Just like an automobile, tires have a significant impact on the safety and performance of a forklift. It’s critical to be aware of your options, what you need for your specific situation, and when it’s time to replace your tires.  Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.   

Know your application. 

Weight. What is the average and maximum weight you carry on your forklift

Terrain. Where do you drive the forklift? If indoors, are you on wet or slippery floors? If outdoors, is the terrain rocky or uneven? 

Space. How much space do you have between aisles and exit/entry points? Are you working in a small area with a tight turning-radius? 

Know your options.  

There are two common forklift tires: cushion tires and pneumatic tires.  

Cushion tires are solid rubber tires best for indoor applications. Cushion tires are perfect for lighter loads, light use, and small spaces. If you have a narrow aisle forklift or an order picker, cushion tires are probably the right tires for you.  

Pneumatic tires are best for indoor-outdoor applications, unpaved surfaces, and uneven terrain. Pneumatic tires are more durable, more stable, and offer better traction than cushion tires. If you operate in a lumber yard, or on gravel, pneumatic tires are most likely the right choice for you.  

There are also several uncommon forklift tires. Polyurethane tires and foam fill tires are two options usually recommended for particular material handling applications only. 

Know when to replace. 

Here’s what to look for to decide if you need to replace your forklift tires. 

Cuts or cracks. If you see cuts or cracks, it is a sure sign you need to replace your forklift tires. 

Wear. Inspect forklift tires often for tire tread and balding. If you have pneumatic tires, use the two-inch rule. Check the height of the forklift tires. If the tires had worn down two inches or more from when they were new, it’s time to replace them.  

If you have cushion tires, balding in any area of the tire is a sure sign to replace. 

Know who to call. 

We are experts at forklift tire applications, options, and use. Do you need help to determine exactly which forklift tire you need or if it’s time to replace?

Contact us today! 

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