Thousands of dollars ride on your choice of industrial tires. Why risk expensive downtime, equipment damage, or even employee injuries riding on worn-out or damaged tires? Here’s a few issues to watch for.
Most press-on tires with normal wear should be replaced when the tire surface reaches the top of the letters on the sidewall.
Other Issues to Look For:
- Speed/Distance Issues
- Load Issues
- Equipment Mechanical Issues
- Application/Environment Issues
Before starting to diagnosis your tire issues, ask yourself these questions.
Questions to Ask
- Forklift Make & Model?
- Distance of travel?
- Load, with maximum payload & empty?
- Speed, with maximum payload & empty?
- Tire compound used?
- Special attachments on mast?
- Indoor/outdoor use and surface conditions?
- Time required for failure?
- One side of truck? Both sides?
- Has anything changed?
Your tires can wear in many different ways indicating different usage problems. Which bucket does your equipment fall in?
PROBLEM 1: RADIAL CRACKING
Overload. Loads exceeding the rated capability of the tire.
- 1 inch wider tire
- Special compound tires
*Steer tire overload occurs when the lift truck is UNDER loaded
Check the baseband. Look for a point of impact.
When “some” rubber is left on the band, it’s usually caused by heat/weight, not bond failure. If it’s “clean”, it’s a bond failure.
PROBLEM 3: CHUNKING
- Dock plates
- Littered or rough floors, other surfaces such as gravel, asphalt, etc.
- Aggressive driving causing wheel spin during start up, hard braking
- Driver Education
- Wider Tire
- Better Compound
Questions about your forklift tires? Contact Allied Toyota Lift today.
*All images from Toyota Lift of Minnesota