Your guide to understanding forklift tyre size charts

Axis Tyres on 26 November 2018

When it's time to replace your forklift's tyres, it can be hard to know what to look for. There are so many options to choose from. Forklift tyres are designed for specific models and work environments. How are you supposed to know which tyres will suit your specific forklift?

Identifying the measurements of your forklift tyres is a great place to start. Once you know how to identify tyre sizes and measurements, you'll find it easier to narrow down your search for the perfect set of forklift tyres.

The forklift tyre industry has its own unique set of measurements for forklift tyre sizes. That's why it's so important to familiarise yourself with these measurements for rims and wheels. If you're purchasing tyres from a US supplier, you may need to convert measurements from imperial to metric.

Ask a forklift tyre expert to help you find the right tyres for your forklift, contact Axis Tyres today.

How to measure your forklift tyres

In most cases, forklift tyre sizes will be printed along the side of your tyres. After identifying these measurements it's fairly simple to start looking for tyre replacements. Sometimes manufacturers don't print measurements on the sides of their tyres or the prints have simply worn off.

When the measurements aren't available, you'll need to measure the tyres yourself. Alternatively, you can rely on the services of a professional forklift tyre fitter. When you measure the tyres yourself, there are four dimensions you need to consider; outer diameter, band width, tread width, and the inside diameter.

In the diagram you'll find an example of where these dimensions are on a forklift tyre.

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Choosing the right load capacity

After identifying the correct measurements and forklift tyre sizes, the load requirements should also be calculated. The load wheels located at the front of your forklift need to have a higher load capacity than the back steer wheels. This is because the front of your forklift carries more weight.

While comparing cushion tyre sizes, you’ll notice that those with a larger width tend to have a larger load capacity. Check out our PDF catalogue for solid resilient tyres to see an example. When it comes to cushion tyres, we recommend choosing one that carries a load with the lowest inflation pressure.

Solid tyres are far more resilient and capable of handling larger loads with smaller widths. The smaller tread widths of these tyres also give your forklift better manoeuvrability. So, if you operate your forklift in a congested environment, consider a solid tyre for all those sharp turns around pallets and racking.

Choosing the right type of tyre

The operating conditions of your forklift should also be considered when you're identifying forklift tyre sizes.

  • If your forklift usually operates on rough and uneven surfaces, consider thicker tyre like a pneumatic forklift tyre.
  • If your forklift operates on smooth surfaces and even surfaces like concrete, consider getting solid rubber tyres.
  • For strictly indoor use in places such as labs and food factories, polyurethane tyres are the perfect fit.

Here are the most common types of forklift tyres used in the industry today:

Cushion press on tyres

These tyres are comprised of a steel band with rubber cushion moulded around it. This type of tyre is produced with either a smooth or tread traction. Made with a high-density rubber, these tyres are capable of carrying maximum load limits. You'll experience superior shock absorption on rough surfaces and superior traction on smooth surfaces like concrete.

Solid resilient tyres

These forklift tyres are the most common type used in the industry today. While they don't provide a cushioning effect, they're resilient enough not to be punctured or go flat. Solid resilient tyres perform well on hard indoor surfaces like concrete. They are also resilient enough for light outdoor use but rough and uneven outdoor surfaces should still be avoided.

Pneumatic tyres

These forklift tyres are made from strong wear-resistant rubber and are more suited for heavy-duty use whether it's indoors or outdoors. Inflated with air, these tyres provide a cushioning effect between your forklift and the ground. Pneumatic tyres won't let you down when it comes to operating on rough and uneven surfaces.

Polyurethane press on tyres

These tyres are specifically made for indoor use. They're perfect for work environments with smooth concrete flooring. Their solid construction makes them capable of carrying high load capacities over short distances. Resistant to punctures and chemical spills, they provide a smooth and safe riding experience.

Non marking tyres

Non marking tyres are suitable for industries that require a clean working environment. As their name suggests, these tyres won't leave tread marks all over your warehouse floor. You'll find pneumatic, solid, and cushion varieties of non marking tyres. Non marking tyres provide optimal performance on hard and smooth indoor surfaces.

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How Axis Tyres can help

If you're struggling to find new tyres for your forklift, get in touch with Axis Tyres. Our professional tyre fitters can help take the guesswork out of identifying forklift tyre sizes. Since 1992, we've helped thousands of businesses improve the performance of their forklifts with new tyres.

Our on-site tyre fitters will identify the correct forklift tyres sizes for your forklift. They can replace a full set of tyres on your forklift within 30 minutes of arriving at your work site.

With locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Wodonga, and Adelaide, our tyre fitters are never too far away. Our national distribution network can also ship your new tyre order within 24 hours nationwide. Can any other tyre fitters offer you the same level of service?

Contact our professional tyre fitters to find the right forklift tyre sizes for your vehicle.