The forklift tire is the most integral part in determining on what surface a forklift is meant to work (smooth, flat factory floor, rough outdoor yard, etc.). There are three basic types of forklift tires: Pneumatic Forklift Tires, Solid Rubber Forklift Tires, and Polyurethane Forklift Tires.
Pneumatic Forklift Tires
Pneumatic Forklift Tires are the go-to choice for rough, outdoor use. These forklift tires, are reminiscent of the heavy-duty tires you see on work trucks. They are filled with air, and have large, deep treads in the long-lasting rubber.
Solid Rubber Forklift Tires
Solid Rubber Forklift Tires are exactly as you would picture them. They are made of the same rubber as the Pneumatic Forklift Tires, but instead of being filled with air, are solid rubber all the way through, wrapped around a metal band. The Solid Rubber Forklift Tires will last a very long time. The trade-off, though is less protection for your vehicle. Solid Rubber Forklift Tires can be used outdoors, but only for lighter jobs. For heavy-duty outdoor jobs, you will require Pneumatic Forklift Tires.
Polyurethane Forklift Tires
Polyurethane Forklift Tires are usually used for electric, indoor-only forklifts. The tires are lightweight and provide low rolling resistance, and good traction.
Remember, many forklifts are designed with a specific tire in mind. You may not be able to just remove a Polyurethane Forklift Tire and pop on a Pneumatic Forklift Tire. Always consult your individual forklift’s manual for more specific information on tires.