TIRE PRESSING ON CUSHION TIRES WITH 24HR TURNAROUND
Longer Tire Life Rules
► Select the right tire for the application. Proper tire selection is critical to determine the success that truck will have at performing its function. This goes beyond just the tire size, careful attention should be paid to match the tire type, construction, and compounds to the application.
► Match the speed of the forklift to the application. New forklifts are equipped to travel at speeds that exceed a solid tire’s capacity. Lowering forklift speed may prevent premature tire failure.
► Inspect tires regular. Depending on usage and downtime sensitivity, tires should be inspected daily or weekly to remove embedded foreign objects. Inspecting tread wear will alert you to mechanical problems like brakes poorly adjusted or out of alignment.
► Lubricate truck properly. Over-lubricating causes an overflow of grease and oil which is harmful to rubber tires. Inadequate lubrication, particularly in the braking and power systems, will assure free rolling operation by reducing tire drag and skidding stops.
► Keep brakes in adjustment. Improper adjustment of the brakes on trucks whose wheels are part of the braking system, may cause heat build in the tire and cause premature tire failure.
► Check axle alignment and steering. Proper alignment insures tread wear is normal and even.
► Allow sufficient tire clearance. Proper tire sizing allows for movement of the steer tire and allows debris to fall free without being wedged in the wheel well.
► Center tire on wheels. Improper mounting of tires causes premature tire failure and poses a safety hazard.
► Use proper equipment and train your service technicians. Servicing industrial tires requires the proper tools and skills.
► Keep runways clean. Keep your floors clean, clear, and in good repair. Sharp objects, chemicals, and bad surfaces directly effect the useful life of a tire.
► Line travel routes to help drivers avoid collisions, scrapes, and bumps with walls, equipment, curbs, or other obstacles.
► Avoid excessive heat. Avoid prolonged exposure to hot surfaces or contact with hot metals. Heat shields may be used if heat source is unavoidable.
► Avoid spinning and quick stops. Sharp turns, quick starts and stops wear tread rapidly, grind in foreign objects and cause premature failure.
► Avoid overloading. Overloading causes rubber separation, cutting, chipping, and tire blow out. Overloading can occur when load is not centered, load is dangled on the ends of the forks, or fast cornering.
► Avoid oil, grease, or gasoline. Besides affecting the handling of the truck, chemicals can cause the breakdown of tire rubber compound leading to failure.
► Train your customer’s operator. Proper driving techniques, inspection, and regular maintenance will extend the life of the machine and the tires.
► Avoid standing loads. Solid tires can form a flat spot if left loaded overnight. In extreme cases, this flat spot may cause a bump each time the tire rotates, requiring its replacement