Forklift Tires: What You Need To Know And When They Should Be Replaced

Are you like most, wondering what type of tires you need for your forklift? What if you don’t know when to replace your forklift tires? These are critical factors that could save you and your company a great deal of time and money. In this blog we will cover the two main types of forklift tires and the wear and tear to look for.

Forklift tires come in three different varieties cushion, solid pneumatic and air-filled pneumatic. Cushion forklift tires are primarily used indoors or on smooth outdoor surfaces. These tires can puncture easily, therefore, they are not suited for rough terrain. Pneumatic forklift tires are similar to a car or truck tire when air-filled for more comfort. Solid pneumatic forklift tires are used in outdoor applications where debris can easily make your tire go flat. Both cushion and pneumatic tires are offered in treaded or smooth options, however, you need to be aware of the moisture around the operation in order to make an educated decision on what type of tire you will need for traction.

Worn forklift tires can cause more damage to your lift truck that you would think. The axle of your forklift is typically specific to what type of tire it should have. Forklifts do not have suspension systems so the tires absorb the weight of the truck and the load. Therefore, the more worn your tires are the more pressure is put on the axle of the forklift. In order to reduce the risk of axle and other damage to your lift trucks, tires must be part of the daily operator checklist for each unit before using them. “Did you know: after a tire has worn 40%, the forklift and the driver will absorb over 84% of the shock if it’s being run over a rough surface. The transmission has to work much harder to turn the tires the same amount of rotation, which can result in a breakdown.” – If an operator starts to see chunking, cracking, tearing and/or flat spots it is time to replace your forklift tires. Below is an example of tires that have worn down to the “safety line” that some forklift tires come with and an example of tire chunking.

Worn Forklift Tires

Replacing forklift tires can be very dangerous and should not be performed but anyone not properly trained to do so. If you are in need of tire replacement services, contact Southeast Industrial Equipment at any one of our 10 branch locations throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia or Virginia. See our forklift tire guide below for more details.

Forklift Tire Guide

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Forklift Planned Maintenance – Preventing the Preventable

Reduce cost, downtime, & safety risks with our forklift planned maintenance programs performed by factory trained and certified technicians.


Forklifts and material handling equipment are the heavy lifters of your facility. No matter the quality of the lift, there are items to be maintained on a regular basis to keep your operation running at full speed. Much like an automobile, lift trucks need their oil changed, tires checked, safety features monitored and more. Utilizing forklift planned maintenance and material handling planned maintenance programs are the most cost efficient ways to reduce downtime and increase productivity.

Some businesses rely on in-house service programs or other vendors to perform maintenance when it is needed. Our customers have partnered with SIE for years because they want one vendor for all of their materials handling needs – whether it be service, parts, rental, or purchasing equipment.

We have over 180 factory trained & certified technicians, a company-wide 3.5 hour avg. service response rate, centralized parts department stocked with over $2 million in OEM parts, and 10 local branches throughout the Southeast to serve our customers 24/7, 365 days a year.

Here are five more reasons for forklift planned maintenance programs from .

  1. You reduce the cost of repair and equipment downtime when you catch problems early.
  2. You decrease the chance of costly workplace accidents by keeping your operators safe with regular forklift inspections.
  3. You get a better trade in value when you replace your forklift equipment.
  4. You pay one flat rate for labor, plus parts on a pre-selected interval of time (weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, etc.).
  5. You won’t need to spend money on onsite forklift mechanics.



We have 10 locations with fully equipped shops in house and a team of technicians with stocked service vans ready to take your call. Reaching from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, to Virginia.


North Carolina

Charlotte, NC Location – 12200 Steele Creek Road Charlotte, NC 28273  |  (704) 399-9700

Wilson, NC Location – 2145 Stantonsburg Road Wilson, NC 27893  |  (252) 291-4365

Raleigh, NC Location – 4720-100 Old Poole Road Raleigh, NC 27610  |  (919) 231-7735

South Carolina

Duncan, SC Location – 1750 East Main Street Duncan, SC 29334  |  (864) 848-9374

Florence, SC Location – 1800 North Cashua Drive Florence, SC 29501  |  (843) 629-0029

Charleston, SC Location – 9861 Highway 78 Ladson, SC 29456  |  (843) 552-4825

Columbia, SC Location – 400 Buckner Road Columbia, SC 29203  |  (803) 754-2119


Savannah, SC Location – 512 Bourne Avenue Garden City, GA 31408  |  (912) 965-9191


Richmond, VA Location – 5130 Commerce Road Richmond, VA 23234  |  (804) 714-0799


SIE Parts Fill Rate

Southeast Industrial Equipment has a company wide parts fill rate of 96%.

At SIE we like to think of our parts fill rate as a “stock fill rate” due to the limitless array of equipment we are capable of servicing. Our service vans are stocked based on the customers’ need, as well as, what the market dictates. Our centralized parts department, based out of our Charlotte, NC branch allows for consistent analysis of parts fill rates by service van and work orders, supporting SIE to maintain a 96% parts fill rate. The success of our road service assignments are largely due to the technicians having the right part stocked to complete repairs, right when our customers need it.

SIE Parts and Service