Telehandler Tire Exchange – Telescopic Handler Tire Swap Programs

Telehandler Tires Take A lot of Abuse

The tires and wheels on Telehandlers really take a lot of abuse working around construction sites while driving over rough ground, all kinds of construction debris, nails, screws, re-bar, concrete sharp edges, etc…. The tires get cut, punctured, torn and worn down to the extreme constantly.


A Telehandler Tire Exchange program serves several functions and provides many benefits. For example:

A working tire exchange program benefits include:

  1. Speed to change out worn out tires.
  2. Green and environmentally tire disposal solution.
  3. Cost effective solution for acquiring mounted tires and wheels already filled with foam fill and ready to mount on your machines.
  4. Worry free solution that removes the stress of dealing with the whole issue of finding tires, wheels and proper foam fill services.
  5. You can deal with one company and get the whole job done with one Purchase Order.

A Telehandler Tire Exchange Program is a program just right for the rental store industry, commercial tire companies and telescopic lift equipment owners such as construction companies. It offers many benefits to make it easy for store owners and managers to deal with servicing tires and wheels on their telehandlers and telescopic forklift equipment.


Some companies in the tire and wheel marketplace have stepped it up a notch and provide telehandler tire swap or telehandler tire exchange programs. These programs are intended to provide the equipment owner with convenience of a swap or new exchange tire and wheel assemblies. As an owner you have the benefit of purchasing new or swap tire and wheel assemblies. New assemblies would include a new wheel and a new tire and various foam fill options. Swap assemblies would include a new tire, foam fill options and a swap wheel. Swap assemblies are almost always lower in cost. Either of these new or swap options, enable the owner/operator to quickly change out with the worn out tire and wheel assemblies on the machine providing the owner/operator with an assembly that is:

  • The right fitment for the machine
  • Rapid turnaround so you have minimum equipment downtime saving both time and money.
  • You have the choice of purchase new or swap assemblies.
  • Saving time and money sort of rings in your ear doesn’t it?


The big advantage is convenience and cost savings. Most owners of telehandlers are completely satisfied with standard tire fitment options of their machines. Speed is another big advantage. Tire exchange or swap assemblies are typically ready on the shelf and ready to ship almost as soon as the customer places and order. The convenience factor is a huge advantage. Customers get their replacement tire and wheel assemblies that are ready to mount on the machine. Little time is wasted getting the telehandler fitted with new tires and back to work. The old tire and wheel assemblies are put back on the same pallets the new ones arrived on and are sent back to the company supplying the new tires for proper processing and recycling. Using tire swap or exchange programs is environmentally friendly and green. There are also significant cost savings associated with telehandler swap or exchange programs since the foam fill that is used almost always includes the use of regrind foam which reduces the volume of virgin foam fill that is purchased. The regrind foam is mixed with the virgin foam as it is pumped into the new tire and wheel assembly so it blends and bonds very nicely with the virgin foam.

Disadvantages: If the customer needs a foam filled tire and wheel assembly, a lot of weight will be shipped. Typically, a foam filled tire and wheel assembly will weight in the range of 800 to 1,400 lbs. each depending on the size ordered. Shipping four of these assemblies is not inexpensive.

The most common telescopic lifts in use are fitted with 13.00-24 or 14.00-24 tire sizes and those tires are typically found foam filled for flat proofing and to provide extra weight. The foam fill used in these tires also minimizes tire deflection (how much the tire is compressed under load) which greatly increases the stability of the Telehandler when it is making a lift and reach movement with its extended boom.

Keith Heeres

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