Forklift tires can be solid or pneumatic, with each type being suitable for certain applications. Solid tires, as the name suggests, are not air-filled and are composed of multiple layers. They come in different layer configurations to suit specific applications. For example, 2-layer solid tires are suitable for intermittent use of forklifts for around 8-10 hours per day, while 3-layer solid tires are more appropriate for continuous use of forklifts for 15-16 hours per day.
Solid tires are mounted onto the wheel rim using a hydraulic tire press. They are highly durable, providing exceptional longevity and a stable platform for forklifts and telehandlers. Solid tires are ideal for warehouse environments where vibration is not a major concern. Moreover, they are 100% puncture-proof, eliminating any downtime associated with tire repairs or replacements.
On the other hand, pneumatic tires are air-filled and typically supplied with a tube and flap, although tubeless options are also available for higher-speed performance. Pneumatic tires come in various tread patterns and offer a more comfortable ride, as they help minimize vibrations transmitted to the machine and its operator. However, pneumatic tires are more vulnerable to punctures compared to solid tires and tend to wear out more quickly.
Both types of tires have their advantages and are suited for different working conditions and applications. Choosing the right type of tire depends on factors such as the working environment, usage intensity, desired comfort level and puncture resistance requirements.