Is it time to get your forklift a new set of wheels?
The condition of forklift tires is a crucial, yet overlooked aspect to many warehouses. Forklifts are generally responsible for carrying nearly 10,000 pounds with no suspension to cushion the ride. Meaning, your forklift tires carry all of the liability and load weight.
This is why it is so important to give your forklifts the attention that they need, and to check the tires frequently in order to prevent safety hazards, as well as facility and forklift damage.
So, what specifically is at stake when you operate a forklift with damaged tires?
Your Operator’s Safety
Similar to any equipment or machinery that requires tires, we know that they do not last forever, and their condition should be paid close attention to.
When it comes to forklift tires, there are a number of signs that point to trouble. Tire chunking is one of the main issues that you will run into when your tires need to be replaced.
When forklifts are driven repeatedly over miscellaneous debris (inside and outside your warehouse), pieces of rubber will fall off, leaving chunks of the tire missing. This concerns your forklift operators, as they will begin to experience a less than smooth ride. Your operator will now be dealing with excessive bouncing and vibration when trying to complete their tasks.
Eventually, this will cause fatigue that may lead to other physical concerns. Additionally, your operators may become agitated due to the conditions, creating a hazardous situation for themselves and other employees.
You can maintain a safe and productive workplace by paying attention to the condition of your tires.
On top of the affects that worn out tires will have on your employees, they can also be a danger to the loads that your forklift is carrying. The chunking, tears and cracks in your tires will result in unsteady loads, as well as excessive wear on one axle, changing the tilt of the mast.
By taking these factors into consideration, you can protect your products, employees and warehouse all at the same time.
As mentioned before, tires play a key role in protecting your facilities daily operations.
Because nobody wants to spend money on damage that could have been prevented (especially when caused by equipment
that is meant to make your life easier), you must pay close attention to the tread on each of your tires. Tires without tread can cause your operators to lose control of the forklift, resulting in extremely costly damage to door frames, racks, walls, operating machinery, and of course, your forklift.
So, what do you say, is it time to get a grip on your forklift fleet?
At Wisconsin Lift Truck, we make replacing your forklift tires quick and effortless!