Off-the-Road (OTR) heavy industrial and commercial vehicles are only as good as the performance of the tires they’re riding on. Any piece of essential equipment that’s vital to the construction space—be it a bulldozer, telehandler, or skid steer loader—depends on the reliability of safe, durable tires that won’t go flat on the job. 

An unexpected tire flat on any one of these vital workhorse machines can disrupt productivity and throw a project manager’s timeline—and budget—quickly off the rails. Afterall, transportation and earthmoving equipment plays an absolutely integral role in keeping production rolling on any flourishing construction site. No operator wants the day’s agenda to grind to a halt due to a tire-related mishap. That’s a situation that—depending on the size and weight of the large equipment involved—can be costly, cumbersome, and even dangerous to remedy in the field. 

Solid aperture tires are impervious to tire flats, but are expensive, difficult to maneuver on steeper inclines, and deliver a bumpy ride that’s fatiguing to drivers. Pneumatic tires offer a cushioned ride but are highly vulnerable to punctures. 

Polyurethane tire—or “foam”—fill technology delivers a viable technology alternative that’s affordable, safe, and logistically feasible for OTR equipment operators. Polyurethane-filled pneumatics literally glide over typical worksite debris such as sharp rocks, nails, broken glass, and rebar. They offer a 100% flatproof solution that keeps OTR tires protected no matter how rigorous the jobsite is. 

Carlisle TyrFil, the leading flatproofing technology brand, first launched in 1971. Through its pioneering use of urethanes to create an impenetrable, sustainable elastomer core for OTR tires, it has helped to evolutionize the industry. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, TyrFil has enabled thousands of construction managers and contractors to glean better performance from the transportation systems that are integral to a streamlined, productive worksite.