Wheel spec’ing is more than weight

While weight is important, affordability and performance are two other key factors in fleet directors’ decision-making when purchasing wheels.  

Maxion Wheels offers the North American truck-trailer market the widest variety of lightweight steel wheels, which are, on average, the lightest steel wheels in the industry.

“While we can’t achieve the weight savings of aluminum, our wheels display greater durability, resistance to side impact damage, improved performance in off-road situations and can be repaired in some instances where the aluminum wheels are ruined,” said Denny Weisend, Director, North American Commercial Wheel Sales, Maxion. 

Maxion offers the lightest lineup of steel wheels in the marketplace utilizing high-strength low-alloy steel marketed successfully since 2009 to hundreds of trucking companies.

“It really comes down to working closely with fleets of all sizes, and their respective OEMs, to provide the right wheel for the job – affordable and built for long-life and performance,” added Weisend. 

Considerations by customers include standard duty or severe duty wheels, two-hand hole or five-hand hole design, or a unique color to promote a specific fleet image. Key performance factors to consider in wheels should include:

  • Tire size and maximum air inflation
  • Loads to be carried – wheel-carrying capacity
  • Duty cycle – line haul, off-road, delivery stop and start
  • Axle pound rating
  • Warranty –  Maxion Wheels feature five-year coverage and availability nationwide

Another recent fleet trend is the specification of wide-based steel wheels for significant weight savings.  They offer weight savings up to 166 lbs. per axle, better road contact with the wider tire, resulting in less tire wear, and they require less hardware for stud-piloted applications.

“Our wheels, on average, are lighter, stronger and more durable − with standard triple protection top coating,” said Weisend.  

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