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  1. 3 Things To Know Before You Grab Your Spare Tire


    ESCO Spare Tire Donut Tips

    Get the Skinny on Flat Tires and “Donuts”

    3 Things to Know Before You Grab Your Spare Tire


    Let’s face it, we’ve been there at one point or know someone personally who have found themselves in the same predicament—sitting on the side of the road with a blown, flat tire. Like many ironic life happenings, the first thing that comes to your mind to fix this problem is typically the solution we often think of the least daily, our spare tire.

    It may also be news to find out that you cannot drive on a spare as you would a regular tire. Why, do you ask? It’s quite simple, safety. Preparing for accidents that happen can likely save you time and headache, especially when faced with the aggravation of a flat or blown tire. Use the following information to ready yourself and your vehicle if you should ever need to reach for your spare tire.



    Inspect Your Tires

    As a rule, check your spare tire every time your regular tires are rotated. You can visually inspect your spare tire for damage and excessive wear. Most spare tires are manufactured to last approximately 7 to 10 years, however, it’s necessary to consult your vehicle owner’s manual for the recommended length of time before a spare should be replaced. With this said, always visually inspect a tire before installing it on your vehicle.

    If ever a tire appears to be dry-rotted or have heavy tread damage, replace the spare as a precaution. You wouldn’t want to create another problem trying to fix a problem, right?



    Spare Tire Types 

    Spare tires are not all the same. While some vehicles come equipped with full-size spare tires, others have space-saving compact versions commonly referred to as “donuts.” Spare tires are not designed to be driven at the same speed, nor possess the same maneuverability as regular tires. According to AAA, you should not drive over 50 mph and no more than 50 miles with a donut-type spare tire. Driving for long distances on a spare tire can potentially cause damage to other car parts, including the transmission.


    Always be sure to check the location of your spare tire and practice removing it from your vehicle and installing it. Spare tires are typically found in the trunk of most vehicles while truck spares are often stowed under the back of the bed. Preparing for accidents will ultimately save you confusion and money, should your luck result in calling road-side-service.


    Don’t Neglect Maintenance

    Maintenance is key! One of the most important safety factors, when faced with the need to use a spare tire, is visual inspection and checking tire pressure. This can routinely be done during normal service and vehicle maintenance of your regular tires.

    If you find yourself with a flat or blowout tire in the winter or summer, keep inflation in mind. Spare tires are typically smaller than regular tires, meaning less air that’s more prone to temperature fluctuations. Tire pressure will increase as the temperature does so be sure to wait until your tires are cool to add air with an accurate tire inflator.

    Most space-saving, compact spare tires hold significantly more air than traditional full-size spares (upwards of 60 PSI). Riding on over or underinflated spare tires, especially compact donuts, could have the potential to lead to further accidents with tire failure. Refer to the information on the sidewall of your spare tire for the maximum speed and required air pressure.


    Checking your tire pressure with an accurate dial or digital gauge will furthermore prevent the risk of riding on a potentially dangerous, under or over-inflated tire. Visit ESCO Equipment Supply on the web for a full range of handheld tire inflators at




    Model #10962 – ESCO “Compact” Digital Tire Inflator


  2. MODEL 10312 & 10314 PRODUCT UPDATE

    ESCO Model 10312 and 10314 Product Update

    ESCO is proud to announce its newly engineered Cylinder Stop Ring for 55 Ton Hydraulic Cylinders [Model(s) 10312 & 10314].
    The first-generation cylinder stop ring had a single groove machined for the piston rod wiper. The wiper kept internal contamination to a minimum, as was designed, it also created a slight side to side movement. This movement increased point load situations which, in turn, caused severe scarring on the outside walls of the piston rod as well as the internal walls of the cylinder.

    What has been done to improve on the current design, in addition to the wiper ring groove, a wear ring groove has been machined into the stop ring. This wear ring will give the piston rod extra support, when extended, which will keep the side to side movement to an absolute minimum. The wear ring and wiper together will help keep away internal contamination. This will also minimize point load damage which will increase the life of the aluminum cylinder and keep the service tech away from potential harm.

    For more information about these product changes and/or where to buy ESCO product email or call 352-754-1117 or visit
    For over 30 years, ESCO has been the world leader in quality hydraulic tire changing tools and accessories for the Commercial Truck, OTR, Mining, Automotive, and Agricultural Market.

    • Wear ring added to the brass stop ring
    • Additional support
    • Minimal side to side movement
    • Minimize internal contamination
    • Point load issued lessen considerably
    • Service tech kept away from potential harm
    • Extended life for the jack.
  3. “Why choose ESCO Balancing Beads over the Competition?”


    Bead For Bead

    “Why choose ESCO Balancing Beads over the Competition?”

    ESCO understands the old expression, “time is money”, so to eliminate wasteful time in dropping multiple bags into wheels and carrying multiple SKU’s of product. ESCO designed a “BULK” 282 oz. bucket of beads [Model #20466C] for easier use in shop and shipping to customer. As simple as “scooping” from the bucket, ESCO’s bucket of Balancing Beads has become the #1 option for many tire service and fleet operations around the world.  Each bulk bucket of ESCO Balancing Beads comes with a tire size application chart telling you exactly how many scoops are needed.

    ESCO Balancing Beads are Universal and can be used for all tire types including Motorcycle, ATV, Automotive, Truck, Tractor, Trailer and RV tires.

    ESCO Balancing Beads Versus The Competition

    ESCO Balancing Beads are 35% larger than our competitors…therefore no special fitted valve cores are required with ESCO Balancing Beads.  Other competitor beads are much smaller and can block the valve stem causing premature leaking.  Our larger beads also make ESCO Balancing Beads much easier to reuse over and over again…consistent reusable media equals increased profits. BIGGER IS BETTER!

    ESCO Balancing Beads are made of a 100% solid ceramic and are much harder compared to competitive products made of glass. Because competitive products are made of glass, over time they will begin to break down, misshape and leave you with dusty powders or ground glass which will eventually abrade the inner liner… thus rendering them “unusable”. This is a difficult situation because you will then have to replace ALL of the beads inside of the tire because there is no way to tell which are still good and which have been misshaped!  As ceramic is a harder medium, ESCO balancing beads will withstand time and abuse inside the tire. The harder the material, the longer it will maintain its shape and overall effectiveness. Based on the MOHS Scale of Hardness, ESCO Balancing Beads come in at 7.0 versus the competition, 5.5…so why is this important?  A balancing product that is nice and round with a smooth surface can only perform properly if it stays that way over thousands of miles!

    Competitive brands require you to use a special fitted valve core to keep the beads from entering and damaging valve stem, leading to lose of air and potential harm when releasing air from the tires. This means more time and labor are needed to install the special valve core and limits you in valve core options. No fitted or special valve cores are needed with ESCO Balancing Beads!

    2 oz. – 16 oz. Bags

    17.6 lb. Bucket