Forklift Tire Replacement -When to Replace Your Tires
The Cost of Old Tires
Forklift tires are a large part of operating costs - 20%-30% of a forklift's total lifetime operating expense goes into the tires. Worn tires cut into productivity, taking up to 10% more time to cover the same distance.
Operator comfort, and therefore productivity, is also strongly linked to tire condition. Tires are the only shock absorber on a forklift. Comfortable operators get more work done.
When To Replace Your Lift Truck Tires
- Chunking (missing sections of tread from a tire as though sliced or torn off)
- Gouging (pieces missing from tire)
- Flat spots
- Separation of rubber from the wheel.
- Tire volume loss
Identifying Tire Volume Loss
Why does Tire Volume Loss Matter?
Lift Truck Tire Types
Generally less expensive, and provide a smoother ride, which protects equipment against excess vibration.
PNEUMATIC-SHAPED SOLID TIRES
Improved capacity over cushion tires, added stability, and last longer than pneumatic tires. Non-marking available.
Polyurethane lasts longer than rubber, and is resistant to oils and chemicals. They are also non-marking.
Cushion tires are solid rubber, and do not require much maintenance, but they have less traction than a pneumatic tire, particularly outdoors. The majority of forklift tires are cushion tires. Non-marking available.
Learn more about the tire types, applications, and tire care: Forklifts of Michigan Tire Guide (PDF)
Contact our Tire Experts to help you find the tire you need, and in many cases, arrange on-site tire replacement.