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Your Skid Steer Needs Solid tires, here is why

Back from when the skid steer loader was invented, pneumatic tires were the main option, later on due to the job conditions and the hard surfaces skid steer operators would use foam-filled tires to prevent flat tires on the job site. Since solid skid steers tires have been recently gaining popularity, operators have the choice to upgrade their fleet to solid tires. Why choosing solid tires for your skid steer is a no-brainer? Here are some of the reasons.

  1. Improved Uptime: Solid tires provide the ultimate in puncture resistance, which is a boon for machines operating in scrapyards, quarries, demolition, and waste and recycling facilities, where tires encounter everything from rocks to rebar to debris. And you might think, why not foam-filled tires? Yes, they offer higher puncture resistance than traditional pneumatic tires, but they’re still more susceptible to downtime-inducing damage than solid tires.
  2. Superior Sidewalls: Solid tires will simply not be compromised by punctures or slashing, unlike pneumatic or foam-filled pneumatic tires.
  3. Smoother Ride:  While neither foam-filled nor solid tires will deliver the comfort of pneumatics, features like apertures—small openings built into a solid tire that allow it to flex—are being integrated into solid tires to improve their ride quality and comfort.
  4. Reduced Downtime: When solid tires need to be replaced, the procedure is extremely simple and fast—generally, the tire and rim are replaced simultaneously.
  5. Longer Lasting: Solid tires are built to last. They last three to four times longer than comparable pneumatic tires.
  6. Minimal Maintenance: For solid tires, there’s no need to check air pressure or look for chunks and cuts that may be leaking foam.
  7. Better Total Cost of Ownership: Solid tires cost more up front than foam-filled tires and pneumatic tires. However, given their reduction of downtime (and all the benefits derived from it), along with superior durability and a longer lifespan, the cost of ownership of a solid tire is considerably better than what’s offered by other type of tires.

Solid tires are engineered to deliver maximum performance and life from the factory—no adjustments, tweaks, or fillers necessary!

More SKD content here:
Solid tire tread pattern for SKD
Attachments and Solid SKD tires
Skid Steer loader: Tires specifications


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