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2020-05-07

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Determining The Correct Replacement Press On (Cushion) Tire Size

2020-08-28

Sometimes when speaking to customers, they are unable to read the tire size on the side of the tire; The tire may be worn beyond the recommended minimal outside diameter (OD), or the tire may have been damaged and it is no longer readable.

We can usually lookup the unit history by the unit number or the serial number if Brunette Tire has previously installed the tires, or we can use a number of other references to lookup the standard tire size for that make and model of forklift.

Be aware that sometimes the standard tire size is not installed on the machine. Customers may have previously installed a wider tire to attempt to make a forklift more stable, or switch a narrow aisle forklift from polyurethane to rubber. Also, the last tire vendor may have installed the closest tire size they happened to have in stock because not everyone stocks as much as Cascadia Industrial Tire. Whenever possible, try and replace tires with the correct tires recommended by the manufacturer so the equipment specifications and engineering are correct.

As long as we can get two of the three dimensions, we can normally estimate the third. The outside diameter (OD) is ever changing as the tire wears and this is normally the measurement we are tying to estimate. Luckily the width and inside diameter (ID) does not change and we can make an educated guess on the OD.

STEP 1 - MEASURE INSIDE DIAMETER (ID)

For a cushion tire, we need to measurement across the hub centre INSIDE the steel band edges (the rubber is bonded to the steel band). The most popular ID sizes are:

TYPICAL INSIDE DIAMETER (ID) - CUSHION TIRES

6-1/4”

12-1/8”

6-1/2”

15”

8”

16”

10-1/2”

17-3/4”

11-1/4”

22”


STEP 2 - MEASURE WIDTH

For a cushion tire, we need the measurement the width of the tire from the edges of the steel band and not the rubber. The most popular sizes are:

TYPICAL WIDTH - CUSHION TIRES

4-1/2”

8”

5”

9”

6”

10”

7”

12”

STEP 3 - DETERMINING THE OUTSIDE DIAMETER (OD)

Cushion tire sizes are made up of three numbers: OD x Width x ID

For example, if the ID is 10-1/2” and the width is 6” this gives us: OD x 6 x 10-1/2

If you go to https://cascadiatire.com/forklift-rubber-press-on-tires.cfm it will have a listing of all the standard cushion tire sizes. If we look down the first column and look for the ID of 10-1/2 (last number) we will see we now have a small range of options (16 x 5 x 10-1/2, 16 x 6 x 10-1/2, 16 x 7 x 10-1/2).

Now apply the width and it only gives us one option: 16 x 6 x 10-1/2

Most of the time it is as simple as this. If in doubt, call the tire experts at Cascadia Industrial Tire and we can assist you.

How do you know when to replace a cushion tire

2020-05-07

So why can't we run the tire until we hit the steel band?

Loss of impact cushioning (Reflex Modulus)
With only 1-1/2" of rubber worn off tire, 100% of impacts are transmitted to machine (and operator) as there is not enough rubber to absorb (cushion) impacts

Reduced Clearance
The less rubber on the drive (front) tires, the lower the mast is to the ground and damage to the mast is expensive to repair while tires are inexpensive to replace

Reduces Carrying Capacity
As rubber is lost, carrying capacity is reduced and the tire will split or "radial crack" on the sidewall

Reduced Heat Disipation
With less rubber to absorb and disapate the heat the tire will start to break down. As the outside diameter is reduced, the faster to tire rotates again compounding the heat problem

How to measure a cushion tire
The manufacturerers recommend replacing the tire when the outside diameter (OD) is 1-1/2" off the original OD. There are two methods of measuring a tire to determine whether or not it is worn out.

Measuring it with a tape measure across the wheel
Look for manufacturerers name molded into the sidewall of the tire. As a general rule of thumb, when the tire wears down to the name stampled on the tire, it should be changed.

When to Replace Rubber Cushion Tires

Size New ID (in.) Replacement OD (in.)
14x4-1/8x8 14 12-1/2
16x5x10-1/2 16 14-1/4
16x6x10-1/2 16 14-1/4
18x6x12-/18 18 16-1/2
18x7x12-/18 18 16-1/2
18x8x12-/18 18 16-1/2
21x7x15 21 19-1/2
21x8x15 21 19-1/2
22x9x16 22 20-/12
28x12x22 28 26-1/2

Please note – this is a guideline only.
Different brands and models of tire have different specifications for outside diameter and width.