Summertime. The word evokes images of swimming pools, barbeques, and beaches. Summertime also means HOT weather and strain on the workers and machines that keep the economy moving.
While many machines overheat during summer, often overlooked is the effect of heat on tires. Hot weather means tires wear faster and need to be replaced more often.
As little as an inch of wear can greatly affect the safety and carrying capacity of your machine. For example, a 16x5x10.5 can carry around 2,730 pounds. A 16x6x10.5 (only an inch more) carries 3,460 pounds! One inch difference means losing over 700 pounds of carrying capacity! Now look at the tires on your lifts and multiply this difference by all four tires. A worn tire will not safely sustain the load of a new tire.