Introduction to drive wheels
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TEP Technica Ltd holds a large and varied range of drive wheels plus we can source an even larger range from our key suppliers. We stock medium to heavy duty drive wheels in Vulkollan, Polyurethane, electrically conductive, wet grip, softer and harder compounds and rubber to suit your application requirements.
Drive wheels come either with a keyway or stud hole configuration. Many of our drive wheels are used in the Material Handling Industry in particular drive wheels for forklift trucks and cleaning machines. Our drive wheels many of which are on stock can handle load capacities from 2000kgs up to 10,000kgs plus we can order drive wheels with load capacities up to 20,000kgs if required. Our drive wheels are either directly bonded or include a press on tyre for easy and reduced replacement costs. Our comprehensive range of drive wheels have a variety of hubs including pressed steel, cast iron and stable welded centres.
Key benefits of our drive wheels
- Manufactured in Germany by Rader Vogel
- Huge range of drive wheels on stock
- Wide range of sizes, keyway and stud holes
- Wide choice of tread materials and hub centres
- Impact, tear and wear resistant
- Very high load capacities
What is a Drive Wheel?
A drive wheel is the wheel and tire assembly that pushes or pulls a motor vehicle transmitting force. This transforms torque into tractive force from the tires to the floor surface, resulting in the vehicle moving. Drive wheels (drive tyres) need to provide adequate traction for acceleration, braking, and steering. Maintaining the correct traction will allow the vehicle to be easily controlled, so choosing the appropriate tread material is essential.
An incorrect tread for your application can result in the drive wheel sliding operator's ability to control the vehicle. However the powertrain must deliver enough torque to the drive wheel to overcome stationary forces, allowing in the vehicle moving forwards or backwards. If you need advice choosing the right drive wheel for your application get in touch with our technical support team on: +44 (0) 1256 763744
Medium & Heavy Duty Drive Wheels
We offer drive wheels with stud holes or keyway configuration. Keyway drive wheels have standard bore sizes and our drive wheels are specific to forklift trucks or cleaning machine. The drive wheels will fit specific gearboxes and will meet load capacity requirements for that vehicle. We hold in stock hundreds of drive wheels in many different tread materials so to list them all here would not be possible however we have a search tool where you can search our entire range or call our technical sales team for assistance. Please note that prices for our drive wheels will vary depending on market conditions, material costs and exchange rate changes but any prices for drive wheels quoted at time of purchase will be correct. Please note prices for our drive wheels will exclude VAT.
Manufactured in Germany for heavier duty industrial applications this smaller wheel has a superior Vulkollan© tread directly bonded to cast iron or steel centre in a more robust design with keyway according to DIN 6885. The centre bore is machined to a tolerance of H7 and the keyway is machined to a tolerance of P9. The tread is non-marking with excellent mechanical properties. We also offer this wheel in medium (Series 178KM) and larger sizes (Series 171A).