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Should I spend the money now to switch?

I have a great tire shop that I deal with and I spoke to them about switching from my M726EL (w/ 17/32") to the M710 Ecopia. They (and the Bridgestone rep) are interested in getting a set of these in our marketplace and know I track my mileage and last 30 days were 7.30 on my 2003 Freightliner Columbia with 1,000,000 miles+. (12.7, 2.93 & 13 speed). I have had fuel mileage closer to 8 MPG, but on my last tank I was 6.72, but I was 72K# AND I was running faster than normal and also did 300 miles of local work.

I am being offered the new tires for $585/EA and they are offering me $190/EA for the take offs.

I am new to being an owner operator with my own authority and am targeting a unique side of the freight industry and plan to run 80-100 thousand miles per year. You can see me on my facebook page by searching Blue Heron Logistics.

A couple questions:

1 - I think it is, but is this a good price for the tires as I have not been able to find a price for them online?

2 - Would it be a good idea now to spend the $3160 (+ FET?) since I am 5 months away from my registration and insurance and am in my start up phase. I have the money, but now sure if I want to invest this now and here?

3 - Does anyone have these and do they like them?

Thank you.

Georg

UPDATE!!

Well things do change quickly. I would still like input, but I was just offered an opportunity to purchase a used step deck trailer at a great price, so I think that is the direction I am heading!?

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I am running the Bridgestone M720 and have heard the 710 is better. In the long run you should save more money switching the tires on the fuel mileage side then you would benefit from the longer use of the tire on the 726.

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cant speak on the 726el, but i put the m710 went from 5.9 to 6.5 driving same speeds

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Isn't the 726el the one that Kevin says to throw in a ditch?

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I went from a bandag 220 megatrek cap. Which has the same tread design as the 726 just in a cap. I went to 710's and i can't say enough good about them. Definite fuel mileage increase. In my operation I could get 7.1 under ideal conditions. With a low end of 5.9 if i ran fast. Since going to 710's ideal conditions I see 7.57 and bottom out around 6.5. I can get 6.9 to 7 relatively effortlessly now. Beyond mileage they ride great handle great and are quiet. I just smile at people running 726's and bfg DR's who seem to think low rolling resistance means running a trailer tire with 12/32 tread. When in reality there's a tire like the 710 with a nice deep drive type lug pattern and very low RR for a dual tire. The other OO's laughed at me for not going the status quo and putting on 726's because everyone else uses them why shouldn't I??? Well they can laugh at 3 to 4 tenths all they want.

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Well I went from a Megatrek 220 as well to tire rated 50 less RR and see absolutely no difference. New tires been on weeks. I've seen no difference with many of the things talked about on here and was sure hoping otherwise. Keep your money and make the change when yours wear out.

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Can you give the tire name and model. I'm not even sure a wide single could get down to 50 RR miss read that text sorry 50 less my bad

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I recommend the Yokohama TY517 MC2

It's a low rolling resistance drive tire, RR 102. You can pick them up for around $400 per tire. I run Yokohama tires on my tractor and have great results with them.

The 3 points RR wont make up the difference of $150-200/tire in cost over the life of the tire. They are so close that the difference probably wouldn't be measurable.

I just put a set of Kumho KLT02e tires on my trailer, RR 78. They are the lowest RR tire you can get in a dual, and I got them for $260 each. Kumho also makes a new drive and steer tire with the "e" rating - their "efficient" model. Unfortunately only the trailer tire RR numbers are NOT posted on the Michelin site. If the drives/steers are anything like the trailer tires, they should be outstanding and at the price, unbeatable. I may gamble on them for my next set. Hopefully, the numbers will be posted by then for piece of mind.

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My 2 cents. The 726 and now EL version are amazing tires. Traction in all weather is the key. I wonder about the 710. As for mpg, I'm sorry but the tread depth on the 726EL makes up for the fuel savings. Plus even if it didn't my 726s are mud and snow rated. Is the 710?

Also... Through my purchasing program 710s are $401, 726s $406.

And... Now buying a step deck? No offense, but sounds like you need to figure out what it is you want to do and stop spending money just because it is burning a hole in your pocket. You are going to need it eventually.

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I can get you those tires and more for less money. Call me on my office number: 801-656-4579

Troy

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