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Bandag Cold Process Retreads are the most reliable and cost effective replacement tyres available in the market today. In fact more vehicles run on Bandag retreads than any other brand of replacement tyre.
The combination of Bandag Cold Process Retreads and Bridgestone premium new tyres provide road transport operators the ultimate in tyre performance.
Bridgestone tyres provide superior tread life with ultra-durable casings, whilst Bandag Cold Process Retreads on Bridgestone casings last longer, lowering costs per kilometre.
Bandag is committed to saving you money like no other brand.
We take the time to retread your tyres with the correct tread, use the lowest temperatures and then retread your tyre again and again until we have achieved the absolute lowest cost for you.
And unlike many other brands, Bandag retreads are made locally in a range of designs, sizes and compounds for our local conditions.
Bandag Dealers adhere to strict quality standards and are audited regularly to ensure that they produce only the highest quality products.
A True Cold Process Retread
Definition: Quoted from the Editor of the World renowned “Retreaders Journal”.
Any retread vulcanised at 104°C (220°F) is a cold cure. Any retread vulcanised at more than 104°C (220°F) is a hot cure.
The hard fact is that heat is the biggest killer of rubber and tyres. The recognised temperature that affects the adhesion of the tyre casing rubber to the casing material (rayon, nylon, steel etc) is 118°C (245°F).
Bandag uses a low 99°C (210°F) while other retreaders use temperatures of up to 156°C (313°F).
It stands to reason that the combination of the cold process plus its high quality precured rubber sets Bandag apart from the competition. Bandag retreads mean higher mileage and longer casing life...and that makes dollars and sense.
The Bandag 7 step retreading process.
We thoroughly inspect your casings to ensure they meet our high retreading standards. Our inspectors look for every cut, bruise and puncture as well as other damage to the tyre body.
Buffing removes the old, worn tread design. The Bandag buffer works like a lathe as the tyre is buffed, truing your inflated casing with utmost precision.
The Bandag NDI* is an ultrasonic casing analyser that inspects the tyre for damage that is hidden from normal visual inspection. This non destructive inspection helps detect hidden defects, resulting in a more reliable and safer retreaded tyre.
*Not all Bandag dealers have NDI equipment.
Repair & Bonding Application
Bandag repairs meet or exceed the Australian and New Zealand Standards. The repair materials are designed specifically for today’s new generation tyres. Bandag’s unique bonding rubber is applied to the casing or to the back of the tread.
Tread rubber is applied to the casing while the tyre is inflated. When cured the bond created between the tread rubber and the case is stronger than any other bond within the tyre.
Bandag bonds new tread rubber to your casing using a low curing temperature. No excessive heat or rigid metal moulds means your casings avoid the stress associated with other retreading processes.
Every Bandag retread we produce is thoroughly inspected before it leaves our shop. The last place we want to discover a tyre problem is after the tyre is back in service.
Bandag. Retreading our way to a better environment
When you choose Bandag retreads you choose, consciously or unconsciously, to make a real contribution to the￼￼￼￼ sustainability of our environment.
Retreading is a highly practical and efficient form of recycling. Retreading makes it possible to re-use worn tyres. Instead of dumping tyres with worn out tread and good sidewalls, they can be rebuilt and put back to work again, and again.
Commitment to the environment?
Protecting our environment for future generations is also important to the employees of Bandag. Not only is the retreading process environmentally friendly but in November 2001 Bandag Manufacturing Pty Limited became accredited to ISO 14001 by a third party assessor.
Bandag’s unique, advanced Cold Process Retreading technique uses less energy to create a product with a wear performance similar to that of a new tyre.
Whereas some retreads use a hot cap process with temperatures as high as 160 degrees Celsius to cure retreads, Bandag’s specially developed process uses a low 99 degrees to bond the tread to the case.
Depending on its quality and condition, a well constructed truck or bus tyre, can be retreaded 2, 3 or more times, and only one worn tyre casing requires disposal instead of many.
Tyre dumps are a major source of pollution. Not only are they an eye- sore, they attract vermin, hold water, create a breeding ground for mosquitoes and, most dangerously, are highly combustible, releasing toxic fumes and dense smoke into the atmosphere when ignited.
With retreading, tyres stay on the road longer so fewer tyres pile up in landfill dumps.
Studies conducted in the USA show that it takes around 80 litres of crude oil to produce one new truck tyre. With more than one million new truck tyres sold every year in Australia, that’s over 80 million litres of crude oil annually.
On the positive side, to retread a worn truck tyre takes only one fifth of the oil required to produce a new tyre. With approximately one million truck retreads produced annually in Australia, retreads are already helping to save around 60 million litres of oil every year.
Let’s face it, our money is a precious resource that demands careful management. That’s why Bandag retreads appeal so much. Quality retreads are a lot less expensive than new tyres.
When you choose Bandag retreads you choose, consciously or unconsciously, to make a real contribution to the sustainability of our environment.
NDI Analyser. Let us show you how this high tech approach can help us to cut your tyre costs.
The superior performance and reliability of Bandag Cold Process retreads have made Bandag the world leader in retreading. This unique process gives your tyres increased kilometres, longer casing life, minimum downtime and increased performance.
The Bandag retreading process is the most efficient way to replace your worn tyres and guarantees exceptional performance for trucks, buses, earth moving equipment and industrial vehicles.
The Bandag NDI (non destructive inspector) can scan the entire truck tyre range pinpointing air leaks but more importantly detecting any separations that may be hidden deep inside the tyre casing. This allows the operator to determine the best use for your casings, eliminating guesswork which may lead to the early retirement of a perfectly good tyre.
Locating Air Leaks
Before scanning, casings are buffed, ensuring surface irregularities won’t disrupt the ultrasonic inspection. After mounting the tyre on the NDI, the operator inflates the casing ready for inspection. Receivers above the rotating casing detect any escaping air and mark the location of any air leak missed on visual inspection.
Ultrasonic sound waves are sent from the transmitters, through the casing to banks of sensitive receivers and then to the computer.
The computer identifies any casing separations and on determining their severity, marks the casing for further attention by the operator who is aided by the NDI monitor.
The monitor displays the size, severity and location of any casing separations. This allows the operator to repair flaws hidden deep inside the tyre that could otherwise cause failure once the tyre is put back into service.
With the Bandag NDI Analyser
We can reject unserviceable and unsafe casings, reducing the potential for road failure and costly downtime saving you time and money.
Bandag retreads are the safest and most reliable replacement tyres on the market. That is why more trucks and buses run on Bandag than any other brand of tyre.