Purchasing skid steer tires takes a little more effort than just going to your local distribution center and picking out a pair. You have to know what you are looking for and get the right tires for your application. Picking the wrong type of Bobcat tires could lead to flat tires, Bobcats stuck spinning in the mud, and unnecessary down time.
What Type Of Skid Steer Tires Are Available?
While every brand has their product name and variations, there are two main types of skid steer tires to choose from: flat-proof and air-filled. Each has a different set of benefits and uses.
- Flat-Proof – Flat-proof tires do not have inner tubes like traditional tires. That means they cannot be punctured, you will not have air pressure leaks, and they are resistant to tears and snags. They are also impenetrable to sharp objects, such as nails, rocks, glass, screws, rebar, etc. Even if they are missing chunks within the tire, a flat-proof Bobcat tire continues to perform. They are most commonly used on job sites, such as construction zones, demolition, jobsite cleanup, landscaping, waste management, etc. They are meant for heavy-duty applications, but should only be used on flat surfaces.
- Air Filled – Also known as pneumatic tires, they can handle uneven or rough terrain. They are the more affordable tire, compared to flat-proof tires. While you can purchase foam-filled pneumatic tires, which do not get punctured as easily, these are extremely heavy and costly; therefore, foam-filled should only be used when the skid steer loader is not taking on excessive strain.
Things To Consider When Purchasing Skid Steer Tires
To find the right type of Bobcat tires, you will need to:
- Determine if you need flat-proof or pneumatic tires by assessing the terrain. Smooth, flat surfaces with items that may puncture need flat-proof tires, while rough, uneven terrains require air-filled.
- Measure the rim diameter.
- Determine the type of tread you need, such as standard duty or a more beefy, rugged tread for muddy areas.
- Find out the width of the tire in inches as well as the tire’s overall diameter. Verify that the tire is the right size for your model of Bobcat by referring to manufacturer instructions.
Find a full line of air-filled and flat-proof skid steer tires for every application and jobsite at Tag Equipment. As Canada’s premier distributor of Bobcat tires and wheels, our experts will help you find the right tire for the job.