Forklift Tyres

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Our forklift tyre range covers solid, pneumatic & press-on-band tyres in all common sizes in leading brands like Camso Solideal, Trelleborg, BKT & Continental. Simply search our catalogue & buy online! For assistance please call us on 01159 940 900, or alternatively live chat or message us & we will be glad to help!

Need Fitting? Our UK wide MOBILE ONSITE FITTING service is available for the Camso Solideal, Trelleborg & Continental branded tyres, where a certified & insured fitter will come to your site within 2-4 working days to fit your tyres for you. Please ask us for a fitting quote as costs depend on the size of forklift tyre required.

Inner tubes & flaps are also available in common sizes. If there is something we don't have listed please Contact Us and we will track it down for you! Find your tyres using our tyre finder search tool below by entering your tyre size or brand:

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How Do I Read My Forklift Tyre Size?

Forktruck tyre sizes can be written in a few different ways. Look at the tyre sidewalls to locate any tyre markings and see if they look similar in format to the below examples:

Example 1 - 4.00-8, 6.00-9, 8.15-15...

The first number is the width (section width) of the tyre in inches. The last number is the rim (diameter of the hole in the middle of the tyre) in inches that the tyre fits onto. So a 6.00-9 is 6 inches wide, and fits on a 9 inch rim (has a 9" hole in the centre of the tyre). The tyre construction isn't specified but it will be either Solid (solid rubber) or Pneumatic (air filled). In our tyre finder select construction as SOLID for solid tyres, or as CROSSPLY for pneumatic air filled tyres.

Example 2 - 250-15, 300-15... 

Similar to the above but there is no decimal point in the first number. Again, the first number is the width (section width) of the tyre but this time in millimetres not in inches. The last number is the rim (diameter of the hole in the middle of the tyre) in inches that the tyre fits onto. So a 300-15 is about 300mm wide, and fits on a 15 inch rim (has a 15" hole in the centre of the tyre). The tyre construction isn't specified but it will be either Solid (solid rubber) or Pneumatic (air filled). In our tyre finder select construction as SOLID for solid tyres, or as CROSSPLY for pneumatic air filled tyres.

Example 3 - 23X9.00-10, 27X10.00-12... 

The first number is the height of the tyre (called the outer diameter) in inches. The second number is the width (called section width) of the tyre in inches. The last number is the rim size in inches that the tyre fits onto. So a 23X9.00-10 is 23 inches tall, 9 inches wide, and fits on a 10 inch wheel rim. The tyre construction isn't specified but it will be either Solid (solid rubber) or Pneumatic (air filled). In our tyre finder select construction as SOLID for solid tyres, or as CROSSPLY for pneumatic air filled tyres.

Example 4 - 200/50-10, 250/75-12, 300/75-15...

The first number is the width (section width) of the tyre in millimetres. The second number is the profile, and the last number is the rim in inches that the tyre fits onto. So a 250/75-12 is 250 mm wide, has a profile of 75%, and fits on to a 12 inch wheel rim. The tyre construction isn't specified but it will be either Solid (solid rubber) or Pneumatic (air filled). In our tyre finder select construction as SOLID for solid tyres, or as CROSSPLY for pneumatic air filled tyres.

Example 5 - 250X105X170, 405X130X305... 

This size marking is commonly seen on 'press-on-band' style forklift tyres. The first number is the height of the tyre (called the out diameter) in millimetres. The second number is the width (called section width) of the tyre in millimetres. The last number is the rim in millimetres that the tyre fits onto. So a 405X130X305 is about 405mm tall, 130mm wide, and fits on to a 170mm wheel rim. The construction will almost always be solid rubber (not air filled) as this size marking is usually always for solid rubber or polyeurethane press on band tyres.

 

What Type of Forktruck Tyre are There?

There are 4 main tyre types for Forklift tyre:

1. Solid Tyres 
The most commonly used tyre type is solid tyres, sometimes known as solid resilient tyres. These look like normal tyres but are made of solid rubber material so are not inflated/air filled like pneumatic tyres. They are therefore puncture proof and wear very well extending the tyres life span. The inner section of solid tyres is usually a soft compound, which gives some cushioning/suspension (to help with ride quality), with an outer layer on top made of rubber. To fit solid tyres to your forklift you normally require a special tyre press, and often the tyre fitting takes place on site by a specialist mobile tyre fitter who bring the press with them. There are two different fixing methods for solid tyres, Standard Fit and EasyFit. These are dependent on the trucks make, model and age.

2. Pneumatic tyres
Pneumatic air filled tyres are normally fitted to larger machines and side loaders, often because pneumatic tyres giving much more cushioning/suspension than solid tyres would. Pneumatic tyres are air filled like normal car tyres for example, and often require an inner tube and tyre flap to keep them inflated. Some manufacturers supply the tyre, inner tube and a flap in a 'set' as standard. Some of the larger tyre sizes have to be pneumatic as a solid tyre would simply be too heavy for the machine to move.  

3. Press on bands
Press-on-bands are a solid band of rubber that is bonded to a steel band. Press on bands are normally fitted to machines that only work in areas with smooth floors. They are not very thick and so have very poor cushioning/suspension properties. Again a special tyre press is required to fit these tyres. The process involves a new tyre being pressed onto the wheel, where the inner steel band stretches over the wheel. This tight fit holds the band in place.

4. Bonded tyres
Finally on warehouse equipment there are bonded tyres. These usually have a urethane or rubber tyre bonded to the wheel. Replacement of the tyre usually requires the whole wheel being changed.

 

Whats the Difference Between Pneumatic & Solid Forklift Tyres?

Forktruck tyres can be solid or pneumatic, with each type being suitable for certain tasks. Solid tyres, as the name suggests, are not air filled, but are solid bands of molded rubber or a strong polymer, and are fitted to the wheel rim using a hydraulic tyre press to press them onto the rim. Solid tyres offer unmatched durability and a stable platform for Forklifts and Telehandlers, and are an excellent choice for a warehouse environment where vibration is not a concern. Solid tyres also cannot be punctured, making them suitable for hazardous environments.

Pneumatic tyres on the other hand are air-filled, and may have an inner-tube and/or flap, or sometimes may be tubeless for high-speed performance. Pneumatic tyres are available in a greater range of tread patterns and sizes and offer a more comfortable ride, minimising the stress/vibration applied to the machine and its driver. Pneumatic tyres are vulnerable to punctures however. and wear out quicker than Solid tyres. 

A frequently asked question is 'How long do solid tyres last compared to pneumatic tyres?'. Depending on usage, a solid tyre will normally outlast a pneumatic tyre. Usually you would go through 2-3 sets of air tyres (pneumatic) to 1 set of solid tyres.

 

Our Mobile Fitting Service for Forklift Tyres

Mobile on-site fitting for forklift tyres is available for Camso Solideal, Trelleborg & Continental branded tyres. A certified & insured fitter will come to your site within 2-4 working days to fit your tyres for you. Ask us for a fitting quote as it depends on the size, but typically the onsite callout fee is £30 + vat, and tyre fitting is between £10-25 + vat per tyre (depends on size), and tyre scrappage if required is £10 + vat per tyre.

If you order fitting with your tyre a fitter will come to you and bring the tyres with them, so you won't need to wait in for a separate tyre delivery. In order to book fitting we would need to know the machine make, model and ideally the year of manufacture of the forklift truck you have. If there are multiple trucks on site then a serial number or fleet number would also help.

 

What Does 'Standard Fit' & 'Easy Fit' Means for Solid Forktruck Tyres

Solid Forklift tyres can have two fitting types: Standard Fit and EasyFit. You need to order the correct fitment and this depends on the wheel rims your forktruck has. Standard fitment tyres are used on vehicles with split-rims, that often bolt together with a locking ring and flange. EasyFit tyres however fit on one piece or multi-piece rims that do not have a lock ring, flange or advance band. When ordering Forklift tyres it is important to ensure that you order the correct fitment for your vehicle else the tyres could not fit the rim! This information will be available from your Forktruck manufacturer, or if you give us the machine make, model and year on ordering, we will try to check which fitment is usually used.

 

Can I Swap From Pneumatic Tyres to Solid Forklift Tyres?

Solid tyres can sometime be put onto pneumatic tyres rims as a replacement to the pneumatic tyres. It can depend on the machine and rims you have so please ask us if this is something you wish to do for your forklift truck. Occasionally, you may need to buy new wheel rims to achieve this.

 

When Should I Replace Forklift Tyres?

Resilient Tyre  

Solid Resilient Tyres

Solid Resilient tyres can be worn down to the 60-J line as indicated on the sidewall of the tyre. Wearing beyond the 60-J line represents a safety hazard and can lead to unexpected tyre failure as well as potential damage to the forklift. The 60-J line is shown by the red line on the image.

 
Pneumatic Tyre  

Pneumatic Tyres

Pneumatic tyres can be worn until the tread pattern has been worn away, just like car and truck tyres. Wearing beyond the tread pattern represents a safety hazard and can lead to unexpected tyre failure as well as potential damage to the forklift.

Press on tyre  

Press-On-Band Tyres

Smooth Pattern - Most manufacturers say to replace a smooth Press on tyre when the overall rubber height reaches 2/3rds of the original rubber height.

Traction Pattern - Similar to a solid tyre, a traction tyre has a safety line, indicating the tread is gone and the tyre should be replaced (See Image).

 

What Are Forklift Tyre Speed and Load Indexes?

A tyre's Speed Index is the maximum safe speed of the tyre; this is represented with a letter from the very slow (A1) to the very fast (Y and beyond). The Load Index is the maximum weight that the tyre can safely support. This is represented by a number: the higher this number is the more weight the tyre can carry. It is imperative for the safety of the vehicle and its occupants that tyres with high enough Speed and Load Indexes are chosen. To find out more about Speed and Load Indexes and all other tyre markings, have a look at our Tyre Size Guide.

 

What is Forktruck Tyre Polymer Foam Filling?

Foam filling is a permanent puncture-proofing solution for vehicles operating in hazardous environments or over rough terrain. We offer a range of options for different vehicle types, and we can either supply new foam-filled tyre and wheel assemblies or collect your existing equipment for foam filling only. Find Out More

 

Popular & Trusted Forklift Tyre Brands

A wide range of tyres from many manufacturers are available, including many popular and well regarded brands such as Camoplast SolidealTrelleborg, Continental and BKT. These brands will ensure that whatever application you need your tyres for, you will be getting quality tyres you can rely on.

Camoplast Solideal

Camoplast Solideal tyres are one of the worlds leading specialist in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of off-road tyres, wheels, and rubber tracks to serve the material handling, construction, agriculture, powersports, automotive and defence industries. 

Solideal use the full power of their experience, engineering expertise, innovation skills and best-in-class manufacturing capabilities to deliver high performance products of unrivaled quality and value.

Trelleborg

Trelleborg tyres is a leading global supplier of tyres and complete wheel systems for farm and forest machinery, forklift trucks and other materials-handling vehicles.

Trelleborg offer industrial tyres with high durability and perfect grip through their brands Bergougnan, Monarch, Rota and Trelleborg. 

Continental

Continental tyres is one of the largest manufacturers of premium tyres for commercial vehicles, Continental carries a wide range of high-performance products tailored to specific applications for heavy-duty and light trucks, buses, coaches and off-road vehicles.

Continental produces truck, bus, coach and construction tyres under the Continental, Uniroyal, Semperit and Barum brand names. With sales exceeding 24 billion in 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide.

BKT

BKT tyres are one of the world's leading manufacturers of off-highway tyres, first starting production in 1995. An Indian company offering more than 2000 products means they really are a one stop shop for all off-highway tyre solutions. BKT has made its mark in the Agricultural, Construction, Industrial, Earthmover, Port, ATV and Turf care applications in both crossply & radial construction. BKT has gained a fantastic reputation for producing high quality tyres at a low price point, and is one of Big Tyres most popular and requested brands.

 

Popular Forktruck Manufacturers

There are a lot of forktruck manufacturers in the market place. You may have a machine that has been built by Advanced Handling, Atlet, Ausa, Battioni & Pagani, Baumann, Boss, Bowman, BT Rolatruc, Cesab, Clark, Combilift, Commander, Crown, Dambach, Doosan, Drexel, Fantuzzi, Filco, Halla, Hamech, Hyster, ICEM, Irion, Jungheinrich, Kalmar, Kentruck Ab, Komatsu, Kramer, Lansing Linde, Linde, Logitrans, Lugli, Manitou, Mariotti, Mast, Moffett, Narrow Aisle, New Hunslet, Nexen, Nichiyu, Nuova Detas, NYK, OM Pimespo, OMG, Paus, Pucci, Rocla, Samuk, Sichelschmidt, Sidetracker, SMV, Still, Tai Lift, TCM, Translift Bendi, Translift, VKP, Wilmat, Yale, Caterpillar, CVS Ferrari, Jumbo, Mitsubishi, Bradshaw, Hyundai, Daewoo, Nissan, Toyota, or JCB.

 

How Should I Store Forklift Tyres?

Storing your Forklift tyres correctly when on the machine or stacked as spares is important in extending their life time and ensuring they remain safe and continue to function as they should. General advice is to keep your Forklift tyres out of heat and direct sunlight, as it can dry out the rubber and cause cracking.

When leaving a machine unused for a long period try to jack the machine up to take some weight off the tyres to avoid misshaping them. Other advice to follow is to keep them away from liquids like petrol, oil and grease so not to deteriorate the rubber compounds. 

 

Forklift Tyre News

For the latest Forktruck tyre news, advancements and also a little fun, visit our Twitter Page and follow @bigtyres_co_uk or visit and like our Facebook Page. Why not also check our the Big Tyres Blog for educational articles and the latest industry information. We also send out a monthly Big Tyres Newsletter that often has discount codes and news of our latest sales and offers to save you money on your Forklift Tyres.

 

Buying Forklift Tyres Online

Buying Forktruck tyres online might be new to some people, but it makes a lot of sense. Traditionally tyres are bought from your local tyre supplier in your area, which means you are relying on their stock, pricing, expertise and customer service. By using Big Tyres (a Nottingham based UK company) you're using a national tyre supplier, whose only business is in supplying tyres, tubes, wheels and fitting. We have key accounts with main manufactures to offer you the best prices, carry millions of pounds worth of stock, can access any Forklift tyre not in stock by going direct to access manufactures stock, are up to date with all the new tyre news regarding brands, patterns and offers in the market place, and have a dedicated team of customer service staff. We often provide free shipping and next day delivery and are open to talk with you by phone, email or live chat.