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Tires Ordered Before October 31, 2023

Eliminate Downtime By Having Your Tires Installed On-Site

Your tire quote will include on-site mounting and replacement of your tires. This will help limit the amount of time you will with be without your equipment. Once the tires are ordered and arrive, our technicians will schedule a time to replace them that fits your schedule. If you decide to wait until your tire fails, it could mean days without access to your equipment as we order and schedule the change.

Signs That is is Time To Replace Your Forklift Tires

Forklifts don’t have a traditional suspension system so the entire weight of the forklift and its load rests on the tires. Your average 5,000 lb. capacity forklift actually has to support up over 11,000 lbs. of weight on the front tires when fully loaded which is no small feat. Using a forklift with tires that need to be replaced can damage your forklift and create a dangerous environment for your operator as well as others nearby. Tires that need to be replaced can cause your forklift to be unstable. Riding in a forklift that needs to have its tires changed is uncomfortable for the operator and can lead to fatigue and mistakes.

Because tires that need to be replaced can become a hazard, it’s important to know how to tell when it’s time to change yours. During your pre-shift inspection, make sure to look for these warning signs that your tires may need to be replaced and contact W.D. Matthews for assistance if any of them are detected.

Indications it is Time to Replace Your Forklift Tires

Tires worn over the wear line. Many forklift tires have a wear line, often called the 50% wear line. When the wear of your tires reaches that line, it’s time to replace.

Chunking. If pieces, or chunks, of your forklift tires are falling off, that’s a good sign you need to replace them.

Tearing on the tires. Similar to chunking, if your tires are tearing off in spots, they need to be replaced.

Flat Spots. Your tires should be round, if they’re flat in any place, it’s time to replace them.

When inspecting your tires also make sure to check if there are any uneven signs of wear on each individual tire and between tires on the front and rear and on the left and right side. There could be an underlying issue that is causing premature wear due to the forklift’s condition or the application. Be sure to check your rims for any bending as they may need to be replaced as well. Tire pressure on air-filled, pneumatic tires should also be maintained at the manufacturer’s recommended level.

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