Through regular use, forklift tyres can sustain damage or simply wear out and it is very easy to assume a tyre does not require attention because it seems to be functioning. However, you could be taking a serious risk by ignoring the signs that tyres should be changed and it is important to know to switch them out after they sustain a certain amount of wear or any notable damage.
If you don’t, it can cause a range of issues, as well as providing a risk to the safety of your operators, the load and the productivity of your operation.
Operators who drive a forklift with chunked, worn or flat-spotted tyres can experience increased fatigue and job stress, possibly making them less careful and less productive.
The kingpin (which joins the steering wheel to the steering axel) is subjected to excessive stresses from shocks and uneven operation. This can cause potential stability issues or lead it to break.
Decreased ground clearances subject the truck to more damage to assemblies underneath. Having little to no cushioning from worn forklift tyres can loosen hardware on the unit which can cause engines and transmissions to leak.
Loads can be compromised by the constant jarring and rocking, leading to damaged product and safety issues.
Fork heel wear is accelerated as it becomes easier for an operator to drag the forks along the floor.
The floors in your facility can experience damage due to damaged forklift tyres.
Air tyres risk blowing out, which can cause a tip-over or lost load.