More than 50% of crane material handlers sold in the United States today are of the wheeled variety as opposed to track models.
Rubber tired wheeled machines are more versatile, typically requiring less maintenance and are less damaging to improved road and yard surfaces. SETCO solid rubber tires and rims on a material handler will provide the durability and puncture resistance required to survive in a scrap yard environment. SETCO crane tires on smaller cranes, with dual tires, can achieve up to 20,000 hours of operation. On larger solid crane tires, tire life has historically been 10,000 hours of service with SETCO solid rubber tires, with up to 20,000 hours depending on the operation. Due to the abusive environment that solid tires are exposed to in scrap yards, operators have found that SETCO Solid Tires are really the only option. With SETCO solid tires used in a crane tire application, fear of premature failures is gone. Keeping the roadway or path well maintained eliminates unnecessary abuse to solid rubber tires as well as the equipment and will achieve maximum crane tire life. Because wear patterns are predictable, operators can calculate cost per ton or per hour relative to solid tire costs. Operator comfort and machine fatigue are greatly improved with the incorporation of air holes in a softer compound of rubber. This advancement has yielded a far superior ride to that of the older style solid tires, currently riding similar to a foam filled tire.
Advantages of Solid Crane Tires
Conventional or pneumatic tires, even if foam filled, can be a nightmare of expense if mounted on a material handler. One wrong turn or even a “stroll” through the yard on what some might consider a clean path can result in total tire failures. SETCO solid rubber tires have the ability to absorb contact with the same devastating debris with only minor cuts or abrasions.