• How to Know When it's Time to Replace the Tires on your Forklift



    How do I know when to have my forklift tires pressed?

    We know this isn’t everyone’s favorite answer, but...it depends.

    There are many different factors that can impact how often you need to change the tires on your forklift. But to get you started off in the right direction you can do a quick self-audit to know what replacement schedule will best fit your forklift’s needs.

    Forklift Tire Pressing Self Audit

    • How many hours per day are you running the unit?
    • What type of terrain is the unit run on?
    • How heavy of loads is the unit carrying consistently?

    If you have a relatively low number of in-use hours per day, drive on indoor terrain and carry lighter loads, it’s likely your forklift tires only need to be replaced once a year or less. However, if you’re running your unit more than 6 hours a day, on uneven or varying terrain with heavy loads then the tires on your unit will need to be replaced twice or three times each year at a minimum.

    Answering the above questions probably gave you a good idea about whether you need to replace your tires more often than you are, but remember the results of the audit are meant to be a helpful resource or guideline. It is of course best to contact the professionals directly to get the most accurate recommendation for your forklift based on your individual needs.

    Right now you can take advantage of the opportunity to have an expert view your tires. Call us at 888-564-2191.

    Forklift Tire Replacement

    A simple way to tell if your forklift tires need replacing is to look at the lettering on the side of the tire. If the tread on the tire has worn down to the top of those letters or below, it’s time to schedule tire pressing--now!

    Many manufacturers also include a wear line or a safety line. If the rubber is worn close to or past that line, the tires need replacing ASAP.

    While checking the tread and amount of remaining rubber is a good rule of thumb, there are other threats you need to be aware of when it comes to proper forklift tire health. Including:

    • Radial cracking
    • Tire punctures
    • Chunking or flat spots
    • The weather

    That’s just to name a few! The point is, there are many unforeseen circumstances that could cause problems with your forklift tires.

    Regular Tire Pressing Schedule

    The absolute safest and most efficient way to know when it’s time to replace the tires on your forklift is to get on a regular tire pressing and forklift maintenance plan. A regular schedule takes the guesswork out of your equipment maintenance.

    What does a regular forklift maintenance plan look like?

    You’ll work with the experts to pre-determine how often your tires will need replacing. Based on the recommendations and your schedule, the qualified technicians can schedule regular, ongoing work on your forklift.

    At MH Equipment, we have hundreds of highly qualified professional technicians ready to meet your equipment maintenance needs. We will work with you to determine your needs and suggest a tire pressing schedule. Then we’ll put the plan in action and all you have to do is watch it run on autopilot.

    Forget having to remember or track the last time key maintenance was done, we’ll do the heavy lifting for you.

    I Need Tire Pressing Service Now

    If you’re realizing your tire maintenance is overdue, don’t panic -- we’ve got you covered.

    Give our tire experts a call and give us the make and model or your unit. We have hundreds of styles of tires in stock, and we can get you on the schedule ASAP to take care of that importance maintenance.

    Tire pressing services are available at MH Equipment’s 31 service locations around the midwest. And in select locations (St. Louis, Missouri and Des Moines, Iowa) we also have a mobile tire pressing unit we can dispatch to do the work at your location. This mobile option is an added bonus that helps you maximize the amount of time you can keep the unit in use.

    What happens if I Delay Replacing Tires?

    We always urge our customers not to delay forklift maintenance of any kind. When you’ve been in business as long as we have you see more “worst case scenarios” than you’d like to.

    That’s why we always recommend getting on a regular maintenance schedule. A regular schedule puts the burden of the maintenance on our shoulders instead of yours. After all you don’t want these consequences looming over your head because you delayed tire pressing:

    • Decreased fuel efficiency
    • Harder on the operator which can cause fatigue
    • Safety issues caused by lack of traction
    • Expensive damage to your forklift

    Increasing the Lifespan of Your Forklift Tires

    Of course, a regular maintenance plan goes a long way in keeping your tires in great shape, but another piece that needs to be addressed is how to keep your tires in good condition once they’ve been replaced. There are a few simple things you can do in your daily operation to reduce the amount of overall maintenance required. And who doesn’t want to save on maintenance costs?

    1. DO: Select the best tire for your operation. If you’re unsure, call the experts!
    2. DON’T: Run over objects or drive aggressively.
    3. DO: Check air pressure on your pneumatic tires daily -- if they’re not at the correct PSI it may be causing unnecessary strain on the tire and the unit.
    4. DON’T: Overload the unit with heavy loads.
    5. DO: Complete a visual inspection of your cushion tires before using the unit.

    Tire pressing is a necessary part of forklift maintenance. Replacing the tires every few months could seem like a pain, but if you trust the process to the experts and let the replacement schedule run on autopilot you won’t have to worry. The maintenance process, the safety of your crew, and the longevity of your unit will be in good hands.

    We’re here to do the heavy lifting for you (figuratively and literally).

    Give MH Equipment a call today and set your forklift tire replacement schedule at 888-564-2191.

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