Replacing your worn forklift tires is important.
Not only does replacing them help contribute to your bottom line, regular tire maintenance helps foster a safe work environment.
Let’s look at how job safety and forklift tires are related.
Bearing The Burden
When you ride in a car, the smooth ride is due to a number of factors, including riding on air-filled tires. Not to mention, the springs and shocks that help cushion the vehicle when driving over bumps and potholes.
On the other hand, when a forklift moves the tires do everything. They bear the weight of the machine and the load. They steer and drive the machine, too.
When tires wear, they can cause damage to the wheel, axle, and forks, potentially causing harm to the operator. Uneven wear can cause a bent axle, which can lead to more vibration when moving. That can then be a distraction for the driver or cause undue fatigue which can lead to an accident.
Playing it Safe
Just one inch of wear can greatly impact your operation!
For example: A 16x5x10.5 tire can carry about 2730 pounds. A 16x6x10.5 (Just 1 inch more) can carry about 3460 pounds! Losing just one inch of rubber costs you over 700 pounds in carrying capacity.
Keep In Mind:
- How important is safety to your company?
- How important is the safety of your operators and equipment?
It’s important to regularly change your forklift tires. Replacing your worn tires can mean the difference between a safe, productive work environment and lost loads, damaged machines, and injured workers.