5 attributes to look for in telehandler tyres
Telehandlers are a versatile and multifunctional machine that combines the lifting capability of a forklift, with the reach and elevation of a crane for exceptional efficiency. Telehandlers should be fitted with tyres that offer high stability given their applications i.e. lifting heavy loads and reaching high heights often on unstable or unfinished surfaces. Tyres affect a telehandler’s reliability, ride comfort, the total cost of ownership and will impact the rental customer’s jobsite performance.
Currently there are 3 tyre options available for telehandlers viz. pneumatics, foam-filled pneumatics and solids. One should consider the following factors while making a selection.
1.Puncture resistance: Solid tyres have a full rubber construction and offer maximal puncture resistance, they will never go flat! Foam-filled pneumatic tyres are puncture proof but can be damaged by metal or sharp debris. If the tyre suffers a severe injury, foam can come out of the tyre and can cause unpredicted downtime. On the other hand pneumatic tyres are not puncture proof.
2.Damage resistance: Solids tyres are highly resistant to cuts and impact damage and should be considered in applications where the underfoot conditions are harsh. Foam-filled tyres have a similar resistance to cuts and chunking as pneumatic tyres.
3.Service life: Solid tyres have a deeper wear resistance tread and typically last 3-4 times longer than equivalent pneumatic or foam filled tyres.
4. Stability and overall comfort: While both foam-filled and solid tyres offer very good stability, solids have a lower deformation under loads. This can be an advantage given the purpose of telehandlers. Sidewall apertures helps in shock absorption. Apertures also helps in dissipating heat more effectively, thus making solid tyres suitable for continious operations. Trident has developed a new non-directional tread pattern with a continuous centre lug and higher lug to void ratio that reduces wear and vibrations.
5. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): Although solid tyres generally have a higher acquisation cost, they reduce operating cost during life time of machine. It’s important for tyre buyers to look at the total cost of ownership, including serviceability and the potential cost of downtime, not just the acquisition cost.
Given that solids are 100% flat-proof and have a better damage resistance they offer an opportunity to reduce overall tyre cost thus contributing to high productivity and profitability in all operating conditions. They also offer a more predictable lifecycle over pneumatic and foam filled tyres, which is great for rentals as most of the time they are unaware of the customer applications.