Prowler offers a full line of Solid and Pneumatic Skid Steer Tires to cover all terrain applications, providing excellent handling and performance with one of the lowest operating cost in the industry. Recently we were asked why we would choose Solid tires over foam filled.
To try not to sound biased, we’re going to use the experience of one of our customers, Jeff, who had recently purchased a set of Prowler Proflex Treaded tire and wheel assemblies. Jeff has a 2008 New Holland L190 and had been running a foam filled tire on his machine. At approximately 500 hours of use he had ran over a piece of re-bar and it split his tire, rendering it useless.
We wont totally discredit the use of foam filled because it does have some good use, but when you look at the cost of a new tire and wheel, plus the cost and time of having them filled only to get about 1/2 the service life of a solid skid steer tire it only makes sense to invest a little bit more into a solid tire.
The Pro-Flex solid tires will have the following benefits over the standard foam filled tire;
- Deeper tread lugs
- Higher durometer rating, making the tire more durable and resistant to gouges
- Self cleaning tread design
- Longer service life, approximately 3 times that of a standard skid steer tire
- Higher load capacity
- Better handling and performance
- Lower operating cost
Jeff admits that it was less expensive to go with the foam filled tire for sure, but from experience it wasn’t the best choice for the work he performs with his machine.
Foam filled can typically handle small objects penetrating the tire such as nails, glass, and small shards of metal, but it clearly isn’t capable of avoiding heavy damage from larger, more dangerous hazards such as re-bar, spikes etc.
We’ve always had the option to sell foam filled tires, but to save faith with our customers, we believe that solid skid steer tires is always the best option.