What tire is best for skid steers working on landscaping projects? With all the various considerations of a landscaping job (scheduling, equipment rental, weather conditions) it's important to understand how the right skid steer tire can save money and increase the ROI on your projects. One common misconception about skid steer tires is that pneumatic all-terrain skid steer tires are always best. All-terrain tread patterns are certainly best for soft surfaces like mud, less so on hard surfaces like asphalt. Hard surfaces break down all terrain tires quicker because of reduced surface area in contact with the ground. The optimal tire for landscaping is a hard surface skid steer tire.
Working on Paved Roads
Many contractors use their skid steers as forklifts to unload materials like brick, stone and sod pallets. Most of the time they do so on residential streets and driveways or in a gravel based yard. This is where the majority of tire wear happens in a landscaping application. In these applications, a hard surface skid steer tires with a deep tread pattern will no doubt save you money in the long run. And in some cases you can expect anywhere from 50% to 100% longer wear life. This happens because hard surface skid steer tires have a greater surface area in contact with the ground thereby reducing tire wear.
Tire wear can be extended even further by choosing a solid hard surface skid steer tire. Solid hard surface skid steer tires will typically outlast a pneumatic skid steer tire between 3 and 5 times depending on the quality of the tire. Quality solid hard surface skid steer tires are more expensive than the cheaper, solid all terrain skid steer tire models. The life of the tire makes up for the extra cost though, and job sites aren't held hostage to punctured tires. With a pneumatic all terrain skid steer tire a flat can mean lost hours while the tire is repaired. A destroyed tire could also mean a replacement that the local tire shop may not even have on hand.
Do You Need an All Terrain Tread Pattern?
Think about it, what are you doing with your skid steer if you’re working in landscaping. Are you working when it’s raining out? Are you working in deep mud? Most contractors are doing neither because there is too much disturbance caused by a skid steer in mucky conditions. So the next question is why do you need an all terrain skid steer tire? The answer is for the most part you don’t.
Due to high wear on asphalt many landscaping contractors are better off using a hard surface skid steer tire that still has enough tread pattern so they can maneuver on dry dirt and gravel. This will give you traction when you need it and extended wear to increase your machines ROI.
When purchasing hard surface skid steer tires consider where they're made. Most North American tires use a higher grade of carbon black in their compound mixture than those made in China or Indonesia. This creates a stronger material that is more resistant to cuts and chunking. Natural rubber is important but the blending of quality additives is just as important.
Cheaper rubber uses a lower grade carbon black in the mixture to keep costs down; obviously they don't hold up as long. Without the right additives to prevent it, cold weather can cause chunking in hard surface skid steer tires, whereas quality hard surface skid steer tires won't have this problem. Better quality hard surface skid steer tires clearly equal a better investment.
What Options Are Available in Hard Surface Skid Steer Tires?
The EWRS-HS hard surface skid steer tire series has enough tread pattern to provide traction on dry dirt and gravel while also having enough surface area in contact with the ground for a long wear life.
Also, using a premium rubber compound allows the EWRS-HS hard surface solid skid steer tire to compress and provide comfort to the operator while still being abrasive resistant. Eliminating chunking is a must and the EWRS-HS delivers just that!
With specially engineered core hole design, this premium hard surface skid steer tire allows the tire to handle heavy loads while also being resistant to stress cracking.
To learn more about hard surface skid steer tires visit the EWRS-HS Series from Evolution Wheel.