When I first moved into my place in Bridgeton MO, the landlord was all to accommodating to install an asphalt ramp for us. It was fall and the leaves were turning brown. The winter came and went and we started noticing huge cracks along the ramp. As summer progresses we began to see the bottom of the ramp starting to crumble, and huge chucks started to come off the bottom where it was unsafe for us to use. The Ramp was poured with no sidewalls, and after 6 unsuccessful repairs, we ended up buying a steel yard ramp to use.
My forklift usage is very high, however it does not take long for asphalt to start cracking and for potholes to form, especially St. Louis where the weather freezes and thaws. (It’s a pavers dream location to have a business). A cushion tire forklift average weight is about 9000 lbs give or take a hundred. Figure the average cushion tire’s contact patch (where the tire touches the ground) is a 4″x6″ area.
Pneumatic or All Terrain “tractor” style tires are best used for asphalt. Cushion tires on asphalt is a bad idea. However, the size of the forklift and condition of the asphalt itself is a factor when driving forklifts outside as well.