When you’re driving a vehicle that doesn’t have a suspension system such as a forklift, the tires are your best friend. In plants and warehouses, forklift tires absorb most of the shock of turning and driving over bumps. They make the ride smoother for the driver - and the load.
Your tires may look to be in good condition, but if they’re damaged they make the forklift - and the forklift driver - work harder than they need to. The vehicle becomes unstable. It vibrates. It shakes and jolts on harder surfaces. And its fuel efficiency decreases. That’s why it’s critical that you identify when it’s time to replace your forklift tires.
Pneumatic tires are usually used outside and exposed to the elements and debris. They’re likely to have a variety of tread patterns to adjust to their surroundings. Keep that in mind when using the 2-inch rule as a standard for wear.
The 2-inch rule: If the height of the forklift tire is 2 inches less that it was originally, it’s time to replace it.
Although the 2-inch rule is a good rule of thumb, it’s a good practice to inspect the tire tread for balding.
With cushion tires, balding is a sign of misalignment. It can also occur if the driver brakes sharply. You’ll want to check for wear by comparing the top of the tire to the 50% wear line. If it’s near that line, it’s time to get new tires.
Cuts result in tire deflation. This in turn can cause the load to shift and the vehicle to be off balance. If you see cuts across the tire, consider replacing it as soon as possible.
Cracks in the tire can happen when the rubber pieces fall off from contact with debris or misuse. You’ll see gaps and cracks all over the forklift tire. That’s your sign, if there was any, to get new tires.
When a forklift tire is overinflated, less surface area is in contact with the floor. This means less traction, reduced braking power, and more wear in the center.
When a forklift tire is underinflated, it’s harder for you to make smooth turns with a load. With the forklift working harder to move around the floor, it’s using more fuel than usual.
Check the side of the forklift tire for the recommended pressure. If you’ve tried to adjust the pressure and the tire can’t seem to sustain it, you’ll want to consider ordering new tires.
If your forklift is ready for new tires, we have you covered.
We offer pneumatic and cushion tires in Indiana for most forklift
brands and models. Give us a call at 317.597.4003 and you’ll be back to
restocking items efficiently in no time!
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