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Choosing the Best Tire for Your Equipment

Choosing the Best Tire for Your Equipment

Choosing the best tire for your equipment is vital! Rubber tires are way more versatile than you might realize, and the best tire options for you will differ based on your situation. For equipment that requires rubber tires, you have three choices. 

Air-filled tires


  • They have better shock absorption than foam-filled and solid tires
  • They’re cheaper than solid tires
  • They’re ready-to-use, unlike foam-filled tires
  • They offer the best protection for rims and bearings


  • They’re more likely to get damaged than foam-filled and solid tires, which can slow down a worksite 
  • They can be finicky and it may be difficult to maintain the right pressure

When to use air-filled tires: 

  • For jobs when tire damage is highly unlikely

Foam-filled tires

Foam-filled tire


  • They save you from downtime due to punctures
  • They retain approximately 65% of the shock absorption of pneumatic tires, making them softer than solid rubber tires when they’re new
  • They have more tread options than solid tires


  • They can become stiffer as they age, resulting in a more uncomfortable ride
  • They don’t have the same rebound effect as air-filled tires, which can damage rims and bearings over time
  • They have to be cut off the rim of the tire 
  • They have less traction than air-filled tires 
  • They have less sidewall protection than solid tires
  • They require 48 hours to cure before they can be used

When to use foam-filled tires: 

  • For equipment that requires larger tires 
  • For jobs on rough terrain

Solid tires


  • They never require inflation
  • Solid tireThey are designed to last roughly three times longer than air-filled tires because they’re made from special rubber compounds
  • They’re durable and have superior sidewall protection 
  • They can reduce downtime associated with punctures
  • They’re much easier to replace than foam-filled tires


  • They can be more expensive upfront, especially when the price of rubber is high
  • They have less shock absorption than air-filled tires
  • They’re heavier than air-filled tires

When to use solid tires: 

Solid tire

  • For equipment that need a stable base and can handle more weight, like forklifts and scissor lifts
  • For jobs where tire damage is highly likely.



The best tire for your equipment will vary according to your needs. If you have questions about different tire options, contact our Parts department

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2022. We updated it for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in April 2024. 

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