Pneumatic vs. Cushion: Which Tire Type is Right for you?

Toyota forklifts are available in many different models and specifications. There are many questions you need to ask yourself when choosing the right forklift for your business. One of the most important questions to ask is, which tire type is right for you? Some of the most common tire types for forklifts are cushion tires, air-filled pneumatic tires, and solid pneumatic tires. These options are suited for different conditions and jobs.

Unlike a traditional car or truck tire, cushion tires are made of solid rubber that is then fitted around wheel. These tires are more affordable to manufacture and are easier for owners to maintain. Due to the solid rubber construction of the tire, they do not have a large amount of traction, especially outdoors. Cushion tires are best suited for smooth indoor surfaces such as warehouses. Cushion tire forklifts are also useful in narrower conditions due to the smaller turn radius that is facilitated by the size of the tires. Cushion tires are a simple and effective tire option for use on smooth surfaces.

Cushion tire

Pneumatic tires on the other hand are more similar to the tires found on a car or truck. They are larger and are often times filled with air like a traditional tire. This tire type is able to perform on uneven and rough terrains such as construction sites and lumber yards. The solid pneumatic option is made of solid rubber like the cushion tire but is larger and has a tread like that of a traditional pneumatic tire. These solid pneumatic tires are useful in conditions that may have a high risk of punctures. Whether you choose an air filled or a solid pneumatic option, the size and tread of these tires will allow your forklifts to travel over dirt and gravel while maintaining grip and stability. However, the tires will require a larger turn radius and larger wheels that may make navigating narrow aisles difficult.

Pneumatic tire

When choosing which tire type is right for you, you must consider the needed load capacity, terrain of job site, and the amount of space to work within. All of these options are extremely effective in the conditions that they are suited to. If you have any question regarding which tire type would best fit your needs, feel free to send any questions to or call us at (704) 399-9700.

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