When it comes to wet disc brakes in forklifts the qualities are often debated. It has been said that the larger the forklift, the more rational it is to add the wet disc brake option. Nevertheless, this is often based on misconception. Below we have a simple outline of the pros and cons of using wet disc brakes on your forklifts.
- It is likely that there will be a price premium for wet disc brakes on your new forklift.
- Normally, the performance is considered better on your wet disc brakes.
- Your regular brakes are much easier to inspect visually, indicating wear easily.
- Both your wet and drum brakes can last for up to 20,000 hours or more.
- In general, with wet disc brakes, preventative servicing must be performed more often, at intervals of 500 – 1000 hours.
- Where an oil change does not occur regularly, the wet disc mechanism will wear out, this may result in significant mechanical and financial risks.
- With wet disc brakes, a full service should be performed every 8,000 – 15,000 hours.
- The application will affect the oil temperatures in your wet disc brakes.
- If you travel at fast speeds, this can also affect oil distribution and can lead to more frequent servicing due to possible contamination from friction material or damaged seals and heat degradation.
- The services become more expensive on your wet disc brakes due to the assembly being so complex and because there are more moving parts. Using oil coolers can help control these potential service costs.
- Driver training can most definitely protect you against excess costs. For example, if your foot rests on the inching pedal, this can wear your discs.
You might have to pay a premium for wet disc brakes, but they will require servicing less regularly and they will last longer. However, the services will cost much more than your standard dry brakes. Contact Brakecore to discuss how you can be sure to get the most out of your wet disc brakes, and to minimise the operating costs.