Forklift Tires
10 Apr 2017
Delta Materials

When is the right time to Re-Tire your Forklift?

A good rule of thumb to determine if your forklift tires need to be replaced is to see if the tire wear reaches just above the imprinted area with the brand name and the size of the tire. Many tire brands will also have a wear bar indicator.

The chart to the below shows the approximate diameter at which tires should be replaced due to wear. This chart is only a guideline;  forklift tire brands, types, and tread patterns may have distinct specifications for outside diameter and width.

Five signs that it may be time to Re-Tire your  Forklift:

  • Undercutting. The tire rubber begins to recede back from the banding edge, giving the appearance that the rubber is shrinking. Caused by overloading the tire & truck and or repetitive sharp turns.
  • Chunking. Pieces of rubber are falling off, commonly caused by litter on the floor, spinning over rough surfaces, or striking objects. Often chunking is the source of rattles when the lift is being driven.
  • Chipping - The majority of the tire surface is cut up and missing chips of rubber. This is usually caused by littered floors and rough surfaces such as broken concrete.
  • Cracking. Cracks on the rubber face of the tire. These cracks take away the stability of the tire and are often caused by overloading the tire or turning while stationary.
  • Out of Round. Seen most often at the band itself. The band is no longer a nice round circle but instead have spots that are pushed inward. More than not, this is caused by the tire hitting something projecting outward into the path of the truck.

Avoid these 5 things and get more out of your  forklift  tires:

  • Avoid excess heat. Contact with hot metals, and prolonged exposure to hot surfaces.
  • Avoid spinning and quick stops. Quick starts/stops and sharp turns wear tread rapidly, grind in foreign objects and may cause premature failure.
  • Avoid overloading. Overloading causes rubber separation, cutting, chipping, and tire blowouts. Overloading can occur when the load is not centered, dangled on the ends of forks, or from fast cornering.
  • Avoid oil, grease, and gasoline. In addition to affecting the handling of the truck, chemicals can break down the rubber compound of the tire and lead to failure.
  • Avoid standing loads. Flat spots can develop on solid tires if left loaded overnight. In some extreme cases, the flat spot may cause a bump each time the tire rotates, requiring it to be replaced.

Delta Materials Handling offers tires that will perform to your expectations. The correct tire on your lift truck can make a big difference in output, performance and forklift tire life. We offer the largest tire selection of  forklift tires and parts in the area and our experienced representatives can help you choose the best tire for your job requirement.


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