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How Often Do You Replace Forklift's Tires?
- Jun 20, 2018 -

 Do you believe that forklift tire manufacturers tell you the life expectancy for their tires? As we know that the life of a tire depends on the type of tire and how it is used. We need to consider unexpected occurrences that may cause forklift tires to wear more quickly, for example overuse, overheating, or using them on terrain which can not be drove on. So you need to change the tire according to the actual use.

When forklift tires are worn or damaged, it can affect things like fuel consumption, driver safety, and damage to the other parts of the vehicle. So it is important to check tires as part of both routine maintenance and daily or per shift inspections of the forklift.


How to Check Your Tire?

Generally, forklift tires are very durable, more durable than other car tires. But they aren't unbreakable.

Some forklift tires will actually tell you when they need to be replaced because they feature a wear line that lies about two-thirds of the way down the tire's original rubber height. Or there may be a wear indicator stamped into the side of the tire that measures how far of the tire's original surface has been worn down and how much is left before the tire needs to be replaced.

Check the tire manufacturer's owner's manual or website to determine if the forklift tires you use has this built-in measurement tool.

Other Measurements

On pneumatic tires, look for signs that the tread layer has been worn down to the belts underneath. Like car and truck tires, when forklift tires are bald or worn down to the treads, they can be dangerous to drive on.

When a forklift tire is worn down to the treads, it should be replaced right away. Continuing to drive on worn or damaged tires is not only unsafety, but also can damage other parts of the vehicle.

New tires can sometimes take time to be delivered. So it's good for you to keep spare tires on hand. The more forklifts you have, the more spare tires you should keep in reserve.