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Monday, August 07 2023
Getting the Most Our of Your Forklift Tires

Taking good care of your forklift tires is essential to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the forklift, as well as to extend the lifespan of the tires. Here are some tips to help you maintain your forklift tires:

  1. Regular Inspections: Inspect your forklift tires on a regular basis, preferably before each shift. Look for signs of wear, damage, punctures, and uneven tread wear. Catching problems early can help prevent larger issues down the line.

  2. Proper Inflation: If you utilize pneumatic tires on your forklifts, maintain proper tire pressure according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Underinflated or overinflated tires can lead to uneven wear and reduced performance. Use a reliable tire pressure gauge to check and adjust the pressure as needed.

  3. Load Capacity: Ensure that you're not exceeding the forklift's load capacity. Overloading the forklift can cause excessive strain on the tires, leading to premature wear and potential safety hazards.

  4. Appropriate Speed: Avoid driving the forklift at excessive speeds, especially when carrying a load. High speeds can generate heat and cause increased tire wear. Stick to recommended speed limits to minimize tire stress.

  5. Keep Surfaces Clean: Keeping operating surfaces clean and free of debris can greatly reduce forklift tire damage.

  6. Safe Driving Practices: Encourage operators to avoid sudden starts, stops, and turns, which can put extra stress on the tires. Gradual acceleration and deceleration are easier on the tires and contribute to their longevity.

  7. Avoid Potholes and Obstacles: Try to avoid driving over potholes, sharp objects, or debris on the floor. These can cause punctures and damage to the tires.

  8. Proper Loading: When lifting and placing loads, ensure that the load is balanced and properly positioned on the forks. An unbalanced load can cause uneven tire wear and potential accidents.

  9. Professional Maintenance: Our Planned Maintenance program ensures all vital components, including tires, are in good operating order. We can check for alignment issues, suspension problems, and other factors that could affect tire wear.

  10. Tire Replacement: When tires are excessively worn, damaged, or have reached the end of their useful life, replace them promptly to maintain safety and performance.

Remember, taking care of your forklift tires not only improves the efficiency and lifespan of your equipment but also contributes to overall workplace safety. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines and consult with professionals if you're unsure about tire maintenance or replacement.

Posted by: BarryL AT 10:34 am   |  Permalink   |  Email