When to Replace Forklift Tires

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When to Replace Forklift Tires

Generally, when there is less than one inch from the lettering on the tires to the top of the tires, it is time to change the tires. Did you know: after a tire has worn 40%, the forklift and the driver will absorb over 84% of the shock if it's being run over a rough surface. The transmission works much harder to turn the tires the same amount of rotation, which can result in a breakdown. Changing tires is an inexpensive way to keep your forklift and operator in good condition.

Other ways to determine if your tires need to be replaced:

Some tires have a safety line built into the side of the tire that tells you when it is time to replace the tire. This is an example from a new Solid Deal Brand Solid Pneumatic Tire where the safety line is clearly marked. You should replace the tire before it gets worn to the safety line.

Replace tires when you see damage in the form of chunking, tearing or cracking, or if you see flat spots. Damaged tires threaten the safety of the machine and the operator and need to be replaced as soon as possible. Below is an example of a tire that is severely cracked and needs replacement right away.

A tire that has wear or is torn, should be replaced.

A tire that is chunking or developed a flat spot and needs to be replaced.

Forklift tire replacement can be tricky. You should always leave this to trained and qualified forklift technicians. Experimenting on your own can be very dangerous. For repairs and preventative maintenance in Middle TN and Southern Kentucky, Call MidSouth Industrial Tire Service Dispatch at 888-434-4404 or schedule service online.

For an estimate, collect the information below and call 888-434-4404. Each tire replacement service includes removal and installation of new tires as well as disposal of the old.

  • Model
  • Serial Number
  • Size of the tire (molded into the side and inside sidewall
  • Compound (usually we can figure it out by the color)

We hope this information will be helpful in making the decision to buy or replace your next set of forklift tires.

Courtesy of www.MidSouthTires.com