When should you replace your forklift tires? Here’s what to look for.

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.

Normal Wear/Replacement:

Most press-on tires with normal wear should be replaced when the tire surface reaches the top of the letters on the sidewall.

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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

 

Radial Cracking

Cause 

Overload. Loads exceeding the rated capability of the tire.

Solution

  • 1 inch wider tire
  • Special compound tires

*Steer tire overload occurs when the lift truck is UNDER loaded

 

PROBLEM 2:

 

SEPARATIONS

Separations/Bonding

Cause

Check the baseband. Look for a point of impact.

 

BONDING

Cause

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

 

Chunking

Possible Causes

  • Overloading
  • Dock plates
  • Littered or rough floors, other surfaces such as gravel, asphalt, etc.
  • Aggressive driving causing wheel spin during start up, hard braking

Solutions

  • Driver Education
  • Wider Tire
  • Better Compound

 

 

Questions about your forklift tires? Contact Allied Toyota Lift today.

 

*All images from Toyota Lift of Minnesota

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