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List of Things You Need to Know About Forklift Tires – Top Tire Maintenance Tips

Forklift tires come in various types and standards, offering a different type of performance to the machine. But what about maintaining your forklift tires? Especially since the recent pandemic has put a pause on work. Here's a handy list of things you need to know about forklift tire maintenance.

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The Pneumatic Shaped Tire

First, do a thorough inspection of your forklift tires. Check the condition; can you spot any damages from impact? Do the tires look worn out? Here are some rules on which to gauge the condition of your pneumatic shaped forklift tires. First, the 60J line rule must be observed. Forklift tires can be used even with a mild wear-down of the tread. To make sure you are playing it safe, check to see if the tire is worn down to the 60J line. Solid forklift tires with track are lighter on the ground while the wall type will sit heavier on a hard, smooth surface. In order to guarantee the quality and learn more about the durability of your heavy machine tires, check with reliable agents. Some tire manufacturers such as GRI Tires offer variety too.

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The Solid Cushion Forklift Tire

In the case of the solid cushion tire, you must replace them when you see that 1/3 or the rubber is gone. If the tire does not come with a safety line to gauge wear, check to see if the tire has worn down to 2/3 of its height. Although you may think the tire still looks good, keep in mind that the solid cushion tire is built to handle large loads. Anything that can compromise the tire from handling this pressure can be a potential risk.

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Pneumatic Forklift Tires

Pneumatic forklift tires should be checked the same way as you would your car tires. If you see the tread has worn down, they need to be replaced. A tread depth gauge is a handy tool to measure the depth or the remaining tread. You must check for wear and tear signs such as puncture marks, indications of any surface damage, damage to the cords, and also the plies. One way to maintain your tires better is to check the air pressure regularly. Look for any unusual wear patterns, which will be indicative of low air pressure in your tires.

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General Signs of Wear and Tear to Look for in a Forklift Tire

These tips apply to the tires of any heavy-duty machinery, as damaged or worn-down tires are a safety hazard. You should look for any surface damage on the tires. Has the rubber been damaged? Are there bits of it missing? Check for unusual bulges too in the tire as well as the sidewalls for any damage.

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Use Torque Wrench to Make Sure the Wheels are Tight

To make sure the wheels of the forklift are torqued and tight, use a torque wrench to double-check, once you have finished with the other checks. Torque the wheels to the specified range.

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