Good forklift tires are a forklift operator and operations manager’s best friend at most plants and warehouses. This is because unlike most vehicles, a forklift does not have a suspension system. This leaves the forklift tires absorbing most of the shock when turning and driving over any bumps. Your tires make the ride smoother for the operator and the load itself.

Your tires may look to be in good condition, but if they’re damaged they make the forklift and the operator work harder then needed. The lift truck becomes unstable, vibrates, shakes on harder surfaces and loses fuel efficiency. Not to mention potential damage that could be done to the truck or facility from the listed effects. That’s why its critical that you identify when its time to replace your forklift tires.

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Signs to Replace Forklift Tires

1. Worn Forklift Tires

Pneumatic tires are usually used outside and are exposed to the elements and outside debris. They come in a variety of tread patterns in order to adjust to their surroundings. Its best to use to keep in mind two things when it comes to pneumatic tires, signs of balding and the 2-inch rule. The 2-inch rule is if the height of the forklift tires is 2 inches less that it was when it was originally put on, it’s time to replace it. 

With cushion tires, balding is a sign of misalignment. It can also occur when the operator brakes sharply over time. 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 replace your current tires.

2. Cuts & Cracks in Forklift Tires

Cuts result in tire deflation. Cuts in your tires can cause the load to shift and the forklift to be off balance. If you notice any cuts across the tire, replace it as soon as possible.

Cracks in the tire can happen when rubber pieces fall off from contact with debris or misuse. If you see gaps and cracks all over the forklift tire, that’s a sign you need to get new tires as soon as possible.

3. Over/Under Inflated Forklift Tires

When a forklift tire is over-inflated, 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 under-inflated, its harder to make smooth turns with a load. This requires the forklift to work harder to move around the floor, resulting in more fuel consumption 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.

Need New Forklift Tires in Kentuckiana?

If your forklift is ready for new tires, YKI has you covered. We have a wide selection of pneumatic and cushion tires for most forklift brands and models. We have the service team to get your tires on quick and keep your operation rolling!

Follow the link below or call (866) 603-3131 with any of your Kentuckiana material handling needs. From tires, service, new/used equipment, rentals and other any parts, we got you covered!

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