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Mark Thiel

Forklift Tires | Albuquerque


Lift trucks come in a broad selection of shapes and sizes, and each type of forklift has a different set of tires. In general, tires are either pneumatic or cushion, however distinctions exist within those options. Pneumatic tire and cushion tire forklifts have differing frames, which makes them non cross-compatible.

Although your tires are tough and long lasting, they must undergo periodic replacement. Welch Equipment has tires for a broad selection of lift trucks at extremely favorable prices.

Cushion Tires

Sometimes referred to as Press On Tires, this type of tire is generally used inside, and sometimes outside on even surfaces. Cushion tires have a smaller diameter than other sorts of forklift tires, and as such possess a shorter turning radius; making them ideal for narrower spaces like warehouse aisles. Putting a press on tire on a lift truck wheel needs a hydraulic press.

Within the cushion tire selection, there are two standard types:

  • Rubber Cushion Tires: Rubber cushion tires can be used inside or on flat surfaces outside such as concrete or asphalt. They are constructed with solid rubber, formed around a solid steel band. This type of tire can come smooth or with treading. Often the front wheels of a forklift will have treaded tires while the rear tires used for steering are smooth.
  • Polyurethane Cushion Tires: Solid poly tires can support larger loads compared to rubber tires, and are ideal for use in narrow aisles, order pickers and other warehouse duties. These tires are lightweight, and are more resistant to chunking, tearing, and splitting in comparison to rubber, and they can survive up to twice as long as rubber when properly cared for.

Pneumatic Tires

Pneumatic and solid pneumatic tires are often used for outdoor applications, and are better suited to uneven or rough surface conditions than press on tires. They have superb traction and more ground clearance which makes them ideal for uneven terrain.

  • Regular Pneumatic Tires: This sort of pneumatic tire is pumped up with air, and is ideal for rougher surfaces where shock absorption is important, both for the integrity of the forklift and the operator’s comfort. The downside of these tires is that they are more easily punctured, so sometimes they are filled with foam to reduce flats.
  • Solid Pneumatic Tires: Solid pneumatic tires work best for even surface indoor and outdoor heavy duty scenarios. Made from solid rubber and nearly puncture proof, they are best used for places with pointy objects, like recycling yards or construction sites.

Non Marking Tires

Pneumatic, solid pneumatic, and solid tires have non-marking options available. These are made using hydrated silicas and other additives to prevent leaving black marks on floors.

These types of tires are often found in retail facilities or any places where clean floors are of concern. 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. The first is that they often don’t have the durability of other tires and as such need more frequent replacement. Another problem is that static electricity builds up on them, and a lift truck using them must be set up with anti-static equipment.

Forklift Tires Near Me

When properly maintained, your forklift tires can decrease energy usage, significantly improve operator comfort, and elevate your overall productivity. To chat with a forklift tire advisor, give Welch Equipment a call today!

Welch Equipment Company Albuquerque

5830 Midway Park Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 822-8043

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