While searching for tires for my truck, I found this site about retreads. www.retread.org
. It states... "Tires are basically petrochemical products. It takes 22 gallons of oil to manufacture one new truck tire. Since most of that oil is found in the tire casing which is reused in the retreading process, only 7 gallons of oil are needed to retread that same tire. A fleet using as few as 100 tires a year can save 1500 gallons of oil annually, while substantially reducing the number of casings that end up in the landfills."
Sears used to carry retread tires in all sorts of sizes for passenger cars and light trucks that were about 2/3 the price of new (and also lasted 2/3 as long). Apparently retread technology has gotten much better in recent years but the Sears site and tire rack do not appear to carry them.
Wonder why? Bad reputation from oblivious drivers that don't maintain tire pressures? It seems in these green times that people would be all over this as a cost saving, landfill reducing, terrorist unfunding measure.
Any thoughts on this? Seems like a good idea to me.