Solid vs pneumatic forklift tyres: Which is better for your machines?

Axis Industrial Tyres on 17 March 2017

Choosing the right forklift tyres can have a significant impact on your forklift efficiency and your business. Here's what you need to know about choosing forklift tyres at a glance:

  • The most important choice is between solid and pneumatic forklift tyres
  • Each tyre type is better suited to different applications
  • There are more customisation options within each tyre type

Keep reading to find out exactly how solid and pneumatic forklift tyres differ so you can make the right decision for your business.

Solid vs pneumatic tyres – Features comparison

Solid and pneumatic forklift tyres each have their own features and benefits. Here is a comparison of the major features of each tyre type:

Construction Air filled Solid rubber
Indoor and outdoor Yes Yes
Work surface Smooth and rough Smooth only
Puncture proof No Yes
Lifespan Generally shorter Generally longer
Price Generally lower Generally higher

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Pneumatic tyres are typically better suited to harsh outdoor applications which involve working on rough or uneven ground. This makes pneumatic tyres better suited industries such as construction.

Solid tyres are more commonly used in warehousing and factories where the smaller turning radius is an important factor. They can also work outdoors, but only on smooth, paved areas such as loading docks.

Industry applications

The different types of forklift tyres are designed to be used on different types of ground. This means that they are better suited for working in different industries.

This table shows which type of tyres are usually best for each industry:

Logistics and warehousing  

Get tyres that suit your needs

If you know whether you need solid or pneumatic tyres, it's also worth considering other customisation options. The more you customise your forklift tyres to suit your business, the more you will benefit from efficiency improvements.

There are many more tyre options than just solid and pneumatic. Both tyre types are available with a variety of tread patterns, constructions, and sizes.

Some forklift tyre options include:

  • Industry specific tread patterns
  • Bias or radial ply construction for pneumatic tyres
  • Non-marking options for solid tyres

Understanding what you need from your forklifts allows you to choose tyres which will improve performance and efficiency for your machines.

Get expert advice for your tyres

Here at Axis, we are experts in all types of forklift tyres for all kinds of industries. If you are unsure of the best tyres for your machines, we can advise you on your options and recommend a solution.

We pride ourselves on providing the best customer service, and we can supply and fit your new tyres at your premises.

For more information about your forklift tyres, call the Axis team on 1300 551 001.