Solid Pneumatic vs. Press-On Tires
Solid press-on band tires have a metal band bonded into the rim base of the tire. There are three primary advantages of this design:
Solid press-on band tires are primarily used in indoor warehouse/distribution type applications. The disadvantage for these tires is that the ride quality is severely degraded, which might cause driver injuries. Also, not all machines can utilize press-on tires. If your machine comes with pneumatic (air) tires, it can be very costly to convert to press-on tires.
Solid Pneumatics, sometimes called Resilient Tires, are solid tires designed like a regular industrial air tire (Bias Tire or Radial Tire) but retain the solid core properties of a press-on solid tire. The primary advantages for this design are:
You can use solid pneumatics for both indoor and outdoor applications. The only real disadvantage for solid pneumatic tires is that their durability is not as strong compared to press-on tires. Although rare, since there is no base steel band, there is a small chance for the wheel to slip on the tire if it is not built correctly.