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When most people think of investing in forklifts, they consider either cushion tire, or pneumatic tires because their categories are usually by type. Although it is common to believe that rough terrain forklifts are the ones you use outdoors in rough areas as their name implies, there is still some confusion about the various differences between these tire types.

Pneumatic tires are the top wheel options in the industrial world of forklifts. They are wheels that have a metallic hub with a rubber tire on it. The tire then gets foam or air filling to the right pressure level in order to achieve the right deflection characteristics and load. When it comes to using this wheel, there are several benefits, as well as some drawbacks. 

At Moffett Truck, we would like you to inform you about the pros and cons as well as the safety measures you need to follow.

The Pros

Pneumatic tires have caster application benefits. One of the main benefits is its ability to absorb load shocks from impacts and it helps to cushion the load. These tires work in applications, with uneven or, bumpy terrains including where the cart contents are subject to sudden shock.  They are also ideal for off-road use as they absorb the unevenness of rough terrains. These wheels are quiet for indoor use, meaning that since they have shock absorbing quality and soft rubber tread, they are ideal for warehouse operations. They help to improve working conditions and suitable for operators as they do not have an effect on their hearing.

The Cons
These tires come with some drawbacks in industrial applications. The first being that the wheel requires more force in order to start its motion. This is because of the large deflection and footprint of the filled tire with air. This makes the wheels harder to swivel because they become tighter.  In addition, they require increased maintenance, where you have to monitor the air pressure, since the wheels may puncture easily, resulting to tire flats. Another good option is to fill these wheels with some polyurethane foam, which in return prevents or reduces the cushioning effect of the wheels.

Pneumatic Safety

It is advisable that you continue to check the tire pressure levels whenever you feel something isn’t right. It is important to maintain the level of pressure, which ensures they work well and last through many uses. You should also ensure that you do not apply sudden brakes, and avoid driving on rough terrains for prolonged times.

Keep in mind that choosing the right type of tires has a direct effect on the safety characteristics and forklift handling. However, before you start your search, you should survey the types of tires on your own and learn about its safety and uses.

When you visit us at Moffett Truck, we can give you the best solutions and maintenance advice on pneumatic tires. We have various forklift models with these, and no matter what questions you have in mind, we are here to help you!