Steel Or Alloy Wheels? Hydraulic Press Decides Which One’s Stronger

As winter approaches in the northern hemisphere, so does the old dilemma of fitting winter tires on alloy or steel wheels.

There’s no question that alloy rims look much better than their steel counterparts, but looks aren’t everything when it comes to driving on frozen, pothole-ridden roads.

What also matters is how strong the wheels are and how they deal with shocks — such as hitting a big hole in the asphalt. One extreme way to test the stress resistance of wheels (and of any objects, for that matter) is to subject them to the might of the hydraulic press.

That’s exactly what the guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel did. Using a 150-ton press, they filmed some tests where they crushed alloy and steel wheels to see how they would behave. The wheels had tires on them and were crushed both in vertical and horizontal positions.

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that the alloy wheels have more rigidity and require more force to crush. Unfortunately, that also means they break into pieces when that happens. The steel wheels, on the other hand, absorb the punishment without splitting into parts.

Finally, steelies are much cheaper so they don’t put that big of a dent in your pocket. They may bend more easily when hitting a pothole at high speeds, but at least you can have them fixed. Good luck doing that with a broken alloy wheel.


  • Mike anonymous

    I just can’t escape this video, Youtube shows it in my “Recommended”,.. I remove it from recommended. The Video keeps popping up on search,.. I remove it from search. I come to C.S. and (low and behold),.. it’s here too.

    • Bash

      Laugh out loud.
      You’re distant to see it. Have you?

      • Mike anonymous

        LOL No, I haven’t even watched it, At first I just thought it was another video “suggested for me”,. but it wouldn’t stop following me. It started popping up everywhere I went. I couldn’t escape it. At this point i’m pretty adamant on ’not’ watching it.

    • KareKakk

      😀 When you call yourself “anonymous” on the Net, the Net accepts the challenge. Surrender and watch the vid, or accept that the Net knows all about you anyway.

      • Mike anonymous

        I don’t think the ‘Net’ knows very much about me. The Net told me ‘it’ was recommending the video because I watch a car commercial from 10 years ago. I’m not sure if the ‘Net’ is trying to gather information on me, just stalking me, or is for some reason interested in me. (Now there’s nothing wrong if you do, but personally)… I don’t swing ‘that’ way.


  • Paul

    It was interesting even if the results were what I expected they’d be. Almost 11 minutes to show us what could have quickly been done in 3 or 4 minutes.

  • Marty

    How can wheels be made of steel OR alloy? Steel is an alloy.

  • What the hell is Kimi Raikkonen doing testing wheels?!

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