The Cost Breakdown and Things for you to Consider for Skid Steer Solids
Which Will Be the Best Option For You?
Investing in skid steer tires is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. Skid steer tires are typically the costliest consumable component of the machine, and you want to make sure that you buy the most cost-effective tires for your skid steer loader operations.
When buying a set of skid steer tires, it is tempting to consider only upfront costs; but only paying attention to initial costs can actually be a mistake that proves to be quite costly in the long run. Depending on the type and quality of the tires, they may need to be replaced frequently; or they may have high operating and maintenance costs.
This is why it is critical to do a comprehensive breakdown of costs associated with owning and operating your skid steer tires before you buy. Doing so ensures that you get the maximum return on investment (ROI).
Factors To Consider Before Investing in Skid Steer Tires
Consider the cost and time associated with tire installation. Some tire installations are not straightforward and may require a professional to get it done. This means installation costs are higher if you are not able to do the installation yourself. And this may not be a one-time cost. When the tire needs to be replaced, installing a new tire is an added cost that you must also consider.
Pneumatic (air-filled) skid steer tires are cheaper than solid tires, and so they may seem like a good bargain at the time of purchase. But over time, pneumatic tires tend to wear out faster than their solid tire counterparts.
They are also prone to punctures and flats, unlike solid tires, which mean they have to be repaired or replaced more frequently; which translates to higher maintenance and operating costs over time.
Skid steer tires vary in quality. When picking out a set of tires for your skid steer, be aware of the factors that affect tire wear and longevity. A tire made of a high percentage of natural rubber and carbon black is typically more durable than a tire made with a higher percentage of synthetic rubber and lower carbon black content.
So before purchasing low-quality, low priced tires, keep in mind that they are probably not going to last as long as high-quality tires.
Also, pneumatic and foam-filled tires tend to wear out faster than solid skid steer tires. This is because solid tires are made of tough resilient rubber compounds and have more layers of rubber.
They are extremely punctured- and chunking-resistant. Keep this in mind when deciding between solid tires and other types of skid steer tires.
Costs Associated with Machine Downtime:
Machine downtime can be quite costly. Many times, a skid steer’s downtime is caused by flat tires that need to be replaced or repaired. Pneumatic tires, unlike foam-filled and solid tires, are prone to flats. This means that machine downtime occurs way more frequently with pneumatic skid steer tires than with foam-filled and solid tires.
This translates to a higher operating cost per hour, especially when you consider the wages per hour paid to workers on the job site.
Machine downtime is also higher when you equip your skid steer with a set of low-quality skid steer tires instead of high-quality tires.
Monster Tires’ solid skid steer tires are made from the highest quality raw materials. Our tires are made from tough rubber compounds that make them extremely resilient and able to withstand demanding underfoot conditions. These tires are built to last – they are puncture- and chunking-resistant.
Our solid smooth and solid traction tires are optimized to work on improved, hard surfaces and off-road applications respectively. For more information, contact us.