There is an ever-increasing range of forklift tires in the marketplace and the purposes forklifts are used, as well as the environments they are used in, are becoming more and more diverse.
To get the most out of your company’s investment, you should focus strongly on tire selection. The gains achievable in efficiency and reductions in down time and maintenance are very noticeable over time if you have the right rubber.
There is a huge variety of tires available. The first decision you need to make is the type of tire that is best suited to your forklift.
The three main types of forklift tires are;
There are advantages and disadvantages for each of these different types of tires. Each is specifically designed for different situations and types of use.
Forklift tires can either be press on or standards, with press on being the most suitable for indoor applications. The standard tire is commonly used in outdoor situations
This type of tire is very similar to those used on heavy-duty trucks; they are air-filled and made of very strong rubber for extra durability. If you are looking for a tire with deep tread that will receive its fair share of wear and tear, then pneumatics is the choice.
A pneumatic tire will also extend the life of your machinery. The tires provide superior cushioning, so if you're expecting your forklift to be used in a wide range of environments this is the choice.
A Solid rubber tire is a good multipurpose alternative. They are similar to pneumatic tires but are not inflated with air. They are exactly as name states, solid rubber.
Solid forklift tires
Obviously, the big advantage with solid rubber tires is that you do not have the usual problems as a consequence of pneumatic tire failure. Punctures, blow-outs or tire popping is a thing of the past with solid rubber. A common myth is that they will last longer than pneumatic tires. This is actually untrue.
The big disadvantage is just as obvious, there will be significantly less comfort for the driver and more wear and tear on the machine. In addition, while they are considered good for both indoor and outdoor use, outdoor use should be limited because of the obvious rougher ride.
Polyurethane tires are extremely easy to fit, just press them on the wheel and they are ready for use. The disadvantage here is that using these tires outdoors will substantially reduce their lifespan.
They will last longer than pneumatic and solid rubber tires when used indoors. There are also significant traction gains. Electric forklifts are becoming more and more common and polyurethane tires are ideal for this type of machinery.
Forklift tires are specifically designed for use in all kinds of environments. Obviously, whether you will be using your forklift indoors or outdoors is the first decision.
Brand choice is a subjective thing, so I’ll leave that up to you, but whether your forklift is intended for use on rough terrain or concrete floors, there is a huge range of tires.
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