Topping the list of yearly expenses for every fleet is tires. Not only for repairing or replacing the tire itself, but also for the time it spends out of service. For those fleets operating without an extra [fill in the blank here], projects fall behind, deadlines missed, and deliveries late.
Now consider the fleets that operate in the industrial, construction, mining, refuse, or farm industries. For these folks, these costs pop up (pardon the pun) way more frequently, creating an exponential increase in the amount of time and money lost.
Solid tires are an option, but they definitely don’t offer a wide selection of tread patterns, so fleet and maintenance managers aren’t often able to match the tread pattern their application needs with what is available.
To mitigate this issue, more and more of our flat-prone friends are foam filling their tires. (Or rather, having us do it for them. :)) Foam filling is a process that takes a liquid polymer and injects it into a pneumatic (air-filled) tire. The air from the tire is vented out through the valve stem, and the polymer mixture is allowed to cure over the course of 48 hours. The end result is a solid tire that is virtually flatproof.
(Or rather lack thereof “boom.”)
Are you sold yet?
Since you can control the amount of inflation pressure that is within the tire, foam filled tires have a very similar ride to their pneumatic counterparts. They ride well, they handle well, and you’re getting the same traction from the same tread you’ve have had before. The only difference? Go ahead and run over a nail or heck, even a strip of nails, and your truck is still going to finish that job without interruption.
Lack if boom indeed.