It is worth noting from the onset that good and solid forklift tires make for a very solid foundation for your forklift of choice. Good tires are not only essential for a safe, efficient and effective drive. When choosing tires for forklifts, it is advisable to take into consideration a variety of factors; these include but are not limited to the following;
First and foremost, it is important to know the fittings. For these tires, there are two types of fittings available and one needs to take a lot of care when making this choice. It is important to understand the differences in these parts if you are in the market to buy a forklift or if you are just checking forklift rental prices. The first type is the press-on tires; they are much easier to put on the forklift but cannot withstand the harsh outdoor terrain which most forklifts may be subjected to from time to time. They are therefore more for use in electric forklifts which are mainly used for indoor purposes. The other type is the standard fitting; these tires are fitted just like other car tires and are better accustomed to the harsh outdoor terrain.
It is also important to take note of the types of tires available in the market. The most common tires in this category include Pneumatic, Solid Rubber and Polyurethane tires. Pneumatic tires are suitable for both outdoor and indoor applications and allow for heavy load capacity. They also have a very deep tread, are made from thick and strong rubber and generally provide for a more comfortable drive since they are filled with liquid polyurethane rather than air. Solid rubber or Cushion tires on the other hand are made from solid rubber and don’t require any air or polyurethane, their turning radius is relatively less when compared against pneumatic tires and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor application. They are not well suited for heavy duty forklifts though when compared against pneumatic tires. Polyurethane tires on the other hand are well suited for lightweight applications and are suitable for indoor applications; they are not suitable for outdoor use even though they have an excellent turning radius.
The overall constraints of a distribution center or warehouse make the turning radius a very important factor to take into consideration. For narrow aisle and indoor warehouses the polyurethane tire is the best option. For forklifts of larger capacity, the pneumatic tire is usually the best choice. They also offer a more comfortable ride because the forklifts that use these tires don’t have shock absorbers. These tires also tend to extend the life of most forklifts used for heavy duty applications.
The surface of the terrain is also a factor worth taking into consideration. Even though Pneumatic tires are quite adept in rough terrains, they don’t do so well in smooth surfaces. For smooth and mostly indoor surface, the best tires to go for are the polyurethane and cushion tires since they do quite well in such surfaces.
Even though the actual usage of a tire does to a great deal determine how long the tire will last, solid rubber tires are known to be the most durable. They do outlast pneumatic tires by almost two or three times. The tire you choose is also dependent on where you will use it and the type of work the tire is expected to perform.