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Forklifts come in a broad selection of sizes and shapes, and each kind of forklift uses a unique set of tires. In general, tires are either cushion or pneumatic, however there are some distinctions within those options. Pneumatic tire and cushion tire lift trucks have differing frames, so they are not cross-compatible.
While your forklift tires are sturdy and durable, they have to be changed out every now and then. Raymond West distributes tires for a variety of lift trucks at very affordable prices.
At times referred to as Press On Tires, this type of tire is most often for indoor use, and at times outside on flat surfaces. Press on tires have a shorter diameter as opposed to different kinds of lift truck tires, and thus have a shorter turning radius. This means they are better for confined circumstances like warehouse aisles. Putting a cushion tire on a forklift wheel requires the use of a hydraulic press.
Among the cushion tire selection, two general types are found:
Rubber Cushion Tires: Rubber cushion tires can be used indoors or on smooth surfaces outside like asphalt or concrete. They are constructed with solid rubber, shaped around a solid steel band. These types of tires can be smooth or have a tread. Often the forward tires will be treaded while the rear tires used for steering will be smooth.
Polyurethane Cushion Tires: Solid polyurethane tires work with bigger loads than rubber tires, and they are optimal for narrow aisles, order pickers and other warehouse scenarios. These tires are lightweight, and are more resistant to chunking, splitting and tearing in comparison to rubber, and they can survive up to twice as long as rubber when carefully maintained.
Solid pneumatic and pneumatic tires are commonly used outdoors, and are better equipped for rough or uneven surfaces as opposed to press on tires. They have noteworthy traction and higher ground clearance meaning they are suited for rougher surfaces.
Regular Pneumatic Tires: This type of pneumatic tire is filled with air, and is designed for the roughest surfaces where shock absorption is a concern, both for the lift truck’s safety and the comfort of the operator. The one downside of regular pneumatic tires is that they are susceptible to punctures, and sometimes they are filled with foam to ward off flats.
Solid Pneumatic Tires: Solid pneumatic tires are good for smooth surface inside and outside heavy duty scenarios. Made from solid rubber and nearly puncture resistant, they are the best option for terrain with pointy objects, such as construction sites or recycling yards.
Non Marking Tires
Non-marking options are available for pneumatic, solid pneumatic, and solid tires. These are constructed with hydrated silicas and other additives to avoid leaving floors marred by black marks.
These kinds of tires are commonly used in retail or any spots where unmarked floors matter. They may also be used in some industrial or food processing plants where dust reduction and cleanliness are important.
There are a few detractors to using non-marking tires. Firstly, they often are not as durable as other tires and will need to be replaced more often. A second issue is that they are more prone to static electricity buildup, and a forklift with them must be set up with static abatement options.
Forklift Tires Near Me
With proper maintenance, your forklift tires can decrease energy consumption, significantly improve operator comfort, and enhance your collective efficiency. To chat with a forklift tire expert, give Raymond West a call today!
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