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Wheels are all around us. We see them on bikes, vehicles, carts, wagons, chairs, and tricycles. Google estimates that there are around 37 million wheels in the world. Though there are many different types of wheels, we are going to focus on three main categories:
And the best ways they are used.
Hard Rubber Wheels
Air-filled wheels are simple to understand. Unlike hard rubber tires, these types of wheels are of course, air filled. Air filled tires, (also commonly referred to as pneumatic tires), are known for their ability to absorb the unevenness of terrain, making them a common choice for bikes and most vehicles.
Air filled tires are also lightweight, and not nearly as heavy-duty as hard rubber tires, making them a bit more manageable sometimes.
Flat Free Wheels
One of the most versatile and useful items a warehouse or store may utilize is a utility cart. A utility cart is very useful for moving supplies easily and efficiently. These carts are used in greenhouses to move plants and potting supplies, and used in grocery stores to stock shelves. There really is no end to the usefulness of a good utility cart. But a utility cart is only as good as the wheels it rides on, which is why it is a good idea to know what types of wheels work best for your handy little cart.
Best Wheels for Utility Carts
Different Types of Wheels: Hand Cart Wheels
Similar to utility carts, hand carts are often used in warehouses. These nifty little carts ride on two wheels and are used to haul boxes and other large, bulky items that may take up too much space on a utility cart. These hand carts can also be stacked high with various boxes and crates, meaning they should be able to carry substantial weight. Hand carts are also easy to stash, and generally can stay tucked in a corner in tight work spaces.
Best Wheels for Hand Carts
Hand carts are usually loaded high with bags and boxes, and are expected to carry large amounts of weight. For that reason, hand carts pretty much only use hard rubber tires. These tires are low maintenance and usually used on smooth concrete surfaces. They also tend to be more narrow than air filled tires, allowing your cart to fit in smaller spaces. The biggest factor here though is that hard rubber tires are durable, and your hand cart tires won’t get “flat” with the extra weight they may be expected to carry.
Different Types of Wheels: Tricycle Wheels
Tricycles are three wheeled vehicles generally used on the driveway by small children, (though some may be big enough for adults!) Unlike the previously mentioned utility carts, trikes are designed to be ridden. They will most likely be ridden on various kinds of terrain as well. With these two factors in mind, the types of wheels you may want to buy may be a bit more obvious.
Best Wheels for Tricycles
Air filled tires are easily the best choice of tire when it comes to tricycles. Solid tires, and even flat free tires don’t provide nearly as much cushion or suspension as air filled tires, and would result in a very uncomfortable ride. Along with that, solid tires don’t have the traction or adaptability that air filled tires do, especially on grass or wet pavement. This could result in more accidents, especially in rainy and damp weather. For the safety and comfort of your child, stick with air filled tires on this one.
The air filled wheel options you can purchase are endless. We offer air filled tires in different sizes, with different tread patterns, and wheels with spokes as well.
Different Types of Wheels: Wheelbarrow Wheels
Have you ever tried mulching without a wheelbarrow to transport the mulch? It’s hard work! Used a lot in gardening and outdoor work, wheelbarrows have become a very popular item in landscaping work. Whether you’re pulling weeds, gathering leaves, or mulching, a wheelbarrow may be your right hand tool. Wheelbarrows are one of the only wheel-using devices that using a singular wheel. For this reason, it’s good to invest in a high quality wheel that will last a long time and can withstand heavy weight and lots of use.
Best Wheels for Wheelbarrows
Wheelbarrows require both good suspension and durability when it comes to wheels. It is uncomfortable to push a wheelbarrow with a hard rubber tire, as it may jarr your arms and wear you out. Hard rubber tires may not work well on uneven ground or in the soft soil of the garden either.
On the other hand, a wheelbarrow is expected to carry a lot of weight, and air filled tires may go flat too quickly. This is where the flat free tires come in. Because they are not made of solid rubber, and also don’t run the risk of always going flat on you, these tires may be the most ideal fit for a wheelbarrow.
We offer a selection of Flat Free Wheels for your wheelbarrow at Lapp Wagons. Our wheelbarrow wheels are sturdy and durable and come in multiple sizes to fit your wheelbarrow. We offer wheels that can hold up to 500 lbs, making them excellent for your outdoor work.
Different Types of Wheels: Wagon Wheels
When discussing wagons, it is valuable to know the many different types of wagons available. Let’s discuss the main types of wagons:
Have you ever had a picnic with your family and loaded all the supplies up in your favorite red wagon? Kids wagons are fun and recreational, and what child doesn’t want a wagon ride? Kids Wagons are comfortable and designed with the safety of your children in mind.
At Lapp Wagons, we sell a large variety of wagons in many sizes, so you can find just the kind you want.
Need to get your firewood from the shed to the house? A work wagon is your best friend when it comes to transporting things from place to place efficiently, and the uses for a work wagon are endless.
Our work wagons are durable and designed to withstand heavy loads. At Lapp Wagons, we offer work wagons for farm work, commercial work, garden work, and the list goes on. To learn more about our heavy duty work wagons, check out our blog.
If you own a miniature horse, a pony wagon is an investment you almost can’t pass up. Pony wagons are wagons that can be attached behind a miniature pony and pulled from place to place. Pony wagons are great for younger children, and will provide them with hours of entertainment and even a sense of responsibility as they learn how to maneuver the wagon with the pony.
Our pony wagons are perfect for your little pony and come in two options, a one seater, and a two seater.
Want to know more about miniature pony carts? Check out our blog, Everything You Need to Know About Miniature Pony Carts.
Best Wheels for Wagons
Wagons come in all shapes and sizes, as do their wheels. Most wagons work best however, with air filled tires, though some commercial wagons may benefit from hard rubber tires. Because wagons like kids wagons and pony wagons carry children, air filled tires may be the best choice to provide them with a comfortable ride.
We offer a large selection of wheels that work great with any type of wagon. Find just the size wheels you want, and get your wagon back up on it’s feet, (or it’s wheels).
At the end of the day, there aren’t always right and wrong options, even when it comes to wheels. Deciding what types of wheels to buy may seem complicated. To make your decision easier, we created a little chart to help you understand the best uses of each wheel.
Air Filled Wheels
- Best pick for rough terrain
- Best choice for carrying people
- Great suspension
Flat Free Wheels
- Works well on smoother terrain, though it can be used on rougher
- Works with heavy weight, but not as recommended for carrying passengers
- Moderate suspension
Solid Rubber Wheels
- Works best on smooth solid terrain
- Best choice for very heavy weights
- Relatively poor suspension