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Forklift Tires

  • September 28, 2012

All About Forklift Tires

The number of forklift models being designed is increasing every year, but there still remain only three types of forklift tires, which should be considered when purchasing a forklift.

Cushion Forklift Tires

Cushion tires are made from solid rubber and are usually optimal for indoor usage.  Cushion tires use a press-on tire that is made with a metal band insides and rubber on the outside, if you decide to use your forklift with cushion tires on grass, rocks, and dirt you risk getting stuck. For cushion forklifts, the tire is the only shock absorber on the truck so how often should you replace your cushion tire? Many cushion forklift tires will have a safety bar on its sidewall that will show when your tire is worn down and needs replacing.  Keep in mind when purchasing a truck that uses cushion forklift tires the tires are not interchangeable with other pneumatic tires.


Pneumatic Air Filled, and Pneumatic-Style Solid Forklift Tires

Pneumatic tires are similar to the tires on heavy-duty trucks made with durable rubber for outdoor and uneven terrain.  These tires are typically found on diesel or liquid propane gasoline forklifts.  Pneumatic forklift tires come in two types: inflated with compressed air and solid pneumatic tires.  The benefits of having traditional air filled pneumatic tires are it will extend the life of your forklift because of the extra cushion they provide.  For solid pneumatic forklift tires they are ideal for use in lumber yards or recycling centers where there may be nails and glass on the surface, but they have a less comfortable ride for the operator and more wear and tear on the machine. When looking at different Pneumatic forklift options consider the weight, tread depth, and a tire with good sidewall protection.  Usually Radial tires cost more but will last longer and provide extra puncture resistance.


Polyurethane Forklift Tires

Polyurethane tires have approximately twice the life span of rubber tires.  These tires are made for warehouse and indoor use only, having these tires on will result in a gain in traction.  Polyurethane tires are ideal for electric forklifts and are becoming more common because of their ability to carry a higher capacity than rubber tires.  The need for higher carrying capacity is necessary with the additional weight of batteries on electric trucks.  The main disadvantage to using Polyurethane forklift tires is the rough ride from the hard material used in Polyurethane.



The functionality of your forklift is dependent on your forklift tires.

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