Tips for Taking Care of Your Forklift Tires in the Winter

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Taking Care of Your Forklift Tires

Forklifts like any other vehicle and machinery require regular check-ups and maintenance to deliver optimum performance. The winter period provides one of the most trying moments for using forklifts since the conditions are quite challenging on the surface making movement a challenge and it can be hazardous to the operator, other people present and the goods being handled. Much of the forklift’s smooth operations during winter relies on the tires. Thus equipping and maintaining your tires can save you a couple of dollars in forklift repairs Toronto during the winter season. Here are a number of effective tips to help you prepare the forklift tires for the winter.

Check for air pressure

During this period it is important to ensure all the tires of the forklift have sufficient amount of air pressure every time during an operation. To be sure of this, always check for air pressure before starting a new operation for the busy forklifts. For those that get to be idle several times during the day, check for air pressure at least once a day. An underinflated tire can cause serious accidents especially in snowy conditions since it has poor traction and this causes zero friction and plenty of sliding especially when they go flat. An overinflated tire on the other hand can easily bust out causing explosion as well as a vehicle fire. Air pressure in the tires tends to fluctuate according to the weather conditions and it tends to get lower and lower during the cold winter weather.

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Check for tread depth

During this period, one of the challenges your tires will be facing is getting the appropriate traction. The treading on your tires has to be deep enough to get through the snow as well as generate appropriate friction necessary for movement. Thus get the tires in good condition and where the snow is still thick you can consider siping your tires. It adds more traction complimenting the tread work on your tire. You also get better breaking and a smoother ride as well as improved acceleration. You can get a professional to review your tires and see the extent of siping that can be done to handle your forklift fleet.

Integrate necessary accessories

Even with all the right steps above taken, at times the snow and other cold weather elements could prove too much for your tires. To complement your tires you should add the necessary accessories that will mitigate any shortcomings. One of these is the use of tire chains. They can be difficult to install but a professional should help you with this. Tire chains are appropriate for a slush filled terrain as they prevent slides and slips. They cannot be used on dry ground if it is cold outside as it will affect your tires and asphalt.

Other appliances you can use as attachments are the plow and the scoop. These basically clear your work surface especially the terrain the forklifts will be riding on. You can remove the snow from parking and loading areas by pushing it away as well as pick it up with the scoop and pile it away.

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