There has been a sudden adoption of air disc brakes due to the reduced maintenance requirements and costs associated with its counterpart – drums.
Does this mean air disc brakes will cost your transport company less money overtime? Not necessarily.
The director of marketing and customer solutions with Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake says while the level of maintenance for air disc brakes is less than drum brakes, they still need special attention. Keith McComsey says people assume they are maintenance-free, and that’s not the case.
There are impressive maintenance savings, however, the disc air brakes must be regularly inspected.
McKenzie Tank Lines inspects the brakes every 60 days in order to ensure the brakes are at their optimum. While they are not maintenance-free, they require less maintenance and more inspection-based.
Disc brakes are being increasingly used on heavy-haul transportation trucks because they offer better stopping performance in comparison to drums. Disc brakes need less parts and equipment as well.
Would you switch from drum brakes to disc air brakes?