A guide to help you spot the signs you need a forklift tyre replacement and the risks of inaction

Axis Tyres on 1 October 2018

When the lights flicker, it's time to change the bulb. And those creaky doors are a sure sign to bring out the oil. Your forklift also exhibits signs when it's time for a forklift tyre replacement. Find out when to change forklift tyres to keep your unit operating at its optimal performance.

Time for a forklift tyre replacement? Contact Axis Tyres today, and allow our trained personnel to change your tyres to get your business back on track sooner.

Why it's important to know when to change forklift tyres

Identifying when to change forklift tyres can save you drama down the line, as well as an unsavoury bill if left too late. Find out the risks of inaction caused by not knowing when to change forklift tyres.

  1. Unsafe for you and your workers

    Operating a forklift that has forklift tyre damage can cause risk to the driver. Your forklift tyres are designed to absorb the shock caused by rough surfaces. However, forklift tyre wear will reduce that absorption layer and the driver will endure the shock of up to 80% or more.

  2. Expensive when left unchanged

    Failing to notice and facilitate a forklift tyre replacement may cost you and your business more than you would like to pay. Your forklift tyre damage can put a strain on your forklift and functioning tyres that could result in more maintenance and service appointments than you have budgeted for.

  3. Choose a time to change that's convenient

    If you think that a scheduled forklift tyre replacement is a bother, then imagine the inconvenience of your forklift tyres giving out at a crucial time in your business operation. Take control of when to change forklift tyres and elect a time that is most convenient for you by way of an in-house tyre fitting or through our mobile tyre service.

Signs you need a forklift tyre replacement

If you are operating your forklift on a regular basis it can be hard to notice the change to your unit over time, and subsequently when to change forklift tyres. The two key indicators would be forklift tyre wear and forklift tyre damage.

Forklift tyre wear

Forklift tyre wear occurs over time and is unavoidable. Diligent care and sticking to routine forklift tyre maintenance will give your forklift and tyres longevity, but depending on your use you will expect to change them when the following signs become evident.

Evidence of forklift tyre wear:

  • Tyres worn down to safety line: this indicates that 50% of the tyres carrying power has been lost. The safety line is built in to the side of the tyre to indicate when it's time for a forklift tyre replacement.

  • Flat spots found on the tyres: these can be found in no particular pattern on the wheel of the tyre and will cause an uneven ride for the driver. Your forklift tyres should be round, so these flat spots will be easy to spot.

Forklift tyre damage

Unlike forklift tyre wear, forklift tyre damage can be unexpected and can occur when the right operating measures are not in place. You should be very vigilant in detecting signs of forklift tyre damage as operating them under these conditions can be very unsafe.

Evidence of forklift tyre damage:

  • Tears and cracks in the tyres: these can be found on the surface or side of the forklift tyre and it is not always easy to tell how deep they go.

  • Chunking in the tyres: this happens typically on the corner of the tyre surface and side of tyre and can cause an uneven ride for the driver.

Solid forklift tyre replacement

when to change forklift tyres

Solid forklift tyres are known for their resilience and longevity. These tyres will still need to be changed, but will yield up to eight times more hours than your typical forklift tyres and the forklift tyre wear will happen after a longer period of time, as will forklift tyre damage.

Here at Axis, out team of trained professionals will arrange a solid forklift tyre replacement at a time most convenient to you either through an in-house tyre fitting or at a mobile tyre service.

Pneumatic forklift tyre replacement

forklift tyre replacement

Pneumatic forklift tyres are reliable but they do not last as long as your more resilient models like the solid forklift tyres. You will see the above signs of forklift tyre wear and forklift tyre damage sooner, and while the tyres are more affordable upfront they do cost more in the long run.

Here at Axis, our team of trained professionals can facilitate your pneumatic forklift tyre replacement at a time most convenient to you either onsite or at a mobile location.

Disposing of tyres after a forklift tyre replacement

So after the forklift tyre replacement, then what? It's important that forklift tyres are disposed of in a way that is environmentally friendly. You can find an EPA approved recycling facility, or perhaps more easily have our Axis personnel remove the tyre and dispose for you after replacing your damaged or worn tyre.

Get your forklift tyres changed so you can keep your business moving. Contact our Axis team today to arrange a time for a forklift tyre replacement.