Tire failure occurs from time to time. Rubber separates from the banding or in some cases the rubber’s durometer or hardness is poor. Generally these failures are uncovered or seen in a relatively short period of time or use. Both conditions create an unsafe condition in that they contribute to the forklifts instability while in motion, risking control issues as well as loss of loads. Continue reading
To begin with an average forklift doesn’t pretend to compete with your father’s Buick for the ride it give your personnel or product. The situation is only addressed by the tires your units has, to protect your people and product from a jarring ride you need to monitor tire condition. Continue reading
It’s a hard sell generally to get past the the reality that the tire is still “working”. It hasn’t failed, it still goes around and supports the unit and the load when asked to.
On to pneumatic or air filled tires. There are also foam filled pneumatics and solid [resilient] pneumatics, either of which go a long way towards reducing or eliminating flats [which should pay for the extra expense of a solid or the filling].
Before choosing one type or the other, consider the conditions of your lot, the type of loads your carrying, distances that are going to be traveled, and to what degree you want “ride” to be a factor, keeping in mind that the solids will be the roughest ride, particularly in winter, with foam filled running a close second.
We started yesterday explaining a few examples of how a cushion tire is compromised, and pointing out what that WILL lead to in how your employee, machine and product is treated, as well as what it MIGHT lead to when a failure of the tire causes full or partial loss of control of the lift truck’s ability to navigate or carry a load with stability.
Let’s continue to focus on some more common problems seen with a tire that’s become unsafe despite still being “round and black”.
The first question is easy, tires are essential for softening the ride your employee, equipment and product experiences, there is nothing else to absorb the shocks received as your lumbering machine makes its way across the shop floor or yard. The tire also has factors that involve safety, and for that reason there needs to be more care given to replacement, ignoring the often heard declaration of a tire’s soundness from the customer “well they’re still round and black”.