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Cushion Tire Forklifts
Cushion tire forklifts use extra rubber for a comfortable ride on smooth surfaces that are even. A forklift with cushion tires does not have treads and is therefore used primarily indoors or for limited outdoor use on surfaces that are smooth and free of sharp debris.
For forklifts used on uneven or rugged terrain, consider buying a pneumatic forklift or a rough terrain forklift for sale.
The Benefits of Cushion Tire Forklifts
Cushion tires are smaller than pneumatic tires, which makes the forklift shorter and reduces space – key concepts when operating a forklift in warehouse settings or other tight spaces – and this smaller size improves maneuverability. A small forklift used for warehouses with narrow aisles will almost always have cushion tires. The hard outside of a cushion tire prevents chipping, extending overall lifespan.
Cushion tires use less rubber than pneumatic tires, which are filled with either rubber or foam, and therefore generally cost less to buy. Additionally, operation costs can be lower than pneumatic tires depending on how they are used. Sticking to smooth surfaces that are free of debris will get the most use out of the cushion tires, further reducing the need for repairs and replacements.
Cushion Tire Forklifts and Outdoor Use
Cushion tire forklifts are generally not meant for outdoor use, though smooth concrete surfaces free of debris can sometimes be okay. Similarly, a cushion tire forklift can be used across asphalt but this will increase the wear-and-tear considerably. The extra rubber and lack of treads means that it cannot get the necessary traction to safely operate across most outdoor surfaces, especially unlevel ones.
Find a Cushion Tire Forklift for Sale
Bottom line: choosing a cushion tire forklift over a pneumatic forklift saves money when the conditions are right. Never buy a cushion tire forklift when a pneumatic forklift is needed because it can set you back in costly repairs and project delays. If you have any questions about a cushion tire forklift listing on My Little Salesman, please contact the owner.
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