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Why forklift load wheels can fail

Why forklift load wheels can failIf you have not been keeping track of the life of your load wheels, now would be a good time to start. Here are the top reasons why forklift load wheels can fail and what you can do to get the optimal life out of those load wheels.

  1. Using the right durometer of load wheel for your application can help extend the life of your load wheels. The durometer is the hardness of the compound of the load wheel based on a 0-100 scale. The higher the durometer, the harder the compound. Average durometer for forklift load wheels is from about 80-97. A lower durometer of around 85 will give your forklift a smoother more absorbent ride for the operator. A higher durometer might give you a longer life on your load wheels, but you have to take your warehouse conditions into consideration.
  2. Damaged floors also affect your load wheels. Cracks, potholes, bumps and uneven floors all can cause serious damage to both your load wheels and your forklift in general. The hard hits and brunt force to the load wheel can cause cracking and chunking of the load wheel.
  3. Dirty floors also play a part in the life of your load wheels. Garbage, broken pallets pieces and debris can get caught in between the load wheels causing cracking and chunking of the load wheel.
  4. Dragging pallet loads across your dock floors affects your load wheels tremendously. Most operators are expected to be highly efficient with loading and unloading product in and out of trucks. Operators will try to cut their loading times by not fully picking the load off the floor or pushing pallets on the floor. Both causing intense heat on the load wheels that could cause the wheel to delaminate, meaning the compound comes off the hub. You should properly train your operators to use equipment correctly.
  5. Another good tip to know about load wheels is that the color of the load wheel doesn’t define the durometer or even the part number of the load wheel. Any compound or durometer can be any color the manufacturer makes them. To find out what durometer you’re currently using, contact your local Raymond parts sales representative who can test the durometer with a special tool to get that info for you, and recommend the right durometer for your application.