To yield better productivity, your forklift machine should be up to the minute for work. From engine parts to tires, every single component should be well-functioning. And when it comes to tires, we become more watchful as it is the most crucial forklift safety component. We generally remain unaware of the best timing to replace our forklift tire to limit the risk of accidents or injuries at the workplace. Here, in this blog, we will clear some of the facts related to forklift tire replacement, such as signs when you need tire replacement and the type of tire to be replaced.
Types of forklift tires:
1. Cushion Forklift Tires
Cushion tires are best when used for indoor loading & unloading purposes. They are made of smooth solid rubber and are preferably used on smooth surfaces. They also help with handling in smaller spaces, as they facilitate a smaller turning radius.
- Most commonly used for indoor spaces.
- Lower resale value.
- Smaller than pneumatic tires.
2. Pneumatic Forklift Tires
Pneumatic tires offer high performance, adaptability, and strong grip even on potholed surfaces & tough terrains. These tires are similar to a truck or a car tire but preferably used at construction sites, distribution centers, and warehouses.
- Most commonly used for outdoor purposes, but also can be used inside warehouses and distribution centers.
- Higher surface versatility.
- Higher resale value.
- Larger than cushion tires.
Two types of pneumatic forklift tires:
- Solid Pneumatic Tires
- Air Pneumatic Tires
When to make a tire replacement?
Tires need to be replaced when:
- the tire tread is below the Lincoln Head, Or
- the rubber wears to more than an inch, Or
- your vehicle vibrates at a certain speed, Or
- when it tears down from the center to the side, Or
- especially when the wear line exceeds the safety line, Or
- Facing poor vehicle handling issues, Or
- Also, when there is chunking, tearing, cracking & flat spots are seen.
And so on.
Should I replace all my forklift tires at the same time?
Well, tire replacement entirely depends upon its usage and wear & tear. If you are using a cushion tire, you might need to replace all of them. However, if you are using pneumatic tires, you might only need to replace the worn & torn ones as pneumatic tires are more expensive than cushion tires. But, it is always wise to see a professional who can give better recommendations related to stability as well as safety issues.
- Never try changing tires all by yourself as it might cause an imbalance which can further cause stability issues.
- Also, changing both tires of the same axle is always recommended to maintain its steadiness.
Benefits of using replaced tires:
- Improves fuel efficiency
- Improves work efficiency
- Machine durability
- Improves Forklift handling on tougher terrains and uneven surfaces
- Smooth braking power
- Good grip during rains(when working outdoors)
- Improves overall safety