For all its versatility in daily plant activities, a skidsteer can't work with a flat tire. A new machine is often equipped with standard 10-16.5 or 12-16.5 nonhighway-service pneumatic tires. But as producers often discover, general-purpose tires aren't durable enough for the rough use in a plant environment.

One way to keep your plant's skid-steer loader movable for all work situations is to ""flatproof"" the tires with a filler material. A newly introduced liquid polyurethane polymer has reduced downtime, extended tire-tread life, and softened the ride.

Once pumped into a tire's cavity by a certified dealer, SuperFlex cures into a soft rubber-like material. The hardened filler is resilient enough to act as a shock absorber and insulate the loader from jolts and bumps, but tough enough to maintain the tire's proper footprint during use.

By helping the tire to keep its proper shape, this unique flatproofing material allows even tread wear and machine stability and reduces the chance of blowouts and tipovers. Tires also run cooler.

Another benefit of this polymer filler is that a producer can perform a retread without removing the filler.

The average injection costs about $1.50 per pound; producers should budget about $250 to flatproof a standard skid-steer tire. And given the benefits of both extended casing life and reduced labor-repair costs, it's an investment that often pays for itself in the first year.