The tires on your wheel loaders are critical component for the machine’s performance on the job. They are responsible for how stable your machine is and for delivering the traction required to operate effectively and transport material where it needs to go. Following a few maintenance tips for your wheel loader tires will lengthen their lifespan and ensure your equipment performs at its best.
Regularly Check Pressure
It’s important to always maintain the proper pressure in all your wheel loader tires. If it’s too low, then your machine won’t move efficiently, and if the pressure is too high, then you increase the chances of a flat tire. Both under and over inflation can lead to abnormal, uneven, or accelerated wear and tear. We suggest that you keep a functioning tire gauge on hand and inspect tire pressure once a day to ensure it’s within the range outlined by the manufacturer.
Inspect Wheel Loader Tires Prior to Working
Before beginning each shift, it’s important to visually check the tires on your wheel loaders to look for any visible signs of damage or abnormal wear. If you do notice uneven wear, then you should rotate the tires as soon as possible in order to extend their lifespan. You should also check for bubbles, cracks, bumps, and anything that might be stuck in the rubber.
Routinely Clean Your Tires
It’s important to hose down your wheel loader tires regularly. Removing dirt, mud, and other debris makes it easier to visually inspect them and see if there is any damage or anything out of the ordinary.
Look Out for Debris
Wheel loaders work on sites that are full of objects and obstructions that can puncture or damage your tires. It’s critical that operators drive with caution and avoid areas with excessive litter or other debris. A flat tire on the jobsite will grind your operation to a halt and lead to costly downtime.
Store Equipment the Right Way
Too much exposure to sunlight can cause wheel loader tires to expand and crack. It’s important to store tires in a cool, dry place and to keep your wheel loaders out of the sunlight when they are not in use for extended periods of time.
Train Your Operators
Operators should minimize tire spinning and sharp turning, avoid dangerous obstacles, and try to take the shortest route possible when transporting material from one point to another. Spinning, abrasion, hard turns, and excessive distances will increase wear on your wheel loader tires. We also suggest not driving too fast, as slower speeds allow more time to see and avoid obstacles.
If you have any questions about wheel loader tires or wheel loaders in general, contact our team at Columbus Equipment today!