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Mark Thiel

Forklift Tires | Salt Lake


Lift trucks come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and each sort of forklift uses a unique set of tires. Generally, tires are classified as pneumatic or cushion, however distinctions exist within those classifications. Cushion tire and pneumatic tire lift trucks have different types of frames, so they are not cross-compatible.

While most tires are tough and long lasting, they must undergo periodic replacement. Welch Equipment offers tires for all sorts of forklifts at highly competitive prices.

Cushion Tires

At times called Press On Tires, this variety of tire is primarily used inside, and also outside on even surfaces. Cushion tires are of a smaller diameter compared to other kinds of forklift tires, and thus possess a narrower turning radius. This means they are ideal for narrower areas like warehouse aisles. Putting a press on tire onto a forklift wheel needs a hydraulic press.

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

  • Rubber Cushion Tires: Rubber cushion tires are often used indoors or on flat outdoor surfaces such as concrete or asphalt. They are made from solid rubber, formed to fit around a steel band. These types of tires can come smooth or with treading. Often the front tires will have a tread while the back wheels responsible for steering lack treading.
  • Polyurethane Cushion Tires: Solid polyurethane tires work with bigger loads compared to rubber tires, and are ideal for use in narrow aisles, order pickers and other warehouse jobs. These lightweight tires are more resistant to splitting, tearing, and chunking when compared to rubber, and they can survive up to twice as long as rubber when properly cared for.

Pneumatic Tires

Solid pneumatic and pneumatic tires are commonly used outdoors, and are better equipped for rough or uneven surface conditions as opposed to press on tires. They have superb traction and more ground clearance making them suited for rougher surfaces.

  • Regular Pneumatic Tires: This type of pneumatic is filled with air, and is ideal for the roughest surfaces where there is a concern about shock absorption, for both the safety of the forklift and the operator’s comfort. The downside of these tires is that they are susceptible to punctures, so they are sometimes filled with foam in order to prevent flats.
  • Solid Pneumatic Tires: Solid pneumatic tires are good for flat surface indoor / outdoor heavy duty scenarios. Made from solid rubber and nearly puncture proof, they are a good choice for environments with pointy objects, such as recycling yards or construction sites.

Non Marking Tires

Pneumatic, solid pneumatic, and solid tires have non-marking options available. They are constructed with hydrated silicas and other additives to avoid leaving floors marred by black marks.

These types of tires are frequently used in retail facilities or other places where clean floors are important. They are likewise used in a selection of industrial or food processing plants where cleanliness and dust reduction are important.

There are some detractors to using non-marking tires. First and foremost, they don’t tend to be as durable as other tire varieties and can need to be replaced more often. One more complication is that they experience static electricity buildup, and any lift truck with them needs to be set up with anti-static equipment.

Forklift Tires Near Me

When maintained properly, your forklift tires can decrease energy usage, greatly improve the comfort of operators, and enhance your overall productivity. To chat with a lift truck tire advisor, call Welch Equipment today!

Welch Equipment Company Salt Lake City

2181 3200 W
West Valley City, UT 84119

(801) 972-9272

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