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Forklift Tyres: Types, Tips, Pros & Cons

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PneumaticPneumatic tyres are easily identified because they have a valve that fills the tyre with air. These tyres are more durable because they have deep tread and are made of durable rubber. Pneumatic tyres have 2 sets of bolts on the inside of the rim – the first set lock the rim on to the axle, the second set lock the wheel to the rim. This makes them easily interchangeable. They are most commonly found on high capacity forklift trucks, all terrain forklifts and industrial forklifts. Pneumatic tyres provide a smoother overall operating experience with the cushioning of air in the tyres.Pneumatic tyres shouldn’t be removed without completely deflating all the air form the tyre first for safety reasons. Replace these tyres once they are down to the minimum wear mark.
Polyurethane-WheelsPolyurethane tyres are made of high density plastic. These are a low profile tyre that increase stability on the equipment they are fixed to. Most commonly found on warehouse equipment for indoor use across smooth surfaces. They are longer lasting cushion press on tyre. Polyurethane tyres are able to carry more weight and commonly found in electric powered equipment because it carries the extra weight of the battery. Replace these tyres once they are down to the minimum wear mark.
Cushion-Solid-Tyres03Cushion/Solid tyres are made from solid rubber, without the cushioning of air. These last a long time and are puncture proof with the absence of air to fill the rubber. The rims and rubber tyres are applied separately creating a dual bolt fit to the axle.They are most commonly used on compact industrial forklifts and mostly suited to indoor, smooth surface applications but can also be suitable for light outdoor use. Solid tyres are also used to utilise tighter turning circle capabilities in applications. Solid tyres generally outlast pneumatic tyres by twice the amount of life expectancy. Replace these tyres once they are down to the minimum wear mark.
Non-Marking-TyresNon-Marking tyres are easily identifiable because they are made of white rubber, intentionally fitted to not mark surfaces that they operate on. Typically used in warehouses and storage areas for produce and food. Non-marking tyres have a lower life expectancy than other types, but this is dependent on frequency of use.Replace these tyres once they are down to the minimum wear mark.
Foam-Fill-TyresFoam filled tyres are fitted to forklifts upon special request. These tyres are filled with a specially formulated resin that changes the drive characteristics of a forklift. The tyres are made with special machinery and materials. If you’re work space is prone to frequent tyre punctures, this might be a solution to reduce how often tyres are being replaced.


Ross Grassick

Ross Grassick

Ross founded Lencrow Group with his father back in 1976. Since then Ross has built a nationwide business, pioneered new technology and services in the materials handling industry. Ross is an industry veteran, an advocate for vocational training and a fountain of knowledge on all things mechanical.
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