The EWRS-RTF series of rough terrain forklift tires were designed to meet the needs of today's job site demands. We came up with a way to offer you serviceability, traction and maximum stability all in one!

How many pneumatic or foam filled rough terrain forklift tires have you had to change on your jobsite because of damage or sidewall gashes? With health and safety being as important as it is today a serviceable option was needed. Our team of engineers developed our EWRS-RTF series of rough terrain forklift tires to be easily repaired if damaged, although we are not sure you will need to with the quality that went into our design and components.

With serviceable tire sections, the need for a service truck and specialized technicians is all but eliminated. We have reduced your service tooling down to only a 15/16" wrench in your operator's back pocket and repair parts are readily available in your nearest onsite storage container or in the toolbox of your pickup.

Rough terrain forklift tires work under a variety of conditions but one thing remains the same, safety is paramount. For this reason, we designed our EWRS-RTF series with maximum stability and load bearing capacity. A combination of our specially engineered core hole design and bidirectional tread pattern provide a very consistent and predictable loading profile.

To learn more about the EWRS-RTF series of rough terrain forklift tires, give us a call or submit a quote request to speak with one of our product specialists. We will match the right tire to your specific jobsite needs.

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3 Benefits of Solid Rough Terrain Forklift Tires

Many think that rough terrain forklifts look and operate in much of the same way as regular forklifts. Yet a regular forklift operates almost exclusively on smooth even floors. Whereas a rough terrain forklift is designed to be capable of handling heavy loads in a variety of adverse conditions. Toughness and versatility are the hallmarks of rough terrain forklift tires.

Unfortunately, many rough terrain forklift manufacturers and companies who purchase and run rough terrain forklifts still make the mistake of equipping their rough terrain forklifts with standard pneumatic tires. Industry experts, on the other hand, know that solid rough terrain forklift tires are the superior choice for rough terrain forklifts. This article outlines three key reasons why it’s important to equip your rough terrain forklift with solid tires: (1) Elimination of Flat Tires; (2) Less Downtime; (3) Increased Wear Life.

[1] Eliminate Flat Tires

Pneumatic tires consist of a rubber exterior that is filled with air. This tire type provides a desirable degree of cushioning. Pneumatic tires are the usual choice for forklift that operate in a level and relatively clean conditions such as a warehouse.

Yet rough terrain forklifts often have to drive over all sorts of uneven landscapes, sharp debris, or from concrete to sand and gravel. For these reasons, pneumatic tires struggle to live up to heavy use in such environments. Uneven stresses greatly increase the risk that a pneumatic tire will blow out. Likewise, rocks and debris can easily puncture a pneumatic tire. Worse still, such problems grow even more likely for those who don't check their tire pressure regularly, since an under or over inflated tire stands a much greater chance of blowing out.

Solid rough terrain forklift tires eliminate this problem — entirely. Simply put, a solid rough terrain forklift tire cannot blow out, since it contains no air. Instead, as its name suggests, the entire tire consists of solid rubber. As a result, rough terrain forklifts equipped with solid tires can drive over virtually any surface without worry

[2] Decrease Downtime

Companies who routinely work with rough terrain forklifts usually have complex tasks to fulfill within relatively short periods of time. Efficiency and speed are vital keys to building a profitable business. Unfortunately, the punctures and blowouts experienced with pneumatic tires can have significant effects in this regard.

A forklift with a blown-out tire can't perform work until the problem has been fixed. Unfortunately, such problems tend to be crop up at the least convenient times, meaning you may not have the correct personnel or tools on hand to ensure a quick repair. As a result, your forklift will sit idle until the tire can either be repaired or replaced.

Solid tires increase the reliability of the rough terrain forklifts in your fleet, while decreasing the interruptions to your workflow. As a result, you stand a far greater chance of meeting tight project guidelines and keeping your company's profit margins at the desired level by using solid rough terrain forklift tires.

[3] Increase Wear Life

Solid rough terrain forklift tires also tend to last far longer than their pneumatic rough terrain forklift tire counterpart. In fact, a premium solid rough terrain forklift tire can be expected to last three or even up to five times as long as pneumatic rough terrain forklift tires. The difference lies in the amount of rubber material the tire can wear off before it reaches the critical state of replacement.

Obviously, a pneumatic rough terrain forklift tire can only afford to lose minimal rubber before reaching its hollow core. This means more cost of replacement and downtime. As a pneumatic rough terrain forklift tire becomes thinner and thinner, it stands an increasingly greater chance of blowing out. Furthermore, pneumatic rough terrain forklift tires are also much more vulnerable to chunking — which is a form of loss that occurs when a large piece of a tire breaks off due to stress or friction.

A solid rough terrain forklift tire has a lot more material it can lose before reaching the end of its lifespan. And chunking and other catastrophic forms of damage don't represent as great a threat compared to pneumatic rough terrain forklift tires, since the tire won't blow out no matter how much material it loses.

Pneumatic rough terrain forklift tires may seem to make a sensible choice for indoor forklifts or for those working on concrete or asphalt, but consider looking at hard surface solid tread pattern. Hard surface solid rough terrain forklift tires have a tread pattern that is designed to work on smooth surfaces thus increase the wear life of a standard pneumatic tire by 5 times while offering all of the added benefits of a solid rough terrain forklift tire.


The elimination of flat tires, reducing downtime and increasing wear life all add up to one important result: COST SAVINGS which is vital to your company. This is why when it comes to rough terrain forklifts tires, solid rough terrain forklift tires offer far more advantages that significantly outweigh the few upside of pneumatic rough terrain forklift tires. To learn more about equipping your rough terrain forklift with a premium solid tire that offers all of these benefits and much more, contact industry experts at Evolution Wheel who offer their EWRS-RTF series of premium solid rough terrain forklift tires.