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04 Tips to Know When to Change Your Forklift Tires – Act in Time

Forklifts do not consist of conventional suspensions instead the entire weight of the vehicle is borne by the tires. Supporting up to 10,000lbs an average forklift tire need to be in good condition.


Check the Wear Line

A forklift's tires are marked with a wear line; otherwise called the 50% wear line. Over time as the tires wear down they will reach this mark. Make a note of it and replace tires immediately. Failure to do so could result in serious injury to you and the forklift while also endangering any other co-workers close by and the cargo you may be handling.


'Chunking' of the Tires

This tip literally means what it says. 'Chunking is a term used to describe a worn out tire from which pieces – or chunks – start to fall off. This is where it must be noted that a good quality tire manufactured out of top grade rubber will withstand usage much better; offering you durability and performance on any terrain on climate. Look for solid forklift tires that offer maximum performance, value for money and extended durability. When selecting a quality product it is also important to look for reputed tire manufacturers where standards are high and quality is key.


Signs of Tearing on the Tires

This is very similar to 'chunking'; look for signs the tire is tearing in places. This is an indication that tires need to be changed. In order to prolong this phenomenon from occurring too soon, you should consider choosing forklift tires in accordance with the type of lifting and moving you expect of your machine. Look at the range of industrial forklift tires on offer; each offers a different gauge and is tailor made to suit varied activities. Ultimate XT by GRI Tires Australia for instance, is made for high performance and a greater ability to withstand weight and traction. The benefits of choosing a specialised tire are low maintenance costs, heavy load capacities and ability to travel long distances at greater speeds. Of course, if your load is less, then again specialised high-performance tires of this grade too will prove beneficial in reducing tire tearing.


Look Out for Flat Spots in Tires

A flat spot in a tire means it needs to be replaced; look for these signs anywhere on the tire. Again a premium tire will reduce these effects from occurring; tires manufactured to high-quality standards using thicker gauge rubber and advanced three-stage manufacturing procedures are best. These, in the long run, ensure there is no 'dimpling' or flat spots on your forklift tires. The well-cushioned tires also ensure a comfortable ride which in the long run is just as important as safety features.

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