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December 15, 2018

White Non-Marking Forklift Tires

You might have seen these on your grocery run or in a warehouse. Tiny forklifts cruising by with its white tires rolling by. Contrary to popular belief, industrial tires do come in other colors than black (although it is the industry standard). The color black comes from the soot added to the rubber mixture and makes the tire more wear-resistant by absorbing heat and protecting the tyres from UV radiation. Of course, this ages the tires faster.

Advance Tyre OB503

Non-marking tires holds silica or chalk to prevent wear and the addition of anti-oxidants to the rubber protects the tires against UV radiation. These white tires leave a lot less marks on the ground due to its color. You can usually see them in warehouses containing food or hygiene products, especially in pharmaceutical and food processing units. Most countries’ regulations make it mandatory for these industries to use non-marking tires, solely for hygiene reasons.

Pros:

  • Less mess
  • Exactly the same as marking (black) tires, performance-wise
  • The base and core is identical to solid cushion tire
  • Maintains good traction, low-rolling resistance, low heat build-up, load carrying capacities and tread life due to the use of silica-based compounds

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Wears out at an average 25% faster than normal forklift tires due to the carbon being absent from the tires
  • Leaves invisible dust
  • Has no anti-static properties, which means that when being used close to flammable materials or explosives they need to be fitted with earthing straps

References:

White Forklift Tires (Non-Marking). The What and the Why..!

https://www.aalhysterforklifts.com.au/index.php/about/blog-post/forklift_non_marking_tyres_investigated