Regularly inspect your forklift tyres to check for wear and damage. Your operators should include this in their pre-operation inspections. They’ll be able to catch issues before they become a serious problem which is good for their safety and your bottom line.
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To determine if your forklift tyre should be replaced, there are a few areas to check:
Wear Line or Safety Line – Many tyre manufacturers provide a wear line on the tyre. If the rubber has been worn down to the line, it’s time to replace the tyre.
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Tread – Similar to a car tyre, visually check the tread height on the tyre to determine if the tyre needs replacing. If the tyre is balding, replace it.
Chunking- Chunking occurs when the tyres are repeatedly running over debris and cause large pieces to fall off the tyre. This can cause a bumpy ride for the operator, increasing fatigue and therefore mistakes. Damage to the load or product may also occur as a result of chunking.
Flat Spots – Sometimes flat spots can appear on the tyre caused by spin or aggressive braking. This creates an uneven and uncomfortable experience for the operator.
Radial Cracking – Radial cracking can occur when heat builds up within the tyre often due to overloading the machine. If you’re consistently seeing radial cracking on your pneumatic or cushion tyres, consider using a larger or wider tyre to spread the weight of the load over more areas.
So, if you see any of the above signs appearing on your tyres, then it’s time to quickly change them to avoid any kind of accidents.