The issue with driving your forklift outside in winter conditions, is traction!
You now have 4 options, if you don’t have four wheel drive. 1) Chains, which work great but give you an extremely rough ride. 2) Tire cables, which work really well, but are a little bumpy and you might have trouble sourcing them to fit. 3) Traction Screws, which we happen to like a lot and are used in our videos. They provide a smooth ride with amazing traction. 4) NEW Terra Grip Traction Belts which we have not tested, but look promousing!
Originally, when we first contacted the importer, no one had tried them on forklifts. Since then we’ve tested many different sizes and amounts of screws, in all types of weather conditions. To date we likely have more experience with forklift traction than anyone else.
- Standard Grip provides excellent traction for plowing while enabling you to drive your machine indoors. The screws barely extend beyond the tires tread (1/32″ – 1/16″). After ten years of sales we’ve never had a single complaint. However, our testing shows that the Standard Grip can make minor scratches in concrete and asphalt surfaces when performing maximum turns, spinning tires or slamming on the brakes.
- Super Grip are best suited for forklifts used mainly outside on asphalt or an aggregate surface. They are more aggressive than Standard Grip and will make minuscule chips in concrete floors. Both size screws can be used without damage to asphalt.
Tread Depth Minimum Requirements
7/16″ for Pneumatic Tires
3/4″ of Rubber for Solid Tires
Installation is quite simple.
Traction screws can easily be screwed into the rubber treads using a variable speed drill. You have the option of leaving them in year round. (They are carbide tipped. We doubt you’ll wear them out.) As a second option, they are also easily removed when your winter season is over. (install = 1 hr per 27″ tall tire)
We recommend 2 or 3 traction screws per tire tread. (as seen in pics on this page)
Here’s a few of our customers
What they're saying
“So far so good. We love the plow! Great traction and we’re thinking of buying a 2nd”Don-Nan Pump & SupplyRoosevelt, Utah
“They’re amazing. Just because of the layout of our tread we ended up using all but 17 of the studs so we have a few spares in case we lose some.”Vermont HardwoodsVermont, USA
“We just got a fresh coating of ice/snow last night. This would usually make loading trucks in the morning a much more difficult process. After installing the traction screws on one of our forklifts it performs like it’s on dry pavement. Definitely exceeded my expectations.”Binnewater Ice CoKingston, NY