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Choosing the Right Tyre for Your Excavator

When choosing a set of new tyres for your excavator you will typically be presented with two primary choices - pneumatic and solid skid steer. Ultimately, this decision will be determined by your type of excavator and its operating functionality. Both types of tyre have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages, as well as certain applications they are best suited to. Continue reading on to find out the differences between solid skid steer tyres and pneumatic tyres.

Solid Skid Steer Tires

This type of tyre is usually more expensive than the pneumatic type, which can put many machine owners off using them. However they do come with some significant benefits that pneumatic tyres cannot provide. Perhaps the most noteworthy advantage of using solid skid tyres is that you do not have to worry about getting a flat. This type of tyre does not puncture, so if you're jobsite is full of sharp and heavy materials (such as a dumpsite) then this is the perfect choice for you.

Other benefits to solid skid steer tyres include:

  • Longer lifespan when compared to pneumatic tyres
  • often solid skid steer tyres last up to 3-4 times longer than their counterparts.
  • Low labour and installation costs - solid skid steer tyres are mounted onto their own wheel rim so they are very easy to install/change.

As with anything in life though, solid skid steer tyres come with some drawbacks too; the main one being the upfront cost. They also fail to provide the same level of ride comfort as pneumatic tyres. Ultimately, the effect these drawbacks will have will largely depend on your type of machine and what you plan to do with it. If you work in abusive conditions then it is best to choose this type of tyre.

Pneumatic Tyre

On the other hand, if your working environment is free of debris and sharp, abusive objects then a pneumatic tyre will do the job for you! These tyres are very popular in the construction industry and for agricultural applications. They are one of the cheapest options available to you, providing the most amount of ride comfort available too.

The main disadvantage of this choice is the inevitability of getting a puncture and a flat tyre. Predicting when this will happen is impossible and often a flat tyre can set your whole business operations back by at least a few hours, costing you time and money! Machine downtime is never good for business and this can be a niggly, frequent issue.

Get Help and Assistance

Choosing which tyre is best for your needs and machine can be confusing and difficult alone. In the long run, what type of tyre you choose will largely depend on your application and machine type. Ask yourself, what terrain will you be driving over and what is your budget? How much abuse do you expect your tyres to take in the near future?

If you require some help choosing a tyre for your excavator, or need some advice on other excavator related issues, give our team a call today and we'll point you in the right direction.


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