Trident International, a star export house based in Pune, has developed a range of solid tyres especially for skid steer loaders. Pneumatic tyres that are fitted on skid steer loaders are inherently prone to punctures, damage and fast wear, due to the severe service conditions in which these machines are used. This result in losses associated with frequent repair and replacement, downtime and additional costs associated with excess inventory of spares.Trident International has developed a range of solid tyres especially for skid steer loaders. The solid skid steer tyres offered by Trident are puncture-proof and are made from highly wear-resistant rubber compounds. This gives them a lifespan of three to five times that of conventional pneumatic tyres. These tyres also significantly improve occupational safety as there is no possibility of tyre blowout related accidents.The tyres have an abrasion resistant tread that is specifically compounded for use on a wide range of working conditions that skid steer loaders are used in. Solid skid steer tyres have useable tread depths between 65 to 90 mm as compared to 20-25 mm tread depths on most pneumatic skid steer tyres currently available. The extra deep tread gives a greater wear volume, consequently enhancing the lifespan of tyre.Innovative features include side-wall apertures in the tyres that absorb shock and provide cushioning, thereby providing a stable ride. The side-wall apertures also provide additional traction by allowing the tyre to flex and grip better on uneven work surfaces that skid steer loaders are typically used on.Trident’s solid skid steer tyres are available in a range of traction lug and smooth tread patterns. The cut-resistant traction lug tyres are suited for use on rough terrain, and uneven, semi-prepared surfaces typically found on construction, mining and demolition sites. The tread design provides traction in the dirt and extended tyre life on uneven surfaces. Traction Lug tyres are available in different tread depths, lug-void ratios, and sidewall aperture arrangements to suit the application.Smooth tyres are made with extra rubber and an abrasion-resistant tread compound. This makes them ideally suited for use on hard abrasive surfaces such as highways, airport-runways and other paved surfaces, like factories, foundries, recycling plants and waste transfer stations where the floor may be contaminated with flash, slag, glass, etc. These tyres also have a higher load carrying capacity.All solid skid steer tyres are mounted on heavy-duty wheels, and are supplied as ready to fit assemblies. No special mounting equipment is required. Machine operators can change tyres with ease.Cost continues to be a factor in the wider acceptance of the solid tyre concept, especially when one considers that solid tyres cost at least three times the price of pneumatic tyres. It is important that the user be educated about the fact that solid tyres are puncture-proof and their life is four to five times that of pneumatic tyres. Costs associated with puncture-related issues such as machine downtime, idle operator time and operational delays are automatically eliminated.Fewer replacements mean that costs associated with re-purchase, downtime, inventory and repair are significantly reduced. Solid tyres are therefore, a viable cost-effective alternative for the customer.These factors combine to offer a product that significantly improves equipment utilisation in severe applications where tyres are puncture-prone and susceptible to damage. Besides, providing the user complete peace of mind, these zero-maintenance tyres are a sound investment for demanding applications such as construction, mining, port handling, recycling, steel making, solid waste management, scrap handling, etc.Other than solid tyres, Trident also offers over-tyre-tracks (OTTs) for skid steer loaders that have to operate on soft or marshy surfaces. Under these conditions, tyres are unable to achieve traction. OTTs bridge the gap between wheeled andtracked mobility, by simply converting the wheeled loader into a tracked machine. OTTs consist of a rubberised track chain that can be fitted over the tyres, providing tracked mobility with high flotation at a small cost, within minutes.