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Will Your Job Site Require High Floatation Tyres? 3 Questions to Ask

Every construction project requires a ton of planning before work officially begins. It’s also the case that every project can be subject to change along the way. Because construction work will by default always involve operating in fluid and changing environments, it’s not only necessary to plan in advance, but also be prepared to change up the plan whenever the need arises. The potential need to utilise high floating tyres is a key example of this, as they may be necessary to use at the start, or become necessary to use throughout a project.

High flotation tyres can help enhance safety on the job site. They can also increase efficiency. In turn, they’ve also the ability to help the diminish impact on the surrounding environment, which can be an important consideration in certain projects. So let’s look now at 3 key questions to ask when considering hiring flotation tyres.

1. Is Handling a Key Concern?

Many jobs on a construction site utilising heavy machinery will be pretty straightforward. It of course remains necessary that all safety and proper operating principles are adhered to, but provided they are, many tasks can be expected to come off without a hitch. Accordingly, when there’s potential concerns about a vehicle’s handling, considering high flotation tyres can be a very important step.

High floatation tyres can help enhance the handling of a vehicle on difficult terrain. This is due to the wider surface area that the flotation tyres can offer, in comparison to other types of tyres. Although the reverse can be true and sometimes high flotation tyres are not the ideal pick in certain situations, for any job where having a greater precision in handling within the vehicle is required, considering high flotation tyres is essential.

2. What Sort of Weather Is Expected?

When deciding what equipment is ideal to hire, the weather can play a key role in tyre choice. High flotation tyres can be very beneficial in circumstances where conditions have changed – or are expected to change – the dynamics of the job site. Regular tyres could have a very hard time of it if encountering ground conditions that have recently been subject to rain, or other weather events. Because high flotation tyres will help keep a machine off the ground, they can be a great selection to consider for a job site where weather conditions are proving to be a problem.

3. Is There a Need to Minimise Soil Disturbance?

In many instances the need to minimise soil disturbance can be a factor for a construction job. Disturbance can result in a number of negative effects occurring to the soil that can have enduring consequences. This is the case whether it’s an issue like erosion, damage to the soil that can hinder its capacity to be utilised for other purposes once construction work is complete, or a combination of factors. By using high flotation tyres instead of regular tyres, a reduction in soil disturbance can occur.

The Importance of Flexibility

Establishing at the outset what sort of equipment and tyres will be ideal for a construction project will always be a critical part of planning. For any project that looks like it could be a strong candidate for high flotation tyres, odds are they’re indeed the right pick to go with. Nonetheless, it’s always prudent to keep in mind construction sites are very fluid places, and as a result a circumstance could arise where high flotation tyres are not suited after it initially appeared they were. Indeed, it may even be the case that a non-wheeled vehicle like a posi track becomes ideal to select.

Floating the Idea

Never has it been so important to operate an Aussie construction site with efficiency. There’s expectations that global construction will grow by up to 5.2% in 2021. That’s surely good news for a global economy still wrestling with the Covid-19 pandemic, and construction workers across the globe keen to get back to business as usual, like it was pre-pandemic. But that growth is ultimately set to be global, and won’t necessarily see the same trend in Australia.


That’s why having an understanding of what equipment is ideal to select, and having a plan in place for using it is critical. So when it comes to considering high flotation tyres, it’s essential to factor in the handling of the vehicle they would be used with. In turn, the weather conditions that could impact the job site, and also if minimising soil disturbance will be a key goal. By having these 3 questions in mind when assessing whether high flotation tyres are ideal, there will be a strong foundation on which to make a successful selection that helps see any task with any tyres go smoothly from start to finish.

What other questions do you think are important when considering high flotation tyres?
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