Your forklift tyres are one of the most critical parts you shouldn’t ignore, especially when it comes to its quality and condition because they could have a huge impact on your business and bottom line. If you ignore the importance of your forklift tyres, some complications can occur including more frequent changes, increased costs of operations, decrease in performance and safety, accidents and injuries. The amount of money required to replace a forklift tyre before failure is only a fraction of what you will pay to fix the damage caused by worn-out tyres.
If your forklift tyres are used till they wear out, capacity and stability begin to decrease because they serve as shock absorbers for the truck and the operator. Then a possible side effect would be a more fatigued operator or loss of control of the machine. All these negative effects can only be prevented with the right steps. The following are a few tips you can use to ensure that you minimise the costs of your forklift tyres and are getting the best performance.
SELECT THE RIGHT TYRE
When it comes to selecting the appropriate tyre, it will be best to consult with an experienced professional with sufficient knowledge of forklift tyres. Trained and experienced professionals will consider certain factors like the condition of operations, the type of surface your forklift will operate on and the type of machine you operate. Other possible questions to be considered include Do your kind of operation requires high speeds over distances? Do your forklifts undergo cases of overheating as a result of making long runs? Or do they operate on a rough, smooth or gravel surface?
The fact is that there are a lot of factors to be considered and failing to analyse to each one may lead to serious complications. And if you’re looking to purchase a new forklift, ensure that the right forklift tyre is part of the quote. It may be normal for standard tyres to work for some operations but still ensure you’re purchasing the right one before you put it into service.
MAINTAIN APPROPRIATE AIR PRESSURE
You should make it a priority to regularly check the air pressure of your forklift tyres. Why is this of importance? Well, anything that is outside the range of the ideal air pressure could pose potential problems. For instance, an under-inflated tyre will undergo difficulties when manoeuvring the forklift as a result of reduced traction. On the other hand, an over-inflated tyre would create more wear on the areas relative to the centre of the tyre while weakening the rest of the surrounding parts at the risk of a blowout. A way to circumvent this tyre pressure issue is by making use of solid pneumatic tyres or through an alternative process known as foam filling. This process is of great use when solid pneumatic tyres are unavailable or not suitable for your operation. Foam filling prevents flats from puncture holes or leaks, making it easy for you so you won’t have to constantly check your tyre pressure. In order to set the ideal air pressure for your forklift tyres, check for the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure within the sidewalls of the forklift tyres.
CARRY OUT FREQUENT INSPECTIONS
Identifying worn out or damaged forklift tyres before they become a major issue is one of the best ways to minimise costly tyre repairs. When carrying out a pre-shift inspection, look out for things like irregular wear, undercutting, stress cracks, chunking and flattened patches. In order to determine wear on your forklift tyre, you will have to consider two things. The type of tyre and your manufacturer’s recommended time usage. As you purchase your forklift tyres, ensure the dealer explains the inspection process in detail and also the best time to replace the tyres. Make regular inspection part of your forklift training to enlighten your operators on how to carry out forklift tyre inspections.
PURCHASE HIGH-QUALITY TYRES
It’s a no brainer to know that lower quality tyres would wear out faster than higher-quality tyres. From the materials used to the manufacturing process, forklift tyres with higher quality are made to withstand higher levels of stress without severe damage. It doesn’t mean you simply have to purchase the most expensive tyre. However, if you buy a tyre because of its an option with the lowest cost or it’s on sale, you will often end up spending more in the long run. Determining the best tyre that will suit your operation will pay off eventually. For instance, if your operation involves lifting a heavy load and requires forklift accessories or attachments like a chain block, high-quality tyres will be able to withstand the stress without deterioration, unlike low-quality tyres that would otherwise wear out easily.
REMOVE SOURCES OF TYRE CHUNKING
Always clean the surface your forklift operates on, by doing this you will be prolonging the usefulness of your forklift tyres while minimising costs. Don’t let nails, screws, wooden pallet debris, metal bands and shrapnel lay on production floors. If your operation involves manufacturing, you will likely have more debris to deal with. Tiny pieces of wood damage load wheels, and if plastic wrap gets wrapped around the wheel of your forklift tyres it could damage the wheel bearings. A consistent cleaning practice with a floor sweeper will certainly reduce damage to your tyres. Other safety procedures include using appropriate climbing helmets during operation and ensuring your forklift brake parts are serviced frequently.
Obviously, there are a lot of factors involved in minimising the costs of your forklift tyres. From regular inspections and proper maintenance to making the best choices when it comes to replacing your tyres. Implementing these practices can help improve safety, reduce costs, and increase the productivity of your forklifts. If the tyres are in good condition, you won’t have to change them more often, instead, you will use them longer while saving money. When the tyres become worn, you can prevent the risk of a serious injury to your operator.