There are different types of solid skid steer tires according to the way they are secured to a rim for installation and use on a skid steer loader. Here, we describe three different types of solid skid steer tires, with each one being installed in a different manner.
Bonded Solid Skid Steer Tires
The bonded solid tires come in a prepared state. These solid skid steer tires are chemically attached to the rim on which they are mounted. These rims are always bought with the tires, since a set of tire and rim cannot be used in a separate manner. This means that customers that want to exercise flexibility may find themselves limited when using bonded solid tires.
The most important advantage of using this type of solid tire is that they provide protection from slippage between the tire and rim and withstand high torque. This means improved traction when you need it because the tire can’t slip on the rim. They can be a costly purchase though, because you will need to replace the complete tire and rim assembly each time you replace the solid skid steer tires on your machine.
Press On Solid Skid Steer Tires
The simplest way solid tires can be mounted onto a rim is by being pressed on to fit onto an existing rim. This is possible with the use of specialized equipment and done at a local tire dealer who has a press capable of doing this. The solid skid steer tire is held to the rim by friction because the tire is slightly stretched so that it can fit onto and over the rim.
A solid skid steer tire of this design is typically a lower cost up front, but has certain disadvantages. If the skid steer is pushing hard and the solid tire is under heavy load the friction fit can fail and the tire will start to spin on the rim. Slippage will typically happen more repeatedly over time as the rubber strength starts to fatigue. Press on tires will also commonly slip when working in wet conditions and heavy loads because water acts as a lubricant between the rubber and the rim.
Segmented Solid Skid Steer Tires
Segmented solid skid steer tires are the best when it comes to a reliable bond between the tire and rim, flexible use, and serviceability when you need it. A solid skid steer tire of this type uses a system of nuts and bolts. These bolts are internally installed on each rubber segments present on the solid skid steer tire and then connects it to the rim in use.
This means that you can take the tire segments off their rims and reuse the rim with a new set of treads when your tires needs to be replaced. This type of system also does not require specialized tooling or presses to retread your tire. Any operator can do it themselves with a wrench or ratchet.
A segmented solid skid steer tire is also protected from the problem of slipping on the rim because bolts don't slip. It's also an excellent system as it only requires you to buy the rims for the first time, but once you have a set of rims, you can simply remove the worn-out segments and then bolt on the new ones. This ensures that your machinery offers you the best possible productivity on the jobsite.
To learn more about solid skid steer tires visit the Solid Skid Steer Tires Buyers Guide from Evolution Wheel.