Telehandlers, also known as telescopic handlers, boom lifts, reach forklifts, or cherry pickers, are designed to make your heavy lifting as easy as possible. And the right telehandler tires ensure reliable telehandler performance.
How do I measure my telehandler tires?
Tires are essential to your telehandler’s performance as its lack of a traditional suspension system means the tires bear the brunt of your machine’s weight, greatly impacting its overall performance.
So, when your telehandler tires begin chunking, tearing, or sporting flat spots, it’s essential to replace them. But before replacing them, make sure to measure your current tires to ensure your new tires fit perfectly.
You may be able to find the size of your tires printed on its sidewall. Pneumatic tire measurements are listed as width x rim diameter while press-on tire measurements are listed as outer diameter x width x rim diameter.
If the tire size is not printed on the sidewall, you can measure the outer diameter, width, and rim diameter with a tape measure.
How do I choose the right replacement telehandler tires?
There are three types of these tires: air-filled pneumatic tires, foam-filled pneumatic tires, and solid tires.
Air-filled Pneumatic Tires
Air-filled pneumatic tires are the lightest and least expensive as they have no filling, and they also offer a relatively smooth ride. Additionally, these tires’ lightweight construction means they are perfectly suited for applications where the ground is soft (such as flooded or muddy areas).
However, due to their lightweight design, these tires can be easily punctured by debris and can therefore have a negative impact on telehandler reliability.
Foam-filled Pneumatic Tires
While foam can be added to air-filled pneumatic tires at any point, purchasing foam-filled tires from the beginning will provide the best performance. Slightly more expensive due to their filling, these tires are designed to be heavier to offer more stability and a smoother ride on rough terrain. These tires also provide extra protection against punctures, making them perfect for uneven, debris-strewn sites.
Foam-filled tires are prone to wearing down sooner than air-filled tires, however, which affects reliability. They also are prone to serious sidewall damage.
Solid Pneumatic Tires
Solid pneumatic tires last 4-8 times longer than pneumatic tires because they are designed with rubber all the way through. This protects against quick wearing down as well as damage from punctures, meaning they never go flat.
These tires are much heavier, however, and therefore sink into uneven terrain more easily. They are also not as comfortable for the operator due to their rigidity, and they are far more expensive than other options.
Made of solid rubber molded to a steel band, these tires are made to be incredibly easy to install with a press-on design. With impressive durability, these tires have a shorter lifespan than solid pneumatic tires but also cost less.
These tires are not designed to tackle rough terrain or debris-strewn work sites, so they should therefore only be used indoors or on very smooth surfaces outside.
In short, think about your worksite conditions and the functionality you need when choosing your telehandler tire. Any type of tire you require can be found on Gearflow with its 100% vetted suppliers.