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What Forklift Tyres Should You Choose?

Monday 29 November 2021 – Jake Wallace

Choosing the right Tyre is important for forklifts depending on what terrains you will be navigating. There are typically three options available which are pneumatic, solid and non-marking tyres. This article will analyse what differentiates each one and when you should be using them.

Pneumatic Tyres

Pneumatic tyres are air filled tyres.

Due to this, they provide more give on uneven surfaces, which is why they are best suited to gravel or dirt terrains.

However, being filled with air, these tyres do run the risk of getting punctured.

If your forklift will be used outside on uneven surfaces for most of its time, then these would be the best option for you.  

Solid Rubber Forklift Tyres
Pneumatic Forklift Tyres

Solid Tyres

As their name suggests, these tyres are made of solid rubber.

They are puncture proof as they are not filled with air but are more suited to be used on even surfaces such as cement, bitumen, or concrete.

Since they are solid, however, they are not well suited to uneven terrains as they do not provide much give on the tyre.

If you are planning to use your forklift in a warehouse environment with non-glossy floors, these would be the best option for you.

Non-Marking Tyres

Non-marking tyres are still solid rubber tyres but as the name suggests, they have one definitive feature.

These tyres are manufactured without carbon in the rubber, making them white in colour.

This white colouring prevents them from leaving tyre marks on the floors of warehouses.

They are best suited for warehouses that have protective floor coatings to appear glossy.

These tyres are typically more expensive than the standard solid and pneumatic tyres so it is important for buyers to consider how important non marking tyres will be to their operation.

Non Marking Forklift Tyres
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