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Introduction to wet grip wheels

Wet Grip Wheels from TEP Technica

TEP Technica Ltd can supply almost our entire range of wheels with a wet grip compound as an alternative to the standard materials. We offer three main wet grip compounds Vulkollan® – Wet Grip, Polyurethane – Wet Grip and Pevodyn - Soft. We have one of the largest ranges of wet grip wheels for industrial applications in the UK.

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Vulkollan® – Wet Grip is one of our most popular compounds offering the same excellent characteristics as Vulkollan® but with considerably more traction. This compound is suitable for most applications where the floors are wet and slippery or where the application surface is naturally very smooth such as steel. For driven machines such as forklift trucks and clean sweepers this added traction will increase the safety performance especially when braking and cornering.

Vulkollan® – Wet Grip is applicable for machinery where you require added traction and yet the application itself involves carrying high loads, high speeds or operating at maximum efficiency for prolonged periods. Vulkollan® – Wet Grip can also be produced in a softer compound to offer even greater traction as more of the tread is in contact with the floor surface, however this is for lower load applications. Softer tread materials will also increase dampening and offer drivers of equipment a more comfortable ride.

Polyurethane – Wet Grip is another popular compound with good resistance to wear and tear but with additional traction for braking and cornering on soiled floors. This can also be supplied in a lower shore hardness to offer greater grip and driver comfort.

This compound is most suitable for lighter industrial applications where the wheels are not operating at maximum efficiency. It is important to note that whenever you reduce the shore hardness of a compound it will also reduce the tyres load capacity so if you are not entirely sure which compound is right for your application please ask us for advice.

Pevodyn-Soft is a relatively new wet grip compound which is neither Vulkollan® nor polyurethane and with a low shore hardness offers the benefit of extra traction and lower shore hardness while only reducing load capacity by around 10%.

Key benefits of our wet grip wheels

  • Manufactured in Germany by Rader Vogel
  • Different versions to meet load capacity requirements
  • Improved safety especially when braking and cornering
  • High quality compounds offer excellent resistance to wear and tear

Wet Grip wheels

Vulkollan wet grip wheels are typically hand poured using a special mixture of vulkollan at a lower short hardness (for example 80 Shore A) with small pieces of cured vulkollan which are much harder at say 93 Shore A. As the tread is worn down during application the small harder pieces start to protrude from the tread giving you extra grip/traction because the softer vulkollan around the small pieces will wear down quicker. The same method is used on our wet grip polyurethane wheels.

Our new range of pevodyn -soft industrial wheels are based on a completely new compound which has been developed, researched and tested in partnership with Rader Vogel and their suppliers. Early indications are this is a high performance wet grip compound with excellent traction especially when forklifts for example are turning, braking and using ramps with wet and slippery floors. We can offer wet grip wheels in this compound for nearly our entire range of industrial wheels.

We have listed below some wet grip wheels for you to view as way of example. You can order these wet grip wheels either through the advanced search facility or over the phone with our technical sales team. We have a huge range of wet grip industrial wheels in stock and an even larger list of industrial wheels we could supply in a wet grip compound so please do ask if you cannot see what you are looking for either from this small sample or from our advanced search.

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‘Wet grip’ is measured on the wet braking performance of a tyre in an emergency situation. The ability to adhere to the road in wet conditions is an important safety consideration when selecting a tyre. 

It takes longer to stop in wet conditions compared to dry, braking distances can vary according to driving conditions so your environment should be taken into consideration which selecting a wet grip tyre. Wet grip is rated from A to F, with A being the best class, and F the weakest. Classes D and G are not used. Tyres with an A-rating have a shorter braking distance than tyres with an F-rating.  A rated tyres have an excellent wet grip and offer more stability in wet conditions.  At TEP Technica we offer a range of A-rated wet grip wheels suitable for use in damp and wet conditions.

250/100/200/80.2 5 Stud Vulkollan Drive Wheel - Wet Grip - QUARTZ250/100/200/80.2 5 STUD VULKOLLAN DRIVE WHEEL - WET GRIP - QUARTZ

Produced in Germany, the tread material of this drive wheel is a special Vulkollan© composite material - Vulkollan©-Quartz which has been developed for use on extremely wet, slippery and greasy surfaces. The Vulkollan©-Quartz is directly bonded to a high-quality machined cast iron centre. The tread offers medium to high load capacity at medium speeds, with high braking and lower risk of sliding. See also P4271(PevodynSOFT©), P4270(Polyurethane), P2560(Rubber), P3039(Rubber Treaded), P1202(Vulkollan) and P2625(Non-Marking Rubber) for alternative tread materials.

 

 

 

 250/75/192/80 5 Stud Vulkollan Drive Wheel - Wet Grip - QUARTZ250/75/192/80 5 STUD VULKOLLAN DRIVE WHEEL - WET GRIP - QUARTZ

The tread material of this drive wheel is a special Vulkollan© composite material - Vulkollan©-Quartz which has been developed for use on extremely wet, slippery and greasy surfaces. The Vulkollan©-Quartz is directly bonded to a high-quality machined cast iron centre. The tread offers medium to high load capacity at medium speeds, with high braking and lower risk of sliding. See P3410(Polyurethane), P1707(Soft Vulkollan wet grip), P2021 Vulkollan treaded and P0628(Vulkollan) for alternative tread materials.

 

 

 

Vulkollan Drive Wheel - Wet Grip - QUARTZ230/90/175/65 4 STUD VULKOLLAN DRIVE WHEEL - WET GRIP - QUARTZ

The tread material of this drive wheel is a special Vulkollan© composite material - Vulkollan©-Quartz which has been developed for use on extremely wet, slippery and greasy surfaces. The Vulkollan©-Quartz is directly bonded to a high-quality machined cast iron centre. The tread offers medium to high load capacity at medium speeds, with high braking and lower risk of sliding. See also P0608 polyurethane, P0661, Soft Polyurethane wet grip, P4354 Rubber, P0505 Rubber treaded, P0002 Vulkollan, P0328 Vulkollan Wet Grip and P5648 PevodynSOFT©.

 

 

 

Stud Vulkollan Drive Wheel - Wet Grip - QUARTZ230/82/185/45 5 STUD VULKOLLAN DRIVE WHEEL - WET GRIP - QUARTZ

The tread material of this drive wheel is a special Vulkollan© composite material - Vulkollan©-Quartz which has been developed for use on extremely wet, slippery and greasy surfaces. The Vulkollan©-Quartz is directly bonded to a high-quality machined cast iron centre. The tread offers medium to high load capacity at medium speeds, with high braking and lower risk of sliding. See also P2808 Rubber, P0298 Vulkollan 95 Shore A, P1825 Vulkollan Electrically Conductive, P2956 PevodynSOFT©, P2589 Polyurethane, P0103 Vulkollan and P1181 wet grip Vulkollan.

 

 

 

5 Stud Vulkollan Drive Wheel - Wet Grip - QUARTZ215/70/89/159/60 5 STUD VULKOLLAN DRIVE WHEEL - WET GRIP - QUARTZ

The tread material of this drive wheel is a special Vulkollan© composite material - Vulkollan©-Quartz which has been developed for use on extremely wet, slippery and greasy surfaces. The Vulkollan©-Quartz is directly bonded to a high-quality machined cast iron centre. The tread offers medium to high load capacity at medium speeds, with high braking and lower risk of sliding. Also available in PevodynSOFT© (P3919), Polyurethane (P0705), Vulkollan (P0306), Rubber (P0398 and P4355), Non-marking Rubber (P1893), Vulkollan Wet Grip (1308) and high-grade Vulkollan (P0306).

 

 

 

5 Stud Pevodyn SOFT Wet Drive Wheel - Domed - 78 Shore A230/70/82/185/45 5 STUD PEVODYNSOFT DRIVE WHEEL - DOMED - 78 SHORE A

This drive wheel has a high-quality soft polyurethane tread directly bonded to a cast iron centre. The tread is non-marking and offers good dynamic load capacity, mechanical wear resistance and a good compression set. Resistant to many chemicals and oils, and with low water absorption makes this wheel ideal for most material handling applications. The tread offers lower rolling resistance to improve driver comfort and increase traction on wet and slippery floors. See P0360 for polyurethane, P0344 for rubber, P0361 for Vulkollan, P1887 for Vulkollan Wet Grip, P0454 for Electrically conductive and P0083 for Quartz Ultra Grip.

 

 

 

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DON'T KNOW WHICH WET GRIP WHEEL YOU NEED?

Our technical advisors are on hand to offer advice on product identification to select the correct wet grip wheel for your environment or application. At our UK warehouse we hold a large stocks of wet grip wheels that can be dispatched on a next day delivery service.  Order online or get in touch with our technical support team on +44 (0) 1256 763744.

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