Material Handling Product insight 14.12.17

When to replace your forklift tires

As the tire wears, it can no longer perform as well as when the tire was new. It is not uncommon for a worn tire to begin to do some strange things and affect performance, ride and appearance.

Forklift tires can also experience damages and conditions leading to tire failure way before their expected end of life. However, the question remains: how do we know when tires need to be replaced?

If tires wear too far, performance and safety issues may arise such as driver’s fatigue, increased fuel consumption and unstable operations, along with the risk of unnecessary damage to the machine. But signs of wear differ depending on the type of tires installed on your machine and it can be confusing.  

When to replace a Press-On tire

Camso recommends to replace a smooth Press-on tire when the overall rubber height reaches 2/3rds of the original rubber height. This dimension can be found on our published specification sheets.

Why?

  • Reduced load carrying capacity
  • Ensure clearance between mast and floor
  • Improve ride quality and reduce shock transmission
  • Reduce unnecessary lift maintenance

When to replace a Resilient tire

  • Undamaged resilient tires can be worn down to the 60-J line as indicated on the sidewall of the tire.
  • Wearing beyond the 60-J line represents a safety hazard and can lead to unexpected tire failure as well as potential damage to the forklift truck.
  • Certain Solideal branded tires also feature a wearing indicator

60J line

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Wearing indicator (Solideal Xtreme)

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When to replace a Pneumatic tire

  • Pneumatic tires (not damaged) can be worn until the tread layer has been worn away.
  • Wearing beyond the tread pattern represents a safety hazard and can lead to unexpected tire failure as well as potential damage to the forklift.

Wearable rubber

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The importance of knowing when to replace a forklift tire

Whether forklift tires simply wear out through regular use or experience damages and conditions leading to tire failure way before their expected end of life, it’s important to pay attention to the signs of wear detailed above and switch out your tires on time to reduce downtime and ensure safe and effective operations.

The key still remains to have the right tire on the machine, so that it can be replaced on schedule in the least amount of time possible. To ease forklift tire selection, we’ve developed an online tool that ensures the correct tire model is matched to the forklift application.

Check it out and don't hesitate to contact your tire dealer or a service partner such as Solideal on-site service team for advices and support.


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