Which Tire will Provide Optimal Performance for your Skid Steer?
Various Tire Options for your Skid Steer and How they will Perform for you
Skid steers are one of the most popular heavy equipment machines on the market today. They are powerful, versatile machines, capable of high-performance in a range of tasks including material handling, landscaping, waste management, earth-moving and many more.
These compact machines turn by ‘skidding’, an action that puts a lot of stress on their tires. Because skid steer loaders are operated on a range of terrains – including mud, sand, dirt, snow, rock, concrete and asphalt – it is important to choose the right skid steer tire for the terrain you will be working on.
There are many different types of skid steer tires available and it can be overwhelming trying to figure the right skid steer tire for your operations.
Why You Should Choose the Right Tires for Your Skid Steer
- Optimize Performance: Using the wrong skid steer tire can significantly affect the skid steer’s performance. For example, operating skid steer tires that do not have deep, wide lugs on muddy terrains adversely affects performance because traction is not maximized. Such terrains require a tire that has deep lugs that gives the tires great traction on soft grounds.
- Maximize Machine Uptime: Pairing the wrong skid steer tire with a job site can damage the tire, which needs to be replaced. This means the machine is unable to work while the tire is repaired or replaced. To maximize machine uptime, proper tire selection is critical.
- Extend Tire Life: Matching a terrain with the right tires ensures that the tires enjoy a longer service life. A tire specifically designed for hard, abrasive surfaces will last longer if it is used for only hard surfaces and not, for instance, on muddy terrains.
Skid Steer Tire Options
Skid steer tires come in a variety of types and tread styles. Each type is manufactured to perform optimally on specific applications. Here are some types of skid steer tires available:
Dirt-Terrain Solid Skid Steer Tires
Dirt-Terrain (DT) solid skid steer tires are optimized for off-road applications including mud, dirt, sand, snow, mines, and quarries. They feature deep tread lugs which maximizes traction on soft ground terrains. They feature multiple apertures on their sidewalls which maximizes shock absorption and provides a smooth ride for the skid steer operator.
Made from tough resilient rubber, these tires are puncture-resistant and 100% flat-proof.
All-Terrain Solid Skid Steer Tires
All-Terrain (AT) solid skid steer tires are specially designed to operate in a range of applications, both off-road and on-road, but they are especially good on hard surfaces like asphalt and pavement. Featuring a tread pattern that allows more tire to ground surface contact, AT tires minimize ground pressure, which extends the service life of the tires.
They are also designed to operate on off-road applications like mud, dirt, and sand.
Smooth Solid Skid Steer Tires
These tires are lug-less and provide maximum tire-to-ground surface contact area. They are specifically designed for hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete. Made from extremely resilient, tough rubber compounds, smooth solid skid tires are highly puncture-resistant and able to withstand the abrasiveness of hard surfaces.
Smooth solid skid steer tires are well-suited for hard-surface applications such as waste transfer stations, demolition sites, scrap yards; as well as earth-moving and mining operations.
Turf Skid Steer Tires
Turf tires are specially designed for optimal performance on lawns, golf course, parks, and other turf applications. Due to their wide footprint and special tread design, these turf-friendly tires are able to operate on sensitive surfaces, like grass, without damaging them.
They also minimize ground pressure which, in turn, boosts the skid steer’s flotation capability.
Monster Tires is your one-stop for high-quality tires for skid steer loaders. We offer a range of tire tread patterns to match specific job site requirements. All our tires are made from tough rubber compounds which make our tires extremely durable, puncture averse and chunking resistant. Contact us for more information.