The Benefits of Solid Tires in Both Smooth-Surface and Off-Road Applications
There are few places other than construction sites where the expression ‘time is money’ would be more applicable. On-time completion of a job, regardless of its size and scope, ranks high among the many success factors for a contractor, which in turn helps to avert the potential for immediate cost overruns and the loss of future business opportunities.
This is why any and all equipment allocated a project must be completely reliable; if that equipment malfunctions to any degree it can begin a domino effect that could eventually impact the successful completion of the job – and thus the contractor’s bottom line.
While any type of equipment failure can be quite frustrating, to say the least, a situation as simple as a flat tire can have substantial consequences. This is not like a flat tire on a private vehicle that can be repaired or replaced by calling a roadside assistance service; tires on construction equipment can be rather large and cumbersome to replace, not to mention that this work often needs to be done in off-road locations and conditions where access might be difficult and traction could be less than ideal for any service equipment.
To help avoid such situations and their potential ramifications, contractors would be well-advised to consider solid rubber, flat-proof tires for their construction vehicles. Although they have a higher price point than air-filled or foam-filled tires, solid rubber tires have been gaining traction (pun intended) in the construction market for a variety of reasons:
- Reduced downtime
- Less/minimal maintenance
- More durable (3x longer lifespan)
- For smooth and off-road surfaces
- Bonded to rims to prevent tire slippage
- Extra-deep tread provides greater traction
- Less shock-related damage to the equipment
- No special equipment needed for changing tires
- Smoother, more comfortable ride for the operator
- Added weight stabilizes machines (lower centre of gravity)
As a result of the superior durability, performance, and cost-efficiencies of solid rubber, flat-proof tires, they have become a popular choice with contractors and site supervisors, especially for small to mid-sized Bobcat skid steers and other compact equipment. Solid tires are proving their value in a wide range of applications, including but not limited to:
- Snow Removal
- Waste Transfer
- Metal Recycling
Construction vehicles and machinery equipped with durable, solid rubber, flat-proof tires can have a major influence on day-to-day productivity, time and deadline management, and most importantly, a contractor’s bottom line, regardless of whether that equipment will be operated on smooth, hard surfaces or in rugged, off-road locations.
An Extensive Inventory of Solid Rubber, Flat-Proof Tires to Meet Your Needs
Despite the superior durability, among other benefits, of solid tires compared to air-filled or foam-filled, contractors should not become complacent about the specific type of solid tires to have installed on the skid steers and other compact construction equipment from such manufacturers as:
- John Deere
- New Holland
Because these flat-proof tires will be continuously tested, and thus must be reliable, on a daily basis, it will be important for contractors to select the appropriate tires for the type of work to be performed; and the compact equipment specialists at Tag Equipment can provide the information and insight that contractors might need to help choose the solid tires best suited to their respective needs.
Tag Equipment maintains an extensive inventory of solid rubber, flat-proof tires including the following top-quality products from Camso (formerly Camoplast) and Traxter:
- SKS 792S – durable off-road tire for Bobcat and other makes of skid steer loaders
- SKS 782S – stepped-tread design for excellent clean-out, better off-road traction
- XD – hard-surface tire with excellent traction; the longest-life solid tires available
- R4 – has 3-5 times longer life than air-filled tires; ideal for the toughest job sites
- SM – smooth-tread solid tires for hard-surface use; long wearing, little downtime
For additional information on the range of solid rubber, flat-proof tires available from Tag Equipment, please visit our Solid Wheels & Tires page.
Want to make the correct choice of solid tires for your Bobcat skid steers or other types of compact equipment? Call the specialists at Tag Equipment at 647-559-3703 today to consult with one of our experienced representatives.