Rule Number 1: Sufficient cooling time for the tyres
Whenever possible let the forklift tyres cool down for the duration of one whole shift – meaning seven or eight hours at least.
Rule Number 2: Avoid recurring overload situations
Especially with forklifts, you have to distinguish overload on the front-axle from overload on the steer-axle in the back.
An unloaded forklift has a latent overload situation due to its counterbalance weight in the back.
Rule Number 3: Adequate driving distance
An industrial solid tyre is made for empty and loaded conditions – but too much of one of them has a potentially straining influence.
An example: An industrial solid tyre is made for empty and loaded conditions – but too much of one of them has a potentially straining influence. Solid tyres are limited in terms of their maximum driving distance or average distance per hour due to heat generation. This can affect the steering axle in terms of empty running, but also the front axle during the transport of goods (load & carry). The limits depend on many different influencing factors. If you have any questions, please contact our Technical Customer Service team.
Rule Number 4: Adequate speed
Solid tyres are designed for maximum speed of about 16 mph (25 km/h). However, the permitted average speed is significantly lower 3 - 6 mph (5 - 10 km/h), otherwise the tyre is at risk of thermal damage. The exact possible average speed depends on many factors (e.g. load, break times, number of shifts, tyre size). If you have any questions, please contact our Technical Customer Service team.