One might think that the tires are quite insignificant, which of course is not the case. Regardless if you have a car or heavy equipment, the tires are crucial in giving the optimal performance from your vehicle. Heavy equipment of course require heavy tires, that can withstand the heavy loads.
Depending on the tasks that the excavator is scheduled to perform, you might need different tires. The advantage of an excavator that has tire versus tracks is that you are a bit more flexible in terms of being able to adapt better to the tasks at hand before the job starts. If your excavator has tracks you are more limited, but you tend to have very good traction on most surfaces, but tracks are not the best for hard surfaces and for tasks where you have to drive long distances as part of the task. Maneuvering within small spaces is also more limited. Tracks are though good for soft surfaces where it is important not to leave any trace behind. So if you are doing some work in somebody’s backyard and have to make sure to leave the lawn intact, then you really need to use an excavator with tracks.
You can adapt tires to the terrain and to the weather or the combination thereof. If you have the wrong set of tires it can have a very negative impact, as you might not have the grip needed to perform the tasks, and you will need to have stability and control to lift and move objects. You also need the grip to ensure that the excavator doesn’t move unintentionally. Without perfect grip the excavator might not be able to perform its tasks.
Excavator tires can be chosen based on weather, as there are tires that are optimized for snow and ice and some there are optimized for mud and rough terrain. There are also tires that are more all-round that can handle a bigger range of conditions. It tends to be worth to check the technical tire manual to assess which tire option fits best for your excavator and your intended load. The better quality of tires that you get for your excavator the less down time it will have, due to less risk of tire failures, which can be quite costly if you are in remote areas.