Forklift Tire Specs
Forklifts have been an important tool in commercial businesses and industry ever since the year 1917. During its history the forklift has changed through various kinds, from a simple tractor with a platform attachment to a particular high-tech machine. Forklift tires have also evolved into specialized tires, with various kinds designed to suit specific applications.
Cushion (Solid) Tires
Solid polyurethane or rubber are the kinds of materials used to make cushion tires. They are best for indoor work on surfaces which are smooth. The cushion tire tread is bonded or pressed onto the tire's steel ring. Cushion tires are rated for different load capacities and for ease of steering. Cushion tires are commonly used in warehouse settings.
Pneumatic forklift tires are filled with air or foam. They are offered in two kinds: bias or radial. Depending on the application, they come with different tread depths, weight and sidewall protection. Pneumatic forklift tires which are filled with foam maintain constant pressures and are less prone to punctures. Pneumatic tires are normally used outdoors on surfaces that are rough and uneven.
Pneumatic Shaped Solid/Solid Pneumatic
The comfortable ride that pneumatic tires provide along with the puncture resistance that solid tires provide are the combined features of Solid Pneumatic Hybrid Tires. They are an alternative to the outdoor pneumatic tire.
Large Rubber and Flotation Tires
Large rubber tires, that could either be solid, pneumatic or foam, are used on wheel loader forklifts. These tires are best for moving and loading heavy things onto trucks or into processing machines. Large flotation pneumatic tires are best for masted rough terrain forklifts normally used at lumberyards, construction sites and automobile recyclers.