More people are choosing solid industrial tires for forklifts, skid steers and even farm equipment, according to manufacturers. They cite a variety of reasons, beginning with affordability.
On average, a solid tire contains three times the amount of tread rubber compared to a pneumatic of the same size,. Although the cost of acquisition is higher, the cost of ownership over the life of the tire represents a significant saving.
Solid tires also improve safety as there is no need to monitor air pressure, which affects both tire wear and the stability of a lift truck.
Once you start adding up the cost of ownership, reduced downtime and maintenance, and added safety, the benefits are clear and this is something most fleet operators know very well.