Wear & Tear Signs for Forklift Tires
If you see a forklift tire missing a huge chunk or rubber, or a tire with a big blow-out on the side...you're going to replace that tire.
The question is, when does "normal wear & tear" produce a dangerous tire? Most tires don't have spectacular blow-outs; they wear slowly over time. Reacting to the conditions in your facility.
Your job is to keep an eye on those tires. Fortunately, regular checks on tires are easy. Wear & tear signs will show up right away, if you know what to look for.
However, these aren't the only wear & tear signs you can watch for. Let me share 4 more.
A flat spot means the tires have repeatedly worn down at one place in their routine. Frequent sharp turns under heavy loads can cause this. But if you see flat spots on more than one forklift's tires, you have an uneven spot in your warehouse floor.
The tire is over- or under-inflated. This affects stopping power, forcing operators to jam on the brakes over & over. Not only does this hurt the tire, it can hurt the brakes!
Cracking/chunking occurs from running over debris. I've also seen many tires crack due to temperature swings. Years back a customer's employees repeatedly drove a forklift past an open freezer on the left side. The forklift's left tires eventually cracked (even though the right-side tires were fine).
An operator has driven the forklift through an oil spot or grease spill. Not only does this affect control of the forklift, the chemicals in oil & grease can eat away the tire rubber.
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