Having the right forklift tyres on your forklift is something that forklift owners often don’t think about. But it is the one thing on a forklift that can save your business a lot of operational costs.
The most common types of forklift tyres are:
- Pneumatic tyres – think of these being just like your car tyres. They have a tube filled with air
- Solid tyres – these tyres are generally referred to as Puncture Proof, and are a solid rubber filled pneumatic profile tyre
Different tyres from different manufacturers will or vary, with different ply ratings, made from different compounds and will have a different tread pattern.
When choosing your forklift it is important to make sure that the right tyres are used in the right application.
By making sure your forklift tyres remain in good shape, it can really help reduce wear and tear on the forklift transmission, fuel efficiency is improved and the forklift driver will have a much more comfortable ride.
Application and your forklift tyres
Depending on what application you are operating your forklift in. That will dictate what type of tyre your forklift will be running.
There are several different types of forklifts tyres
Pneumatic forklift tyres
These are just like your car tyres, filled with air, and are made from thick wear-resistant rubber. They are generally best used on uneven or rougher surfaces.
Solid tyres/Puncture Proof
A solid tyre is now one of the most common tyres. Generally, its a pneumatic profile tyre that is solid. The great thing about these types of tyres is that they will usually last 2 – 3 times longer than pneumatic tyres, and being solid means they won’t get punctured.
Of course, you will pay more for them.
Cushion forklift tyres
A cushion tyre is a thin rubber tyre that is pressed onto a metal band. Generally, these types of tyres are found on forklifts, that are used in warehousing or places with concrete flooring. The forklifts are designed in a way that they will have a lot smaller turning radius.
Are exactly the same as solid/puncture-proof tyres, but instead of being made from black rubber, they are made from white rubber.
The difference is that the white rubber tyre will not leave black scuff marks on an otherwise clean concrete floor. The only downfall with these types of tyres is that they have a shortened life span.
Are almost exclusively used on warehousing and indoor forklifts, like walkie stackers or reach trucks. They can range from a small castor wheel found on the front of a straddle leg to the large drive wheel on the back of a reach truck.
Foam-filled forklift tyres
Are basically a pneumatic tyre that is filled with a special resin. They can give slightly more cushioning than a puncture-proof tyre on the forklift.
Way to make sure your tyres last
When it comes to storing forklift tyres, it is best to avoid storing them for longer than a few months at a time. They need to be stored in a cool and dark, dirt and oil-free area.
Just like your car tyre, the hard and faster you drive them, and spin your tyres the quicker your forklift tyres will wear out a lot quicker. To maintain them, drive your forklift normally and you will get the maximum life out of them