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Cushion Tired Forklift Trucks: Let’s Get Back to Basics

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Cushion tires used on cushion tired forklift trucks are made of smooth solid rubber and are fitted around a metal band. They are cheaper to manufacture and easier to maintain, but cushion tires do not get the same level of traction as a pneumatic tire, particularly outdoors. Cushion tires are best for smooth surface applications, primarily indoors or on loading docks. They also help with handling in smaller spaces, as they facilitate a smaller turning radius.

When you start looking to buy a forklift, one of the first things you will notice is the different tire types that are available. Pneumatic and cushion tires are the two most common, and those tire types are often used as a dividing line for the forklifts used in certain operations (along with fuel type) If your business operates a lot outdoors, then you may want to take a look at this post explaining pneumatic tires and why they are beneficial. But if you work mostly indoors, then cushion tires are made for you. To put it simply, cushion tires are made of a smooth rubber that is fitted around a metal band, great for indoor applications. The following are some of the major benefits of cushion tires. Continue reading

Forklift Tires and Knowing When Enough Is Enough

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forklift tire tech at workForklifts 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 your local, authorized Toyota dealer for assistance if any of them are detected. Continue reading

Your Forklift Tires, When Is It Time to Replace Them?

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forklift tire toolThe forklift tire is critical to forklift safety [provides stability] and for protecting the operator and the forklift itself from vibrations by acting as the forklift’s only form of shock absorption. The forklift tire is subject to harm through the environment it works in, operational patterns, and to some extent, operator abuse. So, understanding this, when is it time to retire [pun intended] you forklift’s current tire set?

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.

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By | August 1st, 2018|Categories: Forklift, Parts, Tires, Toyota|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Forklift Tires: This but Not That

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forklift tire choiceWhen choosing the right tire for your forklift, the most common options are pneumatic forklift tires or cushion forklift tires.  These two types of tires have significant differences between them that should be considered when evaluating which works best for your application.

Choosing the right tire impacts the handling and safety of your forklift.  The majority of forklifts are specifically designed for a particular tire and tires are designed for specific applications or industries. When deciding between pneumatic vs cushion tires for your forklift, there are many factors to consider. Continue reading

By | August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Forklift, Tires|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Forklift Tire Needed, Which Is the Best Fit?

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forklift tireThe forklift tire is critical to forklift safety [provides stability] and for protecting the operator and the forklift itself from vibrations by acting as the forklift’s only form of shock absorption. The forklift tire is subject to harm through the environment it works in, operational patterns, and to some extent, operator abuse.

Picking the right forklift tire for your operation can enhance safety and possibly cut your costs. Recently Camso launched a web based tool that give you direction in which tire you’ll need for your specific operation. Continue reading

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Efficiency, Parts, Tires, Toyota|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Forklift Tire Problems Roll On

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forklift tires in pileThe forklift tire is critical to forklift safety [provides stability] and for protecting the operator and the forklift itself from vibrations by acting as the forklift’s only form of shock absorption. The forklift tire is subject to harm through the environment it works in, operational patterns, and to some extent, operator abuse. With information from Toyota Forklift tire supplier Camso, we have put together a group of articles that work to explain tire problems, their causes and possible solutions. Our first piece was “The Troubles With Forklift Tires“, followed by “More Trouble with Forklift Tires” and “Secrets Your Parents Never Told You About Forklift Tire Failure

With a little understanding of what might go wrong with a tire, there is potential to correct circumstances before tire problems occur. While tire failures aren’t often catastrophic, they are disruptive and costly. Continue reading

By | December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Forklift, Parts, Tires|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Secrets Your Parents Never Told You About Forklift Tire Failure

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your parentsAround forklift trucks, the forklift tire should be a lot like Grandpa wanted of kids, better seen than heard. Simply round and black until something goes wrong, forklift tires carry our loads, protect the forklift operators and the products transported. They are of course the only suspension a lift truck has, and also are critical to the stability of the machine.

Over the past few weeks with the help of Camso we have been highlighting the different ways a forklift tire can fail, and in some cases offering solutions to prevent these failures. You can visit our first post here, and the send post here. Lets’ continue!

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By | December 9th, 2015|Categories: Forklift, Parts, Tires|Tags: , , |1 Comment

More Trouble with Forklift Tires

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forklift tire troubleWhile some forklift tires seem to wear like iron, other tires seem to need replacement almost immediately. What are the reasons behind these differences? Sometimes of course can be due to the quality of the tire,  you do get what you pay for. Other times it may be any one of the problems that Solideal or Camso summarized for the industrial forklift tire consumer. So many forklift owners have trouble with tires, we though it important to share some of the reasons “good tires go bad”. Continue reading

By | November 25th, 2015|Categories: Forklift, Tires|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Troubles With Forklift Tires

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forklift tireThere isn’t likely anything on a forklift put more in harms way than the lift trucks tires. Every day they’re asked to run over, through and into just about anything imaginable. Throw in a little fun making forklift doughnuts and it’s no wonder why so many forklift tires seem to “fail”.

Some time ago Solideal now known as Camso published information about forklift tire failures and what the root causes are. We wanted to share some of that information here. Continue reading

Forklift Tire Safety

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change forklift tireForklifts require a lot of focus on safety when anyone is working with them, or around them. That focus on safety is paramount when that forklift requires maintenance. Probably more safety concerns than the average Joe might think of when looking at a forklift down for maintenance or repair. But because of the forklift’s fuel sources, its hydraulic system and the sheer weight of its components, forklift technicians need to be very aware of the dangers found on a forklift even as it sits dismantled in front of them.

One area of concern that might be given less attention than it requires is the “simple” tire change.

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By | November 12th, 2014|Categories: Forklift, Safety, Service, Tires|Tags: , , |0 Comments