Optimised Forklift Tyres vs All-Terrain Forklift Tyres

Axis Industrial Tyres on 1 September 2015

Choosing Forklift Tyres Any Terrian

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When selecting forklift tyres, there are two basic components to consider: the tyres construction and the tyres tread type. The right combination of construction and tread will ensure that a tyre is matched to a certain set of working conditions, such as outdoors, indoors, wet, dry or rough terrain. Tyres which are optimised to their working conditions will last longer and improve machine performance, saving you time and money in the long run.

At Axis Tyres, we can help you make the right investment in your forklift tyres. We take into account your needs, such as budget, working conditions and machine specifications, then match tyres with the right construction and tread pattern to suit these requirements.

Find out more about our forklift tyre range here, or call our team today on 1300 551 001 to discuss your industrial forklift tyre needs and requirements.

Why Choosing the Right Tyre is Important

A basic or 'all-terrain' tyre for your forklift is not necessarily optimising the performance of your machinery. Optimising perofrmance means selecting the right tyre for to match your machine and work site.

A well matched forklift tyre will ensure:

  • Longer tyre life
  • Greater forklift fuel efficiency
  • Better machine performance
  • Reductions machine wear and maintenance
  • Safer machine operation

The result is less machine downtime and upkeep costs, increasing the productivity value of your forklift operations. Put simply, the right investment in your tyres will save you or your business time and money.

Although all terrain tyres may be able to work in a wide range of conditions and terrains, they will not be optimised for the work site.

Factors to Consider

Realistically, there is no such thing as an all-terrain forklift tyre. When selecting forklift tyres there are a number of factors you need to consider, in order for them to be optimised and suitable for the tasks at hand. These factors include:

The work site conditions & environment. This is the major consideration when selecting your forklift tyres. No matter what kind of working conditions, such as indoor warehouses, outdoor yards or construction sites, there is the right forklift tyre out there.

Machine use. Another factor may be how often the forklift is in operation and for how long. Intense use will be demanding not just on the machine, but on the tyres as well. It is important in these cases to select a high quality, hard wearing tyre to maximise tyre life and reduce downtime.

Special considerations. Some work sites will demand special needs and considerations. Some forklifts may be operating in extreme temperature zones, such as refrigeration or furnace facilities. Other forklifts may need to be cut and damage resistant due to potential hazards, or be non-marking on warehouse floors. There are usually special tyre constructions and materials to cater for almost all specialist work sites.

Although all terrain tyres may be able to work in a wide range of conditions and terrains, they will not be optimised for the work site. In order to service a wide range of environments, all terrain tyres will suffer trade-offs such as shorter life and reductions in machine fuel efficiency.

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Tyre Types

  • Cushion Forklift Tyres are ideal for indoor warehouse environments with smooth, concrete flooring. They are designed for forklifts that carry high loads. Cushion tyres can be produced in different compounds to suit different indoor applications.
  • Solid Forklift Tyres, also known as resilient tyres, are not filled with air. This makes them long lasting and resistant to damage. However, despite their construction, they are not suitable for harsh outdoor applications. Solid tyres are recommended for indoor or smooth outdoor applications.
  • Pneumatic Forklift Tyres are available in both 'bias' ply construction and steel 'radial' construction, depending on the intended application. These kinds of tyres will often have thick rubber and deep tread making them ideal for harsh conditions and uneven surfaces, however they can be punctured and become deflated.
  • Polyurethane Press On tyres can be made for various surfaces and applications such as high temperature areas, explosion proof areas and hygienic areas. There are a wide variety of Polyurethane products to suit all sizes of forklifts.

Tread Types

Treaded tyres come in various patterns, each suited for different applications. The key parts of treaded tyres include the lugs and the voids. Differences in these characteristics will make some tyres better suited for off-road, wet or high speed conditions, as the tread design will allow debris and water to exit from the tyre and grip uneven surfaces.

Smooth tyres do not have any tread markings or patterns. The large contact area of smooth tyres make them ideal for indoor applications where the floor is dry and clean. In these environments, smooth tyres have better grip than treaded tyres. In these applications, tyre life is also maximised as there is no possibility of uneven wear to the tread or damage to the lugs.

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Let us help you choose the right tyre

There is no such thing as a 'one size fits all' tyre – there are a number of factors that need to be accounted for so that tyres and machinery are performing at their maximum potential in terms of fuel efficiency, wear, performance and safety.

At Axis Industrial tyres, we are specialists in forklift tyres. Our expert team can recommend forklift tyres for a range of industrial work site conditions, including warehousing, port handling, construction and scrapping. Our aim is to maximise the efficiency of your forklift equipment by advising your business on the optimal choice in tyre investment.

Axis tyres are the right fit for you, your business and your forklift. Contact us today on 1300 551 001.