Solid Tires

If you were to see Solid Tires, you’d immediately recognize that they are nothing like the regular tires that you see on your everyday car. Solid Tires are considered to be “Non-Pneumatic”; which means that technically, they are not filled with air. You’re probably thinking, “Well how do they even rotate? Don’t all wheels need air?” Not necessarily.

Solid Tires have different Tire Manufacturers & were specifically designed for Industrial Plants & Light Commercial Applications; this includes forklifts, golf carts, baby strollers, lawn mowers, & even skateboards, which are pretty much things that you’ll see on an everyday basis. Solid Tires for the most part, are made of either solid rubber or custom molded from plastic compounds.

Even though they are solid & may seem very sturdy, they are more likely to to roll over than “regular” tires that are filled with air; which is the obvious reason why they are not suggested for high-speed vehicles. If you look the type of person that always looks on the bright side (like me), you’d come to find that Solid Tires are almost immune to the same wear & tear conditions that regular tires are extremely susceptible to. You know how when you carry a spare wheel in the back of your car, it eventually leads you to waste more gas & is heavier on your tires? Solid Tires were precisely made to handle an extremely heavy load without the constant fear that a tire is going to blow out, or that the cargo is going to be too much for the Solid Tires to handle.

If you‘re involved in the business of manufacturing these wonderful Solid Tires, you must know by now that there are different ways to make them. The most common way would have to be by placing a metal wheel holder into a specific type of mold. After that’s done, something called liquid polyurethane (or liquid rubber) is poured into the mold & is supposed to firmly dry around the metal wheel; which eventually leads it to form the Solid Tire. The second process includes something called a rolling metal wheel. Adhesive is applied on this wheel & is then attached to a sheet made out of rubber. After it’s been attached & fastened securely, the wheel is then rolled to collect layers of rubber until there is enough rubber attached to it to form a full & complete Solid Tire. When it is done drying, it is applied to the vehicle using a special press machine; so I guess it “presses” the wheel onto the vehicle.

If you were to really think about it, Solid Tires have a paradoxical name. They’re labeled as “Solid Pneumatic Tires” even though they are not even pneumatic. The technical definition of pneumatic is something that is operated by either air or gas; and Solid Tires don’t have any of those two things. They are just simply shaped to resemble your average tire. The only disadvantage when it comes to Solid Tires is that they should only be used on Black Top Surfaces. They can cause a rougher ride & may sometimes cause your forklift to get stuck on gravel yards; if you even happen to be driving them on gravel yards.

The major benefit of Solid Tires is that they can basically be used for a variation of different industrial machines. As I mentioned before, you can see them often on forklifts because since they happen to have that “spring” to them, it allows the forklift to maneuver to places where regular tires are more likely roll over because of uneven planes or unsteady surfaces.