It is important for every operation to know when to replace their forklift tires and what signs to look indicating that new tires are needed. If they are replaced too soon, you are not getting your money’s worth from them and decreasing operational profitability. However, on the other side of the spectrum, replacing forklift tires after the wear limit will result in
- Operators noticing lower speeds and reduced ride comfort
- Increase in maintenance costs
- A lower ground clearance and reduced lifting height on the forklift
- Loss of load capacity, causing accelerated wear and overheating
The first reference to look at when looking to replace lift truck tires is the forklift tire operator’s manual, provided by your forklift tire manufacturer. This is a helpful tool that covers wear limits and the proper time to change your tires. While you should follow the manual, there are additional signs that show when it is time to replace the old forklift tires.
Wear Indicator Bar
There are a significant amount of forklift tires that come with a wear bar molded into the tire’s sidewall, which is an indicator that becomes visible as the rubber tread wears out. This is a clear sign that your forklift tires need to be replaced.
Most tires have the name of the manufacturer molded into the sidewall. Generally speaking, when the tire wears to the top of the nameplate, it should be replaced, which provides an opportunity to use an eyeball test as a quick determinate if the tire needs to be replaced or not.
Deformities of the Tire
A forklift tire needs to be replaced when there are any unusual appearances on your tire. There are several different types, including:
- Tearing and Chunking – When pieces of the forklift tire are falling off, or there are parts tearing.
- Splits or Cracks – When radial splits or cracks appear on the sidewall of the tire.
- Non-round Spots – When flat spots appear on the forklift tire.
The next step would be to choose the right type of forklift tire. Read another article written by Fallsway about what to consider when deciding what type of forklfit tire suits your application and needs.