32nds can I safely groove out?

    Anyone doing this?
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  3. deskdriver

    deskdriver Light Load Member

    Aug 6, 2013
    There is a company around here that does it and we have tried it with little sucess. Highly doubt you will get 72k out of them. The down sides are they do not hold up in hot weather so the southern states during the summer are out, Once grooved they can not be capped, and they can cause a vibration if not grooved correctly. Personally I would take your 400.00 credit or have them capped and run them.
  4. dhooks

    dhooks Light Load Member

    Jun 25, 2012
    I do it all the time, unless your grooving a lot of tires get a $60groover on ebay. I got around 70k on the last set I grooved.

    Good on flat spotted trailer tires to get a few more miles to.
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  5. skateboardman

    skateboardman Road Train Member

    Jan 14, 2012
    flatbed heaven
    I bought a van alstine groover, around 400 dollars . those 60 dollars groovers will kill a man. the van alstine is like a sharp knife thru butter.

    I been regroving them for years. don't go too deep all at once , they will sometimes tear off rubber in a tight turn. get about 4 /32 run em and do em again. and as long as you don't go to the cords you can recap

    I have found the narrow grooves work better
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  6. Freightlinerbob

    Freightlinerbob Road Train Member

    Jan 15, 2012
    West Coast B.C.
    That's the machine I'm looking at.
    So 4/32 at a time but how do you know how deep you can go?
  7. beltrans

    beltrans Medium Load Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    spokane wa
    My local tire shop said that once a tire was regrooved it can't be accepted for recap.
  8. EverLuc

    EverLuc Light Load Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    I use an IDEAL 125 regroover that I purchased from Meyers Tire Supply online something like 5 years ago. I use it mainly for trailer tires. Purchase a tread depth gauge and you can verify how deep a groove you have cut. Set the blade @ the desired depth. I do not recap tires as I also figure in the cost of dismount, hauling them to tire center, return trip to retrieve them, remounting them. I'd rather just stay home and regroove them. I run a spread axle reefer with General S370 tires and run them suckers until I am no longer able to achieve legal depth in the groove. I have yet to blow a tire using this method. Yes, I have peeled a chunk out of a groove on a tire. Yet, this allowed me to gauge the limit on the regrooving process. What has helped enormously in aspect to tire life is the lift axle. I recommend this even to folks whose trailers have tandem axles. I recently saw a tractor with one drive axle (not the pusher) up in the air. I am certainly going to research that technology. If it's up in the air, the tires ain't gonna wear. Nice.
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  9. blanco

    blanco Road Train Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    Gwinnett County, GA
    Michelin lo pro 24.5.. them casings would sell like hotcakes round here. Atlanta.

    We use Michelin Retread Technology on Michelin casings. Have had very good results using the XZE- SA (spread axle) recap.

    Why would you junk a perfectly good casing?
  10. EverLuc

    EverLuc Light Load Member

    Feb 18, 2013
    Well, I did try to recap a set of 8 Bridgestone R195s and I had run them down plenty good. The tire folks stated there wasn't enough rubber available to properly shave/grind in order to recap. I tool them home and a friend introduced me to the regroove practice. After he regroove them, I let him keep them in appreciation of the new found knowledge. He ran them for a couple of more months w/out any problems until they finally really really had no more rubber left to regroove. I did just recently purchase a set of XZA3+ steers. They seem to be running good. Yet, the only thing I do not like is that they are a directional tire. This means completely dismounting for tire rotation.
  11. TULY007

    TULY007 Light Load Member

    Mar 27, 2013
    Did regrooved 8 firestones 690 drives last year and close to 8h with tires still on the truck, and what i' ve seen is that the yokohamas drives have way less rubber to groove than fires ones....
    I bought a van alstine too, 450 with 2 sets of blades nr 8 & 10 round bottom & ups to my round ones better than square bottom and do better cut for me......
    The number go by how wide of a cut the original groove have in .../32 measure it with a tread depth gauge sideways to figure what blade nr u need....the depth goes a long ways
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