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Solid Forklift Tire Types

Solid forklift tires come in two types, Solid Press-on Forklift Tire and Solid Pneumatic Forklift Tire (Resilient Tire).

Solid Press-on Forklift Tires (Cushion Tire)

Solid material is bonded to a steel band called a baseband. The tire is pressed-on to a cylindrical wheel using an industrial press. This tire is typically used on inside forklifts, however, rubber press-on tires are OK for usage on smooth hard surfaces outside such as loading/unloading zones.

Solid forklift tire, specifically press-on or cushion tires, have many different types of press-on forklift tire options:

  • Smooth or traction treads
  • Economy, mid-market and premium solid forklift tires available depending on the average number of hours the forklift operates
  • Non-mark in most sizes
  • Reduced rolling resistance option available in key sizes for better economy, reduced friction and longer tire life
  • Some key sizes available in a anti static compound
  • Polyurethane compounds available (described below)

Solid Pneumatic Forklift Tire (Resilient Tire)

Solid Pneumatic tires look very similar to pneumatic forklift tires but are solid rubber and contain no air. Solid pneumatic tires are compatible with standard pneumatic tire wheels and are flat-proof and typically last much longer that a standard pneumatic tire.

Solid forklift tire, specifically solid pneumatic or resilient tires, have many different types of solid pneumatic forklift tire options:

  • Mainly traction tread with some smooth treads available in key steer sizes
  • Economy, mid-market and premium solid forklift tires available depending on the average number of hours the forklift operates
  • Non-mark in many sizes
  • Some key sizes available in a anti static compound


Pneumatic Forklift Tire Types

Pneumatic forklift tires come in two types, Bias Pneumatic Forklift Tire and Radial Pneumatic Forklift Tire.

Bias Pneumatic Forklift Tire

Bias tire (or cross ply) construction utilizes nylon or kevlar ply cords that extend diagonally from bead to bead. Many industrial tires are bias-based as they are economical. These come in different qualities and ply rates (nylon cords overlapping in layers or plys). Heavier ply ratings often lead to longer tire life and better flat resistance (thicker material).

The advantages of bias tires over radial ply:

  • More economic that radial tires
  • Bias tires are best for short transit runs at lower speeds
  • Bias (or cross-ply) allows the entire tire body to flex easily, providing a smooth ride on rough surfaces
  • More tread options including standard, extra deep, rib and smooth treads
  • Often available in a non-marking compound

Radial Pneumatic Forklift Tire

Radial ply tires and often made of steel cords wrapped 90 degrees to the direction of travel or radially from the center of the tire. Radial tires are ideal for high speed, long runs over smooth hard surfaces (like a lumber yard).

The advantages of radial tires over bias ply:

  • Flexible sidewalls
  • Reduced fuel consumption (less rolling resistance)
  • A softer ride due to flex of the sidewalls. At lower speeds radial-ply tires ride roughly over uneven ground, potholes and expansion joints
  • More stable contact with the surface
  • Steel cords are in tougher than nylon
  • Longer Tread Life
  • Less heat generation leading to longer tire life


Polyurethane Forklift Tire Types

Polyurethane forklift tires come in two types, Polyurethane Press-on Forklift Tires and Polyurethane Load Wheel Forklift Tires & Casters.

Polyurethane Press-on Forklift Tires

Polyurethane press-on tires are similar to rubber press-on tires, but are capable of carrying even heavier loads than rubber press-ons. They are well-suited for narrow aisle forklifts, trundles, specialized carriers and order pickers.

Poly press-on forklift tires are made from polyurethane bonded to a steel base band. They can also be grooved or siped for special applications such as wet environments or freezer usage.

The advantages of polyurethane press-on over rubber press-on:

  • Higher load capacity
  • Poly press-on tire can be smaller and carry the same load making forklifts smaller for tighter warehouses
  • Resistance to corrosion from solvents & chemicals

Polyurethane Load Wheel Forklift Tires & Casters

They are small and capable of carrying very heavy loads usually found on pallet jacks, order pickers, narrow aisle forklifts, etc. Load wheels are polyurethane bonded to a steel core.

The advantages polyurethane Load Wheels & Casters:

  • Noise reduction
  • Non-marking
  • Resistance to corrosion from solvents & chemicals


Telehandler Forklift Tire Types

Telehandler forklift tires come in two types, Pneumatic Telehandler Forklift Tires and Solid Telehandler Forklift Tires.

Pneumatic Telehandler Forklift Tires

Pneumatic telehandler tires come in many tread designs depending on the application (surface). For loose material, you want large void spaces between the lugs that easily clear mud and loose material like a L2/G2 tread. For hard surfaces, you want as much rubber as possible and less void space for longer tire life and more puncture resistance.

Pneumatic telehandler tires provide better traction than solid tires and flex according to the surface conditions giving better grip. The ride quality of a pneumatic telehandler tires is superior to a solid telehandler tires.

Solid Telehandler Forklift Tires

Solid Telehandler Forklift Tires are flat-proof and typically last much longer that a pneumatic tire. Sidewall damage from hazards is typically not a catastrophic failure for a solid tire. Usually a solid tire offers three to five times the tire like over a pneumatic tire. Often solid telehandler tires are found on rental units as the operators do not have the same level of experience operating the machine or a vested interest on extending tire life.


Port Forklift Tire Types

Port forklift tires fall into two major categories, Port Forklift Tires and Port Support Equipment.

Port Forklift Tires

Container Forklift tires are specialized forklift tires. The machines are much larger, vehicle weight greater, and vehicle speed dramatically faster than a standard forklift in a warehouse. Port tires are specifically designed for this particular application.

  • Additional rigidity in the tread area (less separations)
  • Lower rolling resistance (lower operation costs)
  • Strengthened sidewalls (stability)
  • Robust inner bead and even load distribution

Port Support Equipment

These types of port vehicles are very specialized and include a wide range of tire types to provide specialized needs.

  • Container Handlers
  • Straddle Carriers
  • Cranes
  • Terminal Tractors & Transports


Cascadia Industrial Tire Ltd. provides forklift tires specifically designed to provide optimum performance and maximum durability for today's demanding applications. We provide expert insight and solutions for all warehouse vehicles such as forklifts, stock pickers, and material handling equipment.

Forklift tires can be solid, pneumatic (air filled) or polyurethane depending on the application and forklift type. Variations include different tire compounds, marking and non-marking, low rolling resistance and even anti-static. Cascadia Industrial Tire Ltd. can supply solid press-on, pneumatic, polyurethane and solid pneumatic forklift tires for all forklift makes and models.

Multiple Warehouse Inventory

We ship warehouse direct to your business throughout Canada and the USA.

Forklift tires are in stock for all makes and models including:

  • Press-on rubber forklift tires
  • Press-on polyurethane forklift tires
  • Solid pneumatic (resilient) forklift tires
  • Pneumatic forklift ires
  • Radial forklift tires
  • Bias forklift tires
  • Polyurethane load wheels and forklift casters
  • Non-marking solid forklift tires

Tire Options To Fit All Budgets

To meet our customers' industrial and budget requirements we partner with many economy and premium manufacturers. This makes us one of the most dependable and knowledgeable suppliers in the industry.

Selecting the right tire can improve your equipment performance, improve operator productivity and reduce equipment downtime. Let our tire experts guide you for the best tire for your needs.

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When To Replace A Forklift Tire?

You should replace a forklift tire before it poses either a potential safety hazard or is causing performance issues.

Not sure how to measure a forklift tire for replacement?
measure a forklift tires

It's easy. Follow this link to measure a press-on (cushion) tire

Below, are the recommendations made by the industrial tire manufacturers:

when to replace a forklift tires


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