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Construction Tires: The Difference Between E/L/G Classifications

Construction tires are tough tires made to operate in professional settings. These tires are designed to withstand heavy loads on rough terrains. Although all construction tires are industrial level, they are not made equally and can be found in 3 classifications: Earthmover (E), Loaders/Dozer (L), and Graders (G). To choose the right tires, it is important to consider the application and operating requirements to determine which tires are the best fit for your needs.

Earthmovers (E)

Earthmover tires are commonly used in excavators, haul trucks, and motor graders. These are thick tires that can handle earthwork in rough environments. Common sites to use earthmovers include construction sites, mines, quarries, and ports. Earthmover tires have high traction with mid to shallow tread depth. This type of tire is mainly used to carry dirt and other natural elements involved in earthwork.

Loaders and Dozers (L)

Loader tires are designed to carry heavy loads on rough terrains. They are often used to move extreme weights repeatedly over time. Common uses include mining, infrastructure, construction, landfills, and public work vehicles. This type of tire will come with extra thick sidewalls, because it is almost guaranteed that they will operate long hours every day on extreme terrain.

Graders (G)

Grader tires are designed to carry heavy machinery on rough terrain at a max speed of 25 mph. Some grader tires come with a self-cleaning design, as they are often used on soft, uneven terrain. For use on ice, specific grader tires provide high traction without the need for studs. As the name suggests, grader tires are commonly used on graders, dozers, and loaders.

Manufacturers often provide added benefits to these already specific-use tires. Depending on your goals, there are basic options for E/L/G tires and then some with added designs. These designs can help add damage protection and durability, extra grip on different types of terrains, fuel consumption, sidewall protectors, high tread depths, and cut-resistant compounds.


Still not sure which classification is right for you? Contact us directly at OTRUSA.COM! We have over 20 years in the industry, and our specialists are happy to find the best tires for your needs. For further assistance, please don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at +1-855-687-8721.

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