What to consider when buying Tyre Handler Attachments
Filed under: Forklift Attachment Basics
There are a number of aspects that you must consider, upon the purchase and utilisation of tyre handler attachments for your business. As most tyre-handling equipment is used within difficult environments, it is integral to ask the right questions in order to achieve greater productivity and profitability whilst maintaining safety standards. This blog will provide information on what you should know about tyre handler attachments, from body rotation capability to capacity retention, in order to ensure you are fully aware of what you need to consider upon their purchase.
Upon purchasing tyre handling equipment, one must consider the application in which it will be used. One of the most important aspects of the application you will need to consider is the capacity that is needed for the job. The capacity of the forklift can be determined by the weight of the load and the distance of the load’s centre of gravity from the face of the carriage or attachment. The weight of the load generally entails the tyres, wheels and in some cases the tyre chains.
It is also important to consider the dynamic stability of the truck, as it is travelling, braking, turning lifting and lowering.
It is important to be partnered with a manufacturer and local dealer who are able to help meet your needs. Dealerships should be able to offer a parts replacement program, fleet services and performance monitoring, rental and financing options as well as special applications engineering.
Body Rotation Capability
It is important to consider the tyre handler body rotation capability as well as the grab pad rotation capability, which typically ranges from 120 to 360 degrees.
Selecting the Appropriate Forklift
Upon selecting the forklift itself, it is important to determine the below:
• When, where and how long the forklift will be operated
• The capacity needed for tyre, wheel and chains
• If you will be using the forklift for more than one application
• If the attachment will be based on a fixed or variable load centre
Measurement and Tracking
Ensure you accurately measure the usage of the tyre handler in order to find out if and where fleet optimisation improvements can be made. This will allow you to analyse operational downtime and measure annual operating hours to determine how you can increase efficiency. You should also track annual fuel consumption, maintenance and service costs.
Tyre Handler Maintenance
Ensure that the tyre handler attachment has a documented maintenance plan detailing the actions and intervals required for tasks, including service inspections, component checks and change outs.
The tyre handler attachment must be subject to its own detailed pre-start check. The checklist can be separate or combined with the prime mover and should categorise defects that render the machinery unsafe to operate.
Combined Capacity Retention
When adding an attachment, you must consider the constraints of the forklift. To ensure maximum and safe performance from your equipment, you need to make sure the machine and attachment is capable of handling your load based on overall weight, size and dimensions.
Tyre Handler Condition
It is important to inspect the tyre handler attachment for any cracks, particularly cracks that have the potential to compromise the integrity of the tyre handler arms.
You should also develop a replacement schedule for bolts that are used in any “bolt on” section of the tyre handler arm and consider replacing them immediately if the current bolt condition is uncertain.
All employees that perform tyre-fitting operations must be trained and competent to perform this task.
It is important to consider all the different aspects of tyre handling equipment in order to gain maximum productivity out of its usage.
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