Running or Considering Running Hercules Tires on Your Vehicle?

The Hercules Tires & Rubber Company distributes passenger, light truck, medium truck, trailer, off-the-road, and industrial and specialty tires. ...

 Hercules operates wholesale warehouses in the United States, Canada, and China. The company was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. But, does Hercules make the right tires for you?

Is Hercules Right for You?

by Drew Gill

My day job would have to be one of the toughest on vehicles and tires (working in an open cut coal mine)in the world. A vehicle is purchased brand new and usually lasts about a year. The life of a set of tires can vary depending on the season, but many don’t last more than 10,000 miles. We’ve had many different brands and types of tires over the years and the ones my boss seems to keep going back to are Hercules. Now, I don’t exactly know why that is, he could just be getting them cheap. However, the Hercules tires seem to do fine and, if they are cheaper than most options, I can see why he does it.

hercules tire logoProbably the most common tire killers at work are screws and nails that are left lying around, but also worth a mention are some of the sharp rocks and other debris that get uncovered or fall off vehicles. Chunks of coal or rock often fall out of dump trucks and can instantly punch a hole into a tire that can’t be repaired no matter how good the repairer thinks he is.

On the Road

On the road surface, our Hercules tires seem like a good choice, although I’ve noticed wet weather driving can be a little slippery. We generally cruise along a same section of highway each day to get to a remote area of the mine and it means driving highway speeds for around an hour each way. There is some feedback through the suspension compared to some of the tires we’ve used in the past, but I think those Hercules are a good compromise for the road and the unsealed road surfaces we have to navigate.

It’s important to be able to maintain communications at all time, whether that is via radio or phone, so road noise can be a clincher when it comes to making tire decisions. The Hercules Tires do make a bit more noise than some of the other tires we’ve had in the past, but it’s not surprising given their appearance. They have that real off-road look with a very pronounced tread.

On the Dirt

assistantThroughout the mine, there is a lot of different surfaces and each one presents a different challenge for a vehicle. For the majority of the time, we are driving over a surface that is a combination of coal and dirt, but there are unsealed roads that are a heavy red soil and others that are rock. When the surface is wet, it can be either slushy and boggy or extremely slimey and slippery.

In the mud, the Hercules tends to cope with the slippery situations we encounter a lot better than some of the other brands of tires. Open cut coal mines rely on water trucks that disperse a steady spray of water over the roads in order to control dust. This means that many of the road surfaces are quite boggy and slippery- even in the searing heat of summer. In fact, it isn’t entirely uncommon to drive through thick mud, followed by dry sand-like dust and then over rock before finally travelling a paved section, all in a matter of a very short distance.

Hercules' Range of Tires for Light Trucks and SUVs

Terra Trac A/T

Hercules describes the Terra Trac A/T as a premium all terrain tire that performs at its best in challenging driving conditions. It has an advanced tread pattern and an aggressive sidewall to combine strength and durability, but with a smooth and quiet ride when cruising.

All Trac A/T

This is a light truck tire with on/off road capability. While being an all terrain tire it still is able to give high mileage and even wear. Its aggressive tread design ensures the tire is able to perform in all types of elements.

Terra Trac SUV

This Hercules tire is aimed at the SUV and light truck markets. The tire has been engineered with a solid center rib for enhanced steering response and sipped to maneuver in wet and dry conditions. Terra Trac gives a smooth, peaceful ride when cruising on highway or town road surfaces.


This tire is specifically designed for SUV and CUV fitments. The tire features a smooth and quiet “car-like” ride with excellent wet and dry traction. It’s a tire that can go the distance as well as perform with the best.

Terra Trac Radial Rib

This tire has a 5-rib design for smooth running performance and exceptionally long mileage. The tire’s aggressive center rib gives great all weather performance and outstanding road traction. The tire’s wide tread arc provides traction and long, even tread wear.

Terra Trac H/T

Hercules says that this tire has a strong rib design so that it can provide all-season traction with long even tread wear. It provides a smooth and quiet ride for highway cruising and the tire comes with M and S ratings.

Trail Digger M/T

This Hercules tire is designed with stone “blockers” to increase puncture resistance. The XXL scooping tread lugs give the Trail Digger maximum traction in mud, gravel, and sand. Pinned for studs.

Terra Trac A/W

This is a versatile truck tire that offers peak performance for the person that wants to go on or off road. The tire has two steel belts plus two nylon cap piles under the tread to offer puncture protection. The tire also has advanced sidewall contruction that protects against impacts. The tire's advanced tread design offers longer tread and a quiet ride while cruising on the highway.    

Loads of Hercules Tires Available

Hercules Tires also make performance tires, truck tires and regular family sedan tires. Whether you're travelling through a coal mine, driving a truck load of cattle or just travelling to work in city traffic, Hercules Tires have something for every application.

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