How to choose your forklift tyre in Brisbane in 2018

What tyre does your forklift need, and how will it last longer?

Is it time to replace your forklift tyres? Is the top of the tyre worn to the wear line? Is the tyre chipped, slashed, gouged, or damaged? Has it got flat spots or uneven wear?

There are several types of forklift tyre used by businesses in Brisbane. Which type you should buy will depend upon several factors. These include:

  • The type of terrain on which the forklift will operate
  • How often the forklift is used
  • Whether the tyre is to be used indoors, outdoors, or both
  • Loads to be carried

In this article, you’ll learn what type of forklift tyre is best for your operation, and how to make your forklift tyres last longer.

Your forklift tyre choice: what are the options?

The main types of forklift tyre available are:

·      Cushion tyres

Ideal for use on smooth surfaces, like concrete floor warehouses, and in facilities where tight turning is a requirement.

·      Pneumatic tyres

These are like the tyres used on cars and trucks: rubber, and with deep tread. They help to cushion the blow between rougher terrain and the forklift, making for a more comfortable operator experience.

·      Solid tyres

These are like pneumatic tyres, except they are not air-filled. Thus, the operator and forklift don’t benefit from the same cushioning effect. However, they don’t puncture, and so last a long time. They are best suited to indoor use, though are also good on smooth outdoor surfaces.

·      Foam-filled forklift tyres

Instead of being filled with air, these tyres are filled with a foam that prevents punctures. They also provide the cushioning of pneumatic tyres.

·      Non-marking tyres

These solid tyres have had carbon black removed, and so are ideal for indoor use where it is important not to mark floors. The downside is that they tend not to last as long because the lack of carbon black shortens their life.

Three ways to extend you forklift tyre life

Whichever type of tyre you buy for your forklift operation, you’ll want to get the best value for money. To do so, it’s essential that they last for as long as possible. There are three things you should do to help forklift tyre life:

1.     Use them properly

Driving correctly on tyres is essential. Sudden braking, spinning, or sharp starts and turns all contribute to tyre wear. Make sure your operators understand that good driving habits are important to maintain tyres, as well as safety standards during operation.

2.     Tyre inflation

Check your tyre inflation pressures regularly, and at least once per month. Make sure the valve has a cap to prevent dirt from getting into the tyre.

3.     Tyre storage

Store forklift tyres in a cool, clean place. Keep them away from oil and dirt.

Only store forklift tyres for a few months – even when not being used, tyre rubber degrades.

Do solid tyres last longer?

We’re often asked if solid tyres are really worth their price. Of course, your choice should first be dependent on your need – where the tyre will be used and what for. Generally, if you look after a solid tyre, it should last up to three times longer than a pneumatic tyre.

Wherever your forklift operates, Darra Tyres has the tyres you need. With more than 100 years of combined experience in the forklift tyre market, you’ll find our personal but professional approach refreshing. Contact Darra Tyres today, and we’ll help you navigate the highly competitive market and select the best forklift tyres from the huge range available.

Keeping your family and fleet safely on the road,

Kevin Wood

About the Author

Kevin has been at the forefront of the tyre industry for over 20 years. Kevin's speciality is in industrial and commercial tyres including the management and upkeep of fleets. Kevin has worked with vehicles his whole career from painting, mechanical, suspension and panel beating he has also spent time in the Australia Army as a driver. He has driven all size of vehicles throughout his career so understands the demands placed on drivers.