Choosing the Right Forklift Tires

By: Thomas Morva

Forklift tires are usually either press-on or standard.  Press-on tires are easier to put on the forklift, but they may not stand up to some of the more difficult outdoor terrain that standard tires can.  Standard tires are put on the wheel in the same way as car tires.  Press-on tires are usually made for electric forklifts or other forklifts designed for primarily indoor use. 

Pneumatic forklift tires are very similar to heavy-duty truck tires.  They are filled with air, have a thick, deep tread, and are made of strong rubber that resists wearing down.  Pneumatic tires extend the operating life of the forklift by providing an air cushion between the forklift and the terrain.  Most rough terrain forklifts use pneumatic tires due to their rugged durability and long lifespan. 

Solid rubber tires are an alternative to pneumatic tires.  They are the same except that they are solid rather than filled with air.  They will not pop or go flat like pneumatic tires, but they do not provide an air cushion either.  They are very long lasting, but they don’t extend the life of the forklift like pneumatic tires.   Solid forklift tires are great for indoor use or light outdoor use.  They are not recommended for long-term rough terrain use.

Polyurethane forklift tires are usually used on indoor forklifts.  They are usually pressed on to the wheel, which is the easiest way to apply a tire.  Polyurethane forklift tires are great for indoor use because they provide the right amount of traction and have a low rolling resistance that prolongs their lifespan.  Polyurethane forklift tires are perfect for use on electric forklifts. 

Forklift tires are made to accommodate forklifts in all different situations.  Whether a forklift is intended for use on rough terrain or on concrete indoors, there are tires that will support it.

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