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Forklift Tire Repair in Calgary, AB

Let Tire Pirates Handle Your Forklift Tire Change

Operating a forklift is hard work that not everybody can do, and you shouldn’t be expected to repair or change your own forklift tires. Tire Pirates in Calgary, AB is proud to offer professional forklift tire repair and forklift tire change services. Your industrial equipment is put to the test regularly, and it depends on its tires day in and day out. Whether your forklift’s tires are damaged, flat, or need to be replaced due to old age, our team is ready to get the job done for you. We know you’re the experts at operating a forklift, but we’re the tire experts you can count on. Learn more about what we can do for you and contact us to schedule an appointment.

Professional Forklift Tire Repair Services

Time and efficiency are essential when working with industrial equipment. Having problems with your forklift’s tires can slow the job down or bring it to a screeching halt. You need strong forklift tires you can depend on, and when something goes wrong with them, you need a team you can rely on. Tire Pirates is proud to be in the forklift repair business for companies and individuals in the Calgary, AB area. When you need the top brands in forklift tires repaired or changed, we’ll do so in no time for Solideal, Monarch, Trelleborg, Thombert, Westlake and more. Forklift tires are the secret to a productive forklift. We all know they can be expensive, which is why repairing them is sometimes the best option.

Types of Forklift Tires We Service

One-size-fits-all does not apply to forklift tires. There are many different types of forklift tires, depending on your work environment and how your forklift is designed. Tire Pirates can change or repair multiple types of tires, including:

  • Cushion/Press-on Tires – These tires are made from solid rubber that’s been molded to a steel band. The rubber can be smooth or offer traction. Cushion tires are incredibly durable. They’re often the best choice for indoor use or light outdoor use on smooth surfaces.
  • Pneumatic Tires – Similar to car tires, pneumatic tires are made of traction rubber and are filled with compressed air, or sometimes Urethane. The best situations for pneumatic tires include indoor and outdoor use with areas free of sharp objects.
  • Solid Pneumatic Forklift Tires – Made out of solid rubber, these tires are extremely durable and can’t be deflated or punctured. That makes them the preferred choice for facilities prone to sharp debris like lumberyards or recycling centers.
  • Polyurethane Tires – A type of press-on tire, polyurethane tires are lightweight and offer more resistance to tearing, splitting, or chunking out under a load than their rubber counterparts. These tires provide low-rolling resistance and excellent traction. They often experience about double the lifespan of rubber tires. Polyurethane tires are best used indoors for light applications such as warehousing.
  • Non-Marking Forklift Tires – Made with hydrated silicas and special additives, these tires eliminate black marks on floors and are available for cushion, pneumatic, and solid pneumatic tires. They do have a short life span and are prone to causing static electricity, so you’ll need an anti-static strip on your forklift.

When to Replace Your Forklift Tires

Failing to replace your forklift tires can cost you time and productivity, so it’s best to know when they should be replaced. Forklift tires in poor condition have been linked to increased operator fatigue, which can lead to mistakes and accidents. Extensive damage to your equipment may also occur if you don’t replace your tires in time. Much like auto tires, forklift tires don’t have specific time frames for when they should be replaced. The best thing to do is regularly inspect your forklift tires, checking for wear and damage. Here are the key indicators that should be checked out:

  • Wear Line/Safety Line – Most tire manufacturers add a wear line on the tire as an indicator. If the tire’s rubber has been worn down to that line, it’s time to replace the tire.
  • Lettering – Once your tire reaches the top of the lettering or numbering on the sidewall, it’s time for replacement.
  • Tread – Visually check the tread height as you would with a car tire. If the tire is balding, replace it.
  • Chunking – This process happens when the tires repeatedly run over debris. Large pieces will fall off the tire, making for a bumpy ride and driver difficulty. Chunking can also result in damage to the load or product.
  • Flat Spots – Aggressive braking or spinning can create flat spots, causing an uneven and uncomfortable operator experience. Train forklift operators to practice appropriate speeds and braking to avoid flat spots, which are a sign you need to replace your tires.
  • Radial Cracking – This can occur when heat builds up in your tire, often from overloading your forklift. If you commonly see radial cracking on your cushion or pneumatic tires, you should consider using a wider or larger tire so you can spread the load over a greater surface area.

Contact Us Today to Schedule Service

Tire Pirates is ready to repair or change your forklift tires. We have locations in Foothills ad Chinook and also offer additional commercial services, as well as tire services for traditional vehicles. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you or to schedule an appointment for service.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Top of the Line Tires
  • 25 Years in Business
  • Highly-Trained Technicians
  • We’ll Install, Inspect and Repair Tires
  • Customer Service is Our Top Priority