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Pneumatic Tires vs. Solid Tires. Which Tires Are Better for Your Skid Steer?

Pneumatic Tires vs. Solid Tires

Table of Contents:

1. Solid vs Pneumatic Tires - comparison
2. Price
3. Types of pneumatic skid steer tires
4. Choose a trusted supplier to prolong the life of your skid steer tires

There is nothing that verifies your equipment quality better than rough terrain. Any operator of a skid steer loader knows that it is the real test, especially for your machine's tires. Choosing the right tires for skid steer influences many factors, such as carrying capacity, downtime, or the comfort of the ride.  

Today, we are taking a closer look at two very popular types of tires: pneumatic tire and solid tires. We will examine their applications and characteristics, so you can make an informed decision while choosing your perfect skid steer tires. 

Solid vs Pneumatic Tires - comparison

The two most often used types of skid steer tires are pneumatic tires (air-filled tires), and solid tires (flat-proof tires). How do they differ? There are several aspects in which the two types can be compared. 


Solid skid steer tires are perfect for rough terrains and work great on hard surfaces. These can be construction or demolition sites as well as rocky terrains in quarries. 

Pneumatic skid steer tires are sufficient for operation in mild conditions. Therefore, you can use them for snow removal or landscaping. They also have a significant advantage - they do not damage the working surface. So, if it is an important factor, choose pneumatic tires for your skid steer. 


Solid skid steer tires initially seem like a more expensive solution. However, spending a little more upfront reflects the durability of solid tires. They can even serve you 5 times longer than pneumatic tires or foam-filled tires. In a longer time, perspective, solid tires are a more cost-effective option

Because pneumatic tires are usually less expensive, they are also easier to obtain due to the lower cost of their purchase. Therefore, if you are on a tight budget, pneumatic tires will be the most economical solution

Operator's comfort 

Unfortunately, solid tires are not the best option to guarantee a comfortable ride. The hard ride is partly the fault of the type of terrain they are used on. If the cushioned ride is something you are looking for, there is no better type of tire than pneumatic skid steer tires to provide it. Thanks to them, the equipment operator can enjoy a smooth ride

Carrying capacity 

Solid tires, unlike pneumatic tires, use advanced rubber technology and design. Thanks to that, the equipment you use can carry heavy loads. 


In the case of solid skid steer tires the downtime is minimal. It is due to high resistance to punctures that sudden flat tires are rare. It also means lower repair costs. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the pneumatic skid steer tires which tend to get punctured. Consequently, there is a high risk of frequent replacement and therefore increased downtime

Types of pneumatic skid steer tires

Pneumatic tires offer better shock absorption and smoother ride than solid tires. Additionally, they also come in various types due to the multitude of possible applications. The most important types of pneumatic tires are: 

Standard-duty tires 

  1. Provide extreme traction and good grip 
  2. Are made of synthetic or natural rubber 
  3. Have thick sidewalls 
  4. Provide long wear with standard applications 

Heavy-duty tires 

  1. Made of higher-quality rubber 
  2. Use a self-cleaning tread design 
  3. Have a higher ply rating 
  4. Can be used to carry heavier loads 
  5. Some of them have an extra bead guarding, which protects rims and reduces damage to the sidewalls 
  6. More durable and more puncture-resistant than standard-duty tires 
  7. Great for tough surface applications 

Severe/extreme-duty tires 

  1. Extremely durable 
  2. Have a special design allowing them to withstand the abuse 
  3. Perfect for the toughest applications 
  4. Have strong sidewalls resistant to punctures and cuts 
  5. Characterized by increased uptime and high durability guaranteed by large surface area and deep treads 
  6. Use self-cleaning technology that helps shed debris and mud. 

Turf tires or super-float tires 

  1. Have improved flotation 
  2. Work perfect for maintaining lawns and finished surfaces due to minimal damage 
  3. Offer great traction thanks to the shallow treads 
  4. Super-float tires have an 85% larger footprint than standard tires, which improves flotation and, therefore, works very well in wet and soft types of terrain 

Choose a trusted supplier to prolong the life of your skid steer tires

It will not come as a surprise if we say that none of the tires you purchase will be good if you do not purchase them from a reliable supplier. What distinguishes from other skid steer tire providers? 

  1. We use high-strength proprietary rubber compound to produce the highest-quality skid steer tires. 
  2. Our choice of pneumatic tires includes various tread patterns (directional or non-directional) and a wide range of plies 
  3. Solid tires we offer are engineered with the highest precision and come with or without the rim. 
  4. Our shop carries almost any size of tires and treads compatible with most skid loader brands, such as Bobcat, CAT, Case, Kubota, New Holland, John Deere, and many more! 

Whether you are looking for pneumatic tires or thinking of upgrading your tires to our skid steer solid tires (which work exceptionally well in environments where flat tires or tire repairs are frequent), you can be sure has the best tires for any conditions.  

We are known for providing great value at an affordable price but also for ongoing support. Get in touch to discuss which tires will work perfectly for your application.