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Choosing the Right Forklift Tyre: Solid vs Pneumatic Options

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When selecting tyres for your forklift, it’s crucial to understand the two primary types: solid and pneumatic. This guide simplifies your choice by detailing the advantages and drawbacks of each, helping you make an informed decision.

1. Solid Tyres: Ideal for Indoor Use

Constructed from robust rubber, solid tyres are perfect for indoor environments with flat surfaces.


  • Durability: Lasts up to four times longer than alternatives.

  • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal upkeep.


  • Cost: Generally more expensive than pneumatic tyres.

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2. Pneumatic Tyres: Suitable for Rough Terrain

Pneumatic tyres, filled with air, are designed for outdoor usage, particularly on uneven ground.


  • Smooth Ride: Offers reduced vibration.

  • Affordable: Less expensive than solid tyres.


  • Puncture Risk: Vulnerable to sharp objects.

For most scenarios, solid tyres are recommended, unless you operate heavy-duty forklifts (over 10 tonnes), where pneumatic tyres might be essential. Whichever type you choose, ensure it meets your operational needs.

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Enhanced Forklift Performance with Scantruck

At Scantruck, we not only advise on the best tyre choice but also offer comprehensive forklift service contracts. Our one-for-one solid tyre replacement programme includes:

  • Discounted Rates on Spare Parts

  • Regular Maintenance Checks

  • Affordable Repair and Breakdown Services

Contact us at 6305 6600 for a free consultation and to discuss how we can enhance your forklift's performance​​​​.

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