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Solid telehandler tires are an invention born out of necessity. Let's take a closer look at what they are and how they can work to your advantage.
Standard air-filled tires come with a variety of potential problems. A simple puncture can incapacitate your tire entirely, leaving you without a vital piece of machinery.
Additionally, because standard tires have relatively short lifespans, you don't get full use out of the tread. While it might be possible to reseal or repair specific damage, it's rarely fully effective.
Solid tires, on the other hand, offer a range of advantages. Firstly, since solid tires have no filling, there's nothing to leak out. Secondly, since the structure is independent of the contents, the tire will work well even when the surface has broken and pitted.
While foam-filled tires are a step up from standard tires, they have specific inadequacies. When you have a slow leak or small puncture, the foam will leak from your tire and fill the gap. However, this type of equipment is prone to developing tears along the side walls.
When the side or inner wall tears, the foam leaks out in large amounts, and the tire will go flat. Since you can't repair them, you lose a lot of potential use, as with conventional tires. Since solid tires don't have a filling, there's no potential for leakage.
Foam-filled tires are considerably cheaper, in the short-term, than solid tires. However, if you consider that you need to replace foam-filled tires two to three times in a solid tire's lifespan, they're more expensive overall.
As with any piece of equipment, some problems could pop up with this kind of kit. One of the main issues you might face over time is losing vast chunks of the tire.
Overall, this isn't a significant problem since it will maintain shape unless faced with severe damage. However, in some cases, the rubber might break off right to the rim. In these cases, you'll have to replace the part,
Other potential problems include incorrect installation leading to slippage. Some users claim that they experience a lack of grip and issues with heat dissipation.
This type of equipment is relatively straightforward, so you shouldn't struggle when purchasing them for your vehicle. The main thing you need to take into account is the vehicle's wheel size. There are a couple of standard sizes, so that should be relatively simple as well.
One relatively new development to be aware of is the segmented solid tire. Each one consists of many segments that bolt directly to the wheel rim. Therefore, if you manage to damage a section of your tire badly, you can replace only the injured part.
Another advantage of the segmented version is that it's much easier to install, and replacing pieces can be done with a wrench. Conversely, standard solid tires are notoriously complex to install.