Tyres affect vehicle performance more than you’d think! Here are 5 tips to ensure you’re maximising yours.
Apart from allowing a forklift to move, the type of tyre actually affects the vehicle’s performance, too. Whether a forklift can carry a heavy load or can run on different types of terrain without breaking down, that all boils down to the tyres.
So how do you know you’re getting the most out of your tyre selection? We compiled a few things to look out for to help you out:
1. Select the correct tyre
While there are a number of tyres available on the market, there are three main types you need to look out for. Here’s what each do:
• Pneumatic: can withstand high speeds and long distances and driven over different types of terrain
• Solid: made using pure rubber and meant to be used exclusively on smooth surfaces
• Resilient: a hybrid of both, they have an anti-abrasive layer, a soft shock-absorbent layer, and a rigid base to keep the tyres secure
2. Make sure your tyres are high quality
When it comes to buying tyres, do not be afraid of spending a bit more – this will actually lower your costs in the long run. Manufacturer-approved tyres are less prone to wear and tear than cheap tyres, which will keep your breakdown and repair costs lower in the long run.
3. Let your tyres cool down
All tyres, even the highest quality ones, have one weakness: high heat. Since they’re made of rubber, exposure to too much heat may cause them to melt and break down. At most, tyres can go 2 kilometres nonstop before they need a 15-minute break to cool down.
4. Look out for tyre marks
Some forklifts are designed to preserve a tyre’s quality for longer, like Komatsu, for example. This doesn’t mean they won’t need replacing eventually. An easy way to check whether or not a tyre needs to be changed is by keeping an eye out for black skid marks on the floor, which only happens when a tyre has been thoroughly worn down. Aside from tyre marks, here are 4 more signs your tyres may need replacing.