Forklifts have evolved over the past 100 years since their inception, and as developments and technology continue to take the forklift and materials handling industry to new heights- tires are getting a lot of attention.
Tires tend to be the biggest “wear” item on a forklift, and the biggest cost-concern for owners as well. Typically, tires can compose up to 30% of the cost of operating a fleet.
Here are some of the topics high on the list of forklift owners when it comes to their tires:
Non-Marking Tires: Once upon a time, it was European facilities that held non-marking tires in the highest regard. That is not-so-slowly changing as they are becoming more prevalent in US facilities. As warehouses improve their floor conditions and facilities, non-marking tires have become a necessity- particularly in rental fleets. Rental operations don’t know just where their lifts may be operating on any given day and they have made a large push towards non-marking tires.