Skid Steer Tires – Getting the Right Replacement for Skid Steer Tires
The performance of your skid steer depends largely on your tires. In this article, we will discuss the fundamentals of skid steer tires.
The 2 types of Skid Steer Tires:
- Pneumatic Tires, which are made from hollow rubber filled with just air or polyurethane foam.
- Solid Rubber Tires, which are fully made from rubber.
Tire size – There are 7 factors in choosing the right size guideline, and the specs are usually specified on the tire sidewall. As per the example below, these are listed in the order of type, rim diameter, overall diameter, section width, tread width, tread depth, and max capacity. There can also be a brand, serial number, special indications, and safety procedures on the tire sidewall. It is also smart to use the OEM recommended sizing or the equivalent replacement for OEM sizes.
“Pneumatic, 14” x 17.5”, 36”, 14”, 13”, 37/32, “8,500 lbs”
“Solid, 10” x 16.5”, 30”, -, 9.7”, 62/32, “5,400 lbs”
Tire Ratings – “SR” is short for Star Rating in radial tires, and “PR” is short for Ply Rating in bias-ply tires. The ratings will indicate the strength of the tire, with higher ratings corresponding to heavier load capacities.
LI and SS – “LI” is short for load index and “SS” is short for speed symbol. Load index refers to the maximum capacity that a tire can carry at a specific speed. The specific speed in question is indicated by the SS. Note that some tires can have more than one SS symbol at the same LI.
Technologies – Skid Steer tire types have been developed over time, resulting in many types to choose from:
Bias: This is a tire made from nylon sheets crossed over each other. Bias tires are usually cheaper, have higher sidewall puncture strength, and have higher stability.
Radial: This is a tire with a metal belt and a flexible carcass placed radially. Radial tires usually last longer, have higher tread impact strength, heat resistance, and higher traction.
Solid: Bias and radial tires are usually considered pneumatic tires as they are inflated with air or foam. Solid tires can fit your skid steer better for heavy-duty work.
With this information, you now know how to choose the right tire selection for your skid steer. Our experts at OTRUSA.COM can provide you with the exact model for your needs, along with any advice to help customers choose the right skid steer tires.
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