Savannah, GA,
02
October
2013
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03:39 PM
America/New_York

Weight Control

Summary


Accuride Corporation offers lightweight, high-durability 2-, 5- and 10-hand-hole steel wheels. In 2007, the company introduced its Accu-Lite steel wheels that weighed 8 lbs. less than its previous industry-standard steel wheels.

Accuride Corporation offers lightweight, high-durability 2-, 5- and 10-hand-hole steel wheels. In 2007, the company introduced its Accu-Lite steel wheels that weighed 8 lbs. less than its previous industry-standard steel wheels. The 2-hand hole Accu-Lite weighs 70 lbs., the 5-hand hole design weighs 68 lbs., and the 10-hand hole model weighs 66 lbs. Accu-Lite weight-saving steel wheels enable customers to maximize payload and fuel savings without reducing load ratings. The weight reduction per wheel translates to a savings of about 64 lbs. for trailers using the 5-hand-hole model, and 80 lbs. using the 2-hand-hole model.

The 10-hand hole Accu-Lite steel wheel provides the same load rating as a standard steel wheel with the weight nearing that of an aluminum wheel, at a fraction of the cost, the company says. Its engineers researched, designed, and developed Accu-Lite using high-strength, low-alloy (HSLA) steel—coupled with state-of-the-art welding and metal forming technology—to yield a wheel that provides optimum strength but is lightweight.

Corrosion fighting benefits
Accu-Lite wheels are available with Powder Topcoat—standard in white, gray, or black (custom colors also available)—that improves wheel appearance and enhances corrosion protection; reduces maintenance and refurbishing frequency, thus lowering refurbishing costs.

Refurbishment
Accuride says its painting process provides a durable, long-life finish that requires less frequent refinishing than refurbished wheels. As a result of the in-house processes that have been specifically developed to coat steel wheels, the company can control key parameters critical to assuring optimum paint finish durability and performance.

Steel is a good alternative to aluminum
Steel wheels, particularly the Accu-Lite range, provide weight-savings objectives at a lower cost than aluminum wheels. Properly maintained, steel wheels will outlast the life of the trailer, Accuride notes. There is a difference in weight between Accu-Lite lightweight steel wheels and aluminum alternatives, but not a radical difference. Cost is the most relevant differentiator between steel and aluminum wheels—aluminum wheels cost an average of two-and-a-half to three times the price of a steel wheel.

Accuride steel wheels are available on new Great Dane trailers as well as through the company's authorized branch, dealer and parts distributors.