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Foam-Filled Versus Solid Skid Steer Tires: Which To Choose

Foam-Filled Versus Solid Skid Steer Tires: Which To Choose

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The tires you choose for your skid steer can have a large impact on your machine’s lifespan, operator comfort, maintenance needs, and cost of ownership. There are three main types of skid steer tires: pneumatic, foam-filled, and solid. When looking for a skid steer tire that’ll experience fewer or no flats, foam-filled and solid tires are the way to go. The question is, which is better for your application? To determine whether to choose foam-filled or solid skid steer tires, read this guide.

Foam-Filled Skid Steer Tires

Foam-filled tires are essentially pneumatic tires filled with foam. The foam is made from a liquid- rubber compound that cures to form a product similar to a solid rubber tire.


  • Reduced Frequency of Flats: filling pneumatic tires with foam can effectively eliminate the frequency of flat tires which, in turn, results in less downtime and less money spent on replacement tires.


  • Not Completely Flat-Proof: while filling pneumatic tires with foam makes getting a flat tire less likely, foam-filled tires aren’t completely flat proof. If the side of the tire gets damaged the foam can leak out, causing it to become flat and necessitating a replacement.
  • Less Cushion: filling a pneumatic tire with foam greatly reduces the amount of cushion that the tire has which can result in a rougher, more uncomfortable ride as well as more wear and tear on the machine.

Solid Skid Steer Tires

Also known as flat-proof or airless tires, solid skid steer tires are tires composed completely of solid rubber and not filled with any air.


  • Eliminated Potential of Flat Tires: Solid skid steer tires don’t have any air and, as such, can’t blow out or become flat. As a result, the lifespan of solid skid steer tires is significantly longer than that of pneumatic.
  • Comfort: When designed properly with ample aperture holes, solid skid steer tires can offer a smooth, comfortable ride—unlike foam-filled tires which typically become stiff and rigid.


  • Cost: Solid skid steer tires generally have a much higher up-front cost than other tires, such as pneumatic or foam-filled tires. However, their durability and resistance to flats can ultimately result in cost-savings overtime as the need to purchase replacement tires is reduced.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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