Foam filled tires
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  1. #1
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    Default Foam filled tires

    It looks like we are going to get a hummerbee. Do you think it is worth $1000 for foam filling the tires? We have had about 4 flats with our skidsteer in the last 6 years.

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    I think they ride to rough water filled for me

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    The company I work for has foam filled tires in the two forklifts in our warehouse and yard. I don’t think we could function without them, though they do beat the hell out of you. Beside the rough ride, they also wear much faster than air filled. But we have decided that the rough ride and more frequent scheduled replacements far outweighs the unplanned and frequent flats that we used to have. BTW, the company I work for has nothing to do with the bee industry, so TIFWIW.

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    We use water filled. The ride can be rough already, so I'd think foam filled would only make it unbearable (especially for those poor bees).

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    Just curious:
    What's wrong with good old air?
    Do these forklifts have a tendency for tires walking off the rims?
    If so, why?
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    Quote Originally Posted by HarryVanderpool View Post
    Just curious:
    What's wrong with good old air?
    Do these forklifts have a tendency for tires walking off the rims?
    If so, why?
    Nothing but that extra weight in the tires makes the machine a lot more stable when lifting heavy loads these hummerbees are not as heavy as your monster forklift

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    Quote Originally Posted by liljake83 View Post
    Nothing but that extra weight in the tires makes the machine a lot more stable when lifting heavy loads these hummerbees are not as heavy as your monster forklift
    O.K. I get the idea of water as added wheel weight.
    We do the same in our old Ford tractors.
    But foam?
    Does foam add weight; really?
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    The foam used in tires is quite heavy. Think it is something like 48#/cuft compared to water that is 64#/cuft
    Hindsight is 20/10, not 20/20...
    After the fact, I always know what didn't work.

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    For landscaping I had a 722 and a 743 Bobcat with pneumatic tires, good ride and lots of flats on construction sites. Then I went to a S185 with foam filled tires. On soil one doesn't notice to much difference, but on paving they are very jumpy when turning. They also do not have as good traction because they are not flexible.
    All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
    not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    Can i ask why all these flat tyres?

    Are they sustained in bee yards, back in the depot, or on the road?
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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    We've a bobcat with foam filled tires, I LOVE IT!! Before the foam filled tires, going over bumps was a pain, the thing would bounce a lot. Now, it is much more stable. And no flats. Go for it.
    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    I love my foam filled tires!! Having a flat and changing it in the California mud in the middle of night sucks. If I get a nail in my tires it just gives me more traction.

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    Default Re: Foam filled tires

    You might try TRC Tire Seal. The Coop uses it to prevent flats on tractor tires they mount in our area. I got tired of flats on brand new ATV tires so I treated all of our ATV, tractor, and my Kubota RTV X1100C tires. No more flats. You can order the installation kit and do it yourself. It is a very easy procedure. This in my opinion allows you the best of both worlds with respect to pneumatic tires. I've had some pretty good size tire punctures but no flat.

    https://www.texasrefinery.com/produc...ucts/tireseal/

    https://www.texasrefinery.com/produc...ireseal-ii-pg/

    I ordered my TRC Tire Seal and installation kit through my local Coop.

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